DESCENDENTS: Hypercaffium Spazzinate: CD

Brand new record that finds the band still at the top of their game. What makes this works is that each band member writes, so there is variation and different perspectives featured. There are the fast songs like “Feel This” and “Victim of Me.” The humorous songs are here too—like “No Fat Burger.” But it is the trifecta in the middle that really grabs me—”On Paper,” “Without Love,” and “Smile.” Unbelievably amazing. There is a “bonus elements” section of five songs that have their own insert, but no drop in quality in the songwriting department. Essential. –Sean Koepenick (Epitaph, descendentsonline.com)