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Descendents: AllAll (1987)
SST Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: fallingupwards84fallingupwards84
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Pop-punk has gotten a bad name throughout the last decade as many of the bands within that genre have flooded MTV and the airwaves. However, the Descendents represent to me what pop-punk should sound like. As one of the most influential bands of all time, I find it hard-pressed to find a Descendents.
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Pop-punk has gotten a bad name throughout the last decade as many of the bands within that genre have flooded MTV and the airwaves. However, the Descendents represent to me what pop-punk should sound like. As one of the most influential bands of all time, I find it hard-pressed to find a Descendents song that is lacking in quality and substance...except, perhaps, the notorious "Orgofart" from Enjoy!.

All would be the last Descendents album before their nearly decade-long hiatus (although you could argue that they technically did not go on a hiatus, since All is essentially the same band, just with a different singer). It was the followup to Enjoy!, an album that received just an average review from this site late last year. While I personally think that Enjoy! was one of their best efforts, many at the time of the release were unhappy with it, and when the Descendents wrote All, it appears the band recognized that.

This album is unique in a number of ways, the most obvious being that it was the first with Karl Alvarez on bass and Stephen Egerton on guitar, both of whom wrote a significant amount of songs on this record. The musicianship on this album is far superior to previous efforts, and several songs boast relatively elaborate and unique lead guitar parts.

This album is also the Descendents' most mature effort to date, as the subject matter is more serious and dark, with the exception of "Van" and "All-O-Gistics." The Descendents have also slowed it down a bit on this record; you don't hear any songs in the likes of "Kids" or any of the material on Milo Goes to College.

The album starts out with a bang, with Milo yelling out "ALL" and Bill Stevenson leading with a frantic drum intro into "Coolidge," a song that is truly classic Descendents: Lighthearted, catchy, mid-tempo pop-punk.

This is followed by "No, All!" (if you want to know the meaning behind ALL, check out their website, I don't feel like explaining it right now) and "Van," one of the few ridiculous songs on the record. Egerton's guitar contribution to this song is brilliant, and the lyrics are silly but hilarious ("Here in my van, I can beat my small cock and fart on your face"). This song will make you want to move out of your apartment (or, if you're like a lot of the people who post here, your mom's basement) and into a shitty van, where you can achieve ALL and live life to the fullest.

From here on out, the record becomes more serious, with songs such as "Impressions," "Iceman," and the CD-only track "Jealous of the World." These tracks take a while to grow on you, and are quite different from the traditional Descendents songs, slower and possibly a bit depressing.

But almost in an effort to remind us that they still know how to have fun and write bizarre, goofy songs, the song "All-O-Gistics" comes on, with instructions on how to achieve ALL, which include "Thou shalt not commit laundry" and "He who bears the most gas, let him also bear forth his ass." Some will find this song so stupid that they can't listen to it, but if you have that kind of attitude, then you shouldn't be listening to this band in the first place. The Descendents then wrap up the album with another darker song in "Schizophrenia" that spans nearly seven minutes.

Overall, this is not my favorite Descendents album, but considering the fact that I'm in love with all of their albums, that's not a bad thing. This album is slightly experimental, and the end result is definitely positive.

 

 
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CleanSheets (May 12, 2009)

This is definitely in my top 10 punk albums of all time. Bill is amazing on the drums especially on Schizophrenia, Stephen shreds on the guitar like always. If you like Descendents this is a great album, darkest of them ALL

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

It's a fucking great record. I was super stoked when I picked it up. I agree that it's not there greatest record. But still awesome. My favorite bunch of nerds!

Staxic (January 19, 2006)

I don't wanna grow up!

housewrecker (January 19, 2006)

I must say that not mentioning Pep and Clean Sheets bums me out; those two and Coolidge are the high points of this album. (In my humble opinion). All-O-Gistics are cool to read, but not as funny by the second listen. And for the record: ALL IS NOT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BAND THAN DESCENDENTS!!!! When they write songs, they write a song and then later decide whether it will be on a Descendents or an All record.

I agree with what people say about Allroy's Revenge.

Thou shall not commit laundry.

SlackMFr (January 17, 2006)

TheCaptain is a wanker. The Descendents are fucking great! Go suck the frosting out of a flesh twinkie you toad!

rkl (January 17, 2006)

oh shit i made a spelling error. ill blame the alcohol. its still the worst descendants album, and all is still a completely different band.
but hey lets all go crazy about spelling and ignore actual points, grammar is punxrox.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

All!

thecaptain (January 17, 2006)

Descendents = most overrated punk band ever?

mustard (January 16, 2006)

rkl did get one thing right...this is the worst descendents album. it started off good and then it just got too weird.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

rkl can be such a pompous prick sometimes.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

"RKL-You're an idiot. Don't tell someone to do their homework and then go on to spell Descendents with an A. Anyone that is a true Descendents fan knows they spell it with an E. BIG IDIOT."

True that. Once you get past the spelling, you'll also realize that it's not THE Descendents either.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

"obviously not heard milo goes to college"

why? is milo goes to college worse to you? personally that and "everything sucks" are my favs.

BrandonSideleau (January 16, 2006)

All Descendents albums are great......the best is "Milo" but they all have greater strengths than weaknesses. I'm surprised "Enjoy!" has been blasted so much......that album's great!

fistchode (January 16, 2006)

I've been listening to "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" more than "Milo Goes to College" recently.

....

I don't think I've listened to "All" more than 2 or 3 times. Didn't do it for me besides Coolige, and I think I like the Millencollin version better of that song.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

"check ya spelling ya thick get"

Talk about irony.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

"anyhow, retarted."

oooh the irony. check ya spelling ya thick get

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

"this album isn't the best, but it's definately better than enjoy! and a tie with cool to be you."

obviously not herd milo goes to college

Godfather (January 15, 2006)

the only descendents albums i still listen to are milo goes to college and cool to be you

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

"i found the demos for the EVERYTHING SUCKS sessions online..the ones where all the songs are sung by Chad Price."

LINK!!!!

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

"I'd check out their site if you had provided link, dipshit.

This album has nothing on everything before it.

-Will"

i vote for will as being the site's biggest asshole, as well as biggest "holier-than-though/i know everything/my opinion is fact" jackass.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

this album isn't the best, but it's definately better than enjoy! and a tie with cool to be you.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Best. Descendents. Album. Ever.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

i found the demos for the EVERYTHING SUCKS sessions online..the ones where all the songs are sung by Chad Price. I think the message in those songs (including the several that never made records) is fuck this hardcore/emo/staccato/breakdown/wereoriginal shit....because all of that harsh anger fused with pop and sick guitars is completely borrowed from ALL.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

still waiting on those two ALL records...you know, to be released summer of 2003.

fallingupwards84 (January 15, 2006)

I'm biased towards the Descendents as well, but if you listen to both the Descendents and ALL objectively, ALL is the better band musically.

And to the person who asked why is someone reviewing this album - once a week, this site reviews classic albums that have not been reviewed yet. This was the last Descendents album that needed to be reviewed.

lushj (January 15, 2006)

Yuck. "Clean Sheets" is the only decent song. I'm biased because my teenage self blamed All for breaking up the Desecendents (one of the best bands in the world) so I had to hate this record (I didn't say my bias was logical). Have never given this album a real chance, but since nothing All did interested me, I think I'd still not like this one. Maybe their worst studio album, besides "Cool To Be You".

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

yeah i cant believe you wouldnt mention the two best songs on the record, pep talk and fucking clean sheets!

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

why review this record?? if you haven't heard it by now,
you obviously have problems.
anyhow, retarted.

kingofpain (January 15, 2006)

No, ALL!

ElVaquero (January 15, 2006)

All!

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Somery did not include "Pep Talk"...so that's why I have this album.

"Pep Talk" means a lot more to me now than it did back in 2003, before the recall election.

Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor
State of California

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Can We Please Get a Strokes Review that bashes the shit out of that crap rather sooner than later.

the_other_scott (January 15, 2006)

no all!

TheOneTrueBill (January 15, 2006)

I honestly don't like this album that much. I like Coolidge, Van, and Pep Talk, and that's about it.

fallingupwards84 (January 15, 2006)

"you're leaving out clean sheets and pep-talk...two amazing songs"

those two songs are good, but honestly, they never stood out to me as much as some of the others

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

you're leaving out clean sheets and pep-talk...two amazing songs

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

That last comment was from me, Zack, by the way. You big idiot.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Allroys Revenge! Mary, she's my ex, and hot rod lincoln, oh man, that takes me back 10 years. when I first bought that cd. Great cd.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

RKL-You're an idiot. Don't tell someone to do their homework and then go on to spell Descendents with an A. Anyone that is a true Descendents fan knows they spell it with an E. BIG IDIOT.

fallingupwards84 (January 15, 2006)

"I'd check out their site if you had provided link, dipshit."

I guess you're not intelligent enough to just look it up on Google? It would take you all but 10 seconds.

rkl (January 15, 2006)

i like them boht, but all is definitely a different band than the descendants. much more aggressive.. you should do your homework.
also, this is the worst descendants album

SalsaShark (January 15, 2006)

Not one fucking word about "Pep Talk," my second favorite Descendents song, in here. Score is for that.

Otherwise, good review.

I love the Descendents so.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

it's not their best, but it's decent.

allroy's revenge still owns everything else both bands did, i don't give a fuck what anyone says. that album is absolutely gold and most people who are down on ALL (tha band) haven't even heard it, or at least given it much of a chance.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

I'd check out their site if you had provided link, dipshit.

This album has nothing on everything before it.

-Will

AlmostPunkEnough (January 15, 2006)

it's not "I Don't Wanna Grow Up", but what is? still really fucking good.

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