The Offspring - Days Go By

The Offspring
Days Go By
Columbia
2012
5
Average: 6.7 (9 votes)
Brand new album for the American punk rock band The Offspring; after “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” in 2008, they almost immediately started working at what was to become “Days Go By”. The album was produced and mixed by the renowned Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, The Cult etc.) and it is featuring drummer Pete Parada (Halford, Engine, Steel Prophet, Face to Face etc.) who joined the band a year prior to their 2008 album release. Josh Freese, session musician, recorded the drum tracks as he had similarly done so, in the band’s previous two albums.
 
In music terms, the album has both pleasurable songs and some that don’t pass muster. “The Future Is Now”, “Days Go By”, “Turning Into You” and “Dirty Magic” (re-recorded from their 1992 album “Ignition”) are quite nice songs and if you exclude “Cruising California”, “Oc Guns” and “I Wanna Secret Family (With You)” which are a disaster, the rest of them are more or less decent. Inevitably, there have been changes in their overall style; thing which should be a common practice for groups assuming they want to evolve. Nevertheless, I tend to think there’s something missing here… their previous albums had faster tunes and catchier songs. By the way… the album was labeled “Parental Advisory” (I didn’t fathom why) so beware!
 
“Days Go By” will not be welcomed at full strength if you ask me… the most dedicated fans of the band might beam with delight (they’d do it anyway!) but the rest of us who are in search of listening to good music without caring for any name, this new work leaves a lot to be desired.
 
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