ALL: Live + One: CD

Sep 09, 2009

This is apparently the “live” part of the title, ‘cause what I believe was the “+ One” part of the title (a live set from the Descendents) is not here. The sound quality here is a notch better than their last live album, Trailblazer, and the songs are a little tighter as well. Although Chad’s vocals are a little more limited in range than Scott’s or even Milo’s (especially obvious on his take of “She’s My Ex”), he does make a commendable effort to stay true to the oldies and succeeds for the most part. Live versions of the band’s newer songs are what the listener should take notice of, however. Here, this incarnation of the band gels most, proving both why they’ve been such an influential force in punk music and why they’ll never really fit in with the hordes they’ve spawned: they’re a truly original, great band.

 –jimmy (Epitaph)

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