Descendents
Milo Goes to College


4.5
superb

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
December 12th, 2005 | 290 replies | 54,907 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


4 of 8 thought this review was well written

I do not know punk music very well. I was never a fan of 80's punk music or punk in general. When I hear 80's punk I think Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Husker Du. Out of all the punk I've listened to the Descendents are the best out there. Milo Goes To College is one of those albums that contains no bad tracks and every song is at least good, but most of these are great. The Descendents formed in 1981, and this is the bands sophomore album, and their best.

The Descendents mix together a perfect combination of pop-punk, funny lyrics, and anger. I mean, with songs like "I Wanna Be A Bear" you know this isn't going to be your typical punk album. This is a poppy album, there are no raging guitar solos and rough edged vocals. The thing that keeps me coming back for me is that every song on here is so damn catchy. I don't usually fall for music like this, but the guitar riffs, drum beats, and basslines are so catchy that it will force you to listen to another song. Milo Goes To College is possibly the most accessible punk album I have heard. The music is catchy yet there are some raw tracks that have a more punk edge. The lyrics are funny, humourous, and sometimes they can actually be serious. Milo sings about girls, sex, not being a loser and his desires to become a bear. The Descendents tackle almost everything on here, the lyrics are great coming from a punk band. Sometimes the Descendents can be more serious with their lyrics, it still works and keeps the album more raw. Throughout catchy pop hooks, funny lyrics, and a few raw tracks the Descendents have created a pop-punk gem.

The instruments featured on here are superb. The bass is amazing, just listen to the opening riff on "Myage." The quick basslines are catchy and fun, they are very well done and if you want to conquer these basslines you need some talent. It feels good to listen to a pop-punk band that has a good bassist and don't just have a solid guitar player. The guitar is just as amazing as the bass is. The guitars riffs are fast, catchy as hell, and fun. Compared to other punk bands the guitar seems just as good. Like all punk music, the guitar is the center of attention and it does a good job. The drums are good aswell. They make a decent rythm section, and although they don't do anything amazing the drums have their moments. Mixing with these instruments would be Milos vocals. He has a somewhat high-pitched voice, and sounds like a 20 punk. On a few songs he really sounds rough and raw like he's going to kill somebody. That only happens on two or three tracks, most of the time is has a high-pitched, somewhat whiny voice. Milos vocals mix great with the music, and he creates an amazing pop-punk sound.

Overall this album is a pop-punk gem. While bands like Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy are called "pop-punk" the Descendents are the true pop-punk band and the two bands I just talked about are pop bands. Some people may call the Descendents a punk band, it is all a matter of opinion. The instruments are superb, the vocals mix well with the album and the lyrics are hilarious. This is a pop-punk or a punk gem. If you are trying to get into punk music than this is the perfect place to start. Now, if you are a punk fan than you need to get this, it's that essential. The Descendents are one of the few 80's punk bands that I can get into, this is simply a brilliant album in all aspects.



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Storm In A Teacup
December 12th 2005



12688 Comments


:mad: I wan't to be a bear too! :mad:



True Pop-punk eh? Sounds catchy.

Great review Zebra, I might check it out. :thumb:

Berserker!
December 12th 2005



73 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wanna shit in the woods.This Message Edited On 12.12.05

Med57
Moderator
December 12th 2005



1001 Comments


Probably my favourite band in the genre. This is a very good album as well...probably my favourite by them.

masada
December 12th 2005



2733 Comments


This is easily their best album. It's full of classic songs, although they are all pretty short.

Their most recent, Cool to be You is kind of meh.

NEDM
December 12th 2005



1113 Comments


Suburban Home is sweet.

Nice review Zebra, The Descendents are a solid band.

FauxApathy
December 12th 2005



98 Comments


I've not heard this yet, but I know I got it for christmas, so hopefully I'll like it.

Kind of funny when bands Like Fall out Boy and Simple Plan are in the same genre as bands like The Offspring and older pop-punk bands, yet they sound distinctly different.

DownPaymentBlues78
December 12th 2005



278 Comments


This is a pretty good album. Probably the Descendents best. Myage, Catalina, Hope, and Marriage are my faves from this one.

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005



3854 Comments


That is the greatest CD cover ever... but not really though

DownPaymentBlues78
February 19th 2006



278 Comments


I don't think Milo's voice is ever whiney. On this album in particular, he almost always seems to be in that "going to kill someone" voice as you described it.

Desensitized
February 20th 2006



136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is an excellent album, but if you're gonna get it make sure you get "Two Things At Once" instead. It has this album, plus the "Bonus Fat" EP.

More music for your money.

greatrayray
March 15th 2006



7 Comments


I might buy this just for the review...

The Jungler
March 27th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only Descenents song I've heard is I'm the One, but I just might check this album out.

Simon Kent
April 14th 2006



58 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm the One is the worst Descendents song ever. Bad first impression.


The Jungler
June 19th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your right, this album is MUCH better. Expect a review for Everything Sucks (feat. I'm the One) soon.
Once I finish listening to this album I will give you a verdict. Most likley 4 or 4.5 matirial.

The Jungler
June 20th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Easiely one of the most enjoyable/ best pop punk albums ever. The biggest problem with it is the length of the songs. Some really good ones should last about two minutes longer. I guess it evens out with the baddies though. Fantastic album.

smokersdieyounger
June 22nd 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive only heard ''Im the one'' but because I like most of the punk rock and pop punk that came out as a part of the same ''scene'' I really want to hear this.

DownPaymentBlues78
June 22nd 2006



278 Comments


This album >>> I'm The One

smokersdieyounger
October 3rd 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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slep
November 11th 2006



1604 Comments


amazing band. amazing album


Akumac
January 21st 2007



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is one of the greatest punk albums ever, i especially love Bikeage and Hope.

"i wanna be a bear!"



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