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Days Go By

Days really do go by for The Offspring, whose last outing was 2008's Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. Actually, four years has become the standard amount of time between albums for these guys, which arguably creates some added pressure to deliver something substantial. The end result of reteaming with producer Bob Rock and at least two years of sporadic recording sessions, Days Go By is merely an okay effort, with a handful of decent songs as well as at least one groan-worthy one (that would be "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)", which continues to indulge the band's love for borderline-parody novelty numbers, even at the expense of sounding disconnected from the rest of the record). The title track fares slightly better, but bears a mildly suspicious resemblance to Foo Fighters' "Times Like These." However tracks like "Secrets from the Underground" and a re-recorded, beefier "Dirty Magic" are worth checking out, and the set finishes nicely with "Divided By Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell," two quick blasts of retro Offspring goodness.


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