Descendents
Everything Sucks


3.0
good

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
June 21st, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Of course the Everything Sucks cover art looks the same as (almost) all the Descendents other works. What would a Descendents album be without that faithful man on the cover? With his hammerhead glasses, fresh cut spiked hair, and an emotionally dry mouth, he isn�t the prettiest of dudes, but he is an icon to both the underground and pop-punk scenes of America (presumably drawn to look like Descendant�s lead man Milo Auckerman). He is to punk what Eddy (of Iron Maiden�s cover art) is to the Metal scene. The band is arguably as influential as anyone in the genre and for all the right reasons. With the release of their 1st LP, Milo goes to College, Descendents became one of the underground�s most enjoyable punk bands, and with their ferocious riffs and lovably awkward lyrics they were soon catapulted into the spotlight. Many hiatuses, genre changes and rejections later, Milo (the singer) is a biochemist and the band releases one of their most popular LP�s, Everything Sucks, a return to their older years.

Beneath the fast paced riffage and hardcore drumming beats the heart of Descendents. A pop-punk band with heart? Some might scoff at it; say things like �how unoriginal� or �sounds mega pretentious�. But with geek-chic in full bloom who could blame them. Many people might not be impressed with Milo�s lyrics, but others know. Even after college, with a successful career, Milo is full of angst. The lyrics to hit single I�m the One show a loveably na�ve soul. Though he is singing about being a caring guy, Milo�s band really speaks for itself. Fast paced almost hardcore punk riffs from guitarist Steven Egerton work�s so well with Milo�s words it�s almost scary. Though the song is nothing brilliant (even on a pop-punk scale) I�m the One is easily one of the most fun singles to come out of the nineties. And other songs don�t far fall from the tree.

As always the bass is extremely well done on Everything Sucks. With the departure of star bassist Tony Lombardo, relative newbie Karl Alvarez had huge shoes to fill on this album. He delivers ten fold with some career work on tracks like Caught, Doghouse and Everything Sux. Though the bass trades bouncy licks with red hot guitars on most tracks it is almost unnoticeable on most tracks without a bass boost. Other than this the album production is fairly smooth considering it was self produced by drummer, Bill Stevenson and Egerton. Some might miss the domestic raw quality of early classics like Fat and Milo Goes to College, and even with the return to the slightly ska pop-core of the early days the album hardly lives up. Tracks like When I Get Old are a perfect example of this phenomenon. The lyrics are un-inspired and, while the music is well done and catchy, it drags. The song is one of the longest on the album at only 2:29, and falters on almost every note possible.

If any song shows that band at top form (as they were in College) it would be Doghouse. Doghouse features some of Milo�s best (if a little forced) lyrics (Now it�s time to go work for the man, I work for the man at the taco stand) and a return to old form. However If I had to pick a song to call the best lyrically it would be the hilarious This Place Sucks. The lyrics are almost godly at some points, though Milo keeps his modest sense of rebellious angst.
Quote:
Originally Posted by This Place Sucks
I've been slinking through the halls like an unwashed dog
And everybody treats me like a criminal
Talk about me behind my back
At least I don't have a stick up my ass���������I haven't found a single friend in three whole years
'Cause there's nobody here but the bible boys
Talking about their white bread politics
.

The bass in both mixes is incredibly low, but great if you can hear. Alvarez jumps from fret to fret to fill in guitar gaps and ends feature Milo at up stealing the show. Another of Everything Suck�s quality songs comes in Hateful Notebook, with a more experimental tone to the music, a heavy drumbeat and cool fuzzed up guitars. Again they his absolute best, lyrically and vocally, he creates hooks and keeps a cool tone the whole time.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hateful Notebook
SUCH A HATEFUL LITTLE GIRL
HER LITTLE BOOK IS HER WHOLE WORLD
SHE'S WRITING IN HER LITTLE BOOK, SHE DON'T LIKE ME
BUT SHE'S GOT ME HOOKED
AND I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER
WHAT SHE'S LIKE BETWEEN THE COVERS
This album, while not the best from the Descendents features many great songs. The first half seems a little disappointing, but the second brings the heat. Surprisingly enough it�s the second half that ventures farther from the time tested formula, proving the Descendents are much more than a pop-punk band. The album ends with the pseudo cheesy Thank You and deserves a solid 3/5.

- Joe.



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NEDM
June 21st 2006


1113 Comments


Great review VagueDan, I love the Descendents.

RandyfromPennywise
June 21st 2006


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey nice, I was going to do this review tomorrow. Meh.



Hey what's this "sound off" thing?

Zebra
Moderator
June 21st 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great work on the review but I think you put a little to much focus on the lyrics. I don't pay to much attention to the lyrics I listen to the Descendents because their music is raw and catchy.

Coffee Mug and Sick-O-Me are the Descendents at their best, the rest is good but not great.

Two-Headed Boy
June 21st 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys are cool.

Laafe
July 24th 2006


347 Comments


i just bought this album today. havent listened to it yet.

Misfit_Fiend
September 30th 2006


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this album

descendents1
December 16th 2006


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It sure deserves a 3/5. This album contained a Descendents must with "Coffee Mug" and a few other good songs, but it still isn't up to par with other Descendents efforts.

RandyfromPennywise
June 20th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really, really surprised by the lack of kudos for I'm The One. Yeah it's a poppy love song, but whatever, for me it's one of their best songs. That and Sick-O-Me are awesome.

descendents1
June 20th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm the One is a good song. The multiple mispellings of "Descendents" in the intro paragraph are not cool!

RandyfromPennywise
June 20th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know, that annoys me no end. It's Descendents, and it's not THE Descendents either!

descendents1
June 20th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah people get that wrong a lot too. The reviewer knew it was just "Descendents" though.

DaveBum69
May 28th 2008


699 Comments


dude this deserves higher, and when I get old is one of there best songs

jrowa001
December 27th 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this album. its the only Descendents album i have. which one should i get next?

cvlts
January 19th 2011


9423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbh probably my favorite Descendents album

BMDrummer
August 5th 2014


13984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

basically just sounds like the Descendents trying to sound like themselves again, good though

facetheslayer666
January 7th 2015


117 Comments


i wouldn't make that comparison about iron maiden's icon to this one but good review otherwise

Supercoolguy64
January 7th 2015


8049 Comments


more like descendents suck
ooooh shit burn

Digging: Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

AtrumCimex
January 9th 2015


99 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my favourite part of the album was prolly the instrumental at the end

deathschool
February 1st 2015


21896 Comments


Sick o Me is so fucking good

Storm In A Teacup
November 13th 2016


22091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this slightly more than Milo Goes to College.



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