Cool to Be You by Descendents (Album, Pop Punk): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music
Cool to Be You
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ArtistDescendents
TypeAlbum
Released23 March 2004
RecordedFebruary-April 2002
RYM Rating 3.29 / 5.00.5 from 794 ratings
Ranked#944 for 2004
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angry, melodic, rebellious, male vocals, energetic, passionate, anxious, aggressive
Language English
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Track listing

  • 1 Talking 2:27
  • 2 Nothing With You 2:29
  • 3 She Don't Care 1:51
  • 4 'Merican 1:51
  • 5 Dog and Pony Show 2:28
  • 6 Blast Off 2:27
  • 7 Dreams 2:56
  • 8 Cool to Be You 2:24
  • 9 Maddie 3:06
  • 10 Mass Nerder 2:47
  • 11 One More Day 3:33
  • 12 Tack 2:21
  • 13 Anchor Grill 3:03
  • 14 Dry Spell 2:43
  • Total length: 36:26

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It really says a lot about the Descendents' talent for songwriting, when you realize that you can insert yourself into so many of their lyrics.

I remember first listening to Milo Goes to College back when I was a 14-year-old nerdy, awkward outcast in my freshman year of high school. That album was like my gospel during those years because of how well Milo captured exactly what I was feeling, as a nerdy, awkward outcast who had lots of trouble making friends.

Now, I'm a 20-year-old nerdy, awkward college kid who's somehow managed to make friends, so things are a little different now. But looking at this album from a different but somewhat similar perspective, it's incredible to see how much of it still resonates with me. The title track captures that feeling so well, that it's scary; every word hits me like a brick, particularly the part that says, "Yes, I'm envious, it's true, but it must be cool to be you." Man, that part has so much painful truth in it. Same with "Dog and Pony Show," which also comments on the superficiality of the society that many outcasts think that it would be great to fit into; it has some creative lyricism, too, with Milo likening himself to a "mongrel" that isn't meant to fit into that society anyway. "Mass Nerder" is an anthem for those who still aren't fitting in, telling them to channel their anger and loneliness into getting good grades and making a good future for themselves, bullies be damned.

Most of the songs here, though, seem to be aimed for their older fans, not for people like me. It's like the Descendents were aware of how their fanbase from the 1980s and 1990s probably grew older, grew out of their awkward teenage phases, and had kids and families of their own - because most of the songs are written with that audience in mind. They connect better with an older audience than they do with a younger one. "Talking" is about having communication issues in a marriage. "She Don't Care" is about a nasty divorce. "Maddie" is about a custody battle, and "One More Day" is about his father's death and his regrets over not having a better relationship with him, while "Anchor Grill" is about wishing he could reconnect with his wife at a place that has a lot of significance to them. I don't relate to them, but I can tell that in 10-15 years, when I get to that place in my life, if I'm still listening to Descendents by then, those songs will feel anthemic to me. There's just something about the way that Milo writes that feels so scarily relatable. He has such a talent for writing hard-hitting lyrics that really touch your heart.

Not to mention that this is some of the highest-quality pop punk of the 2000s. I've always loved Milo's voice, but he has REALLY touched it up for this album; he maintains that roughness and edge to it, but with more melody and even a little bit of vibrato every now and then. He sounds excellent. It's incredible that a band that has been around as long as Descendents have could release 14 songs that all manage to sound fresh, original, and energetic. Overall, everything about this album is strong. This is an album that does everything right, lyrically, vocally, and sound-wise. The production is excellent and clear. This is an essential staple of early 2000s pop punk.
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  • 4.00 stars 1 Talking
  • 4.00 stars 2 Nothing With You
  • 4.00 stars 3 She Don't Care
  • 3.50 stars 4 'Merican
  • 4.00 stars 5 Dog and Pony Show
  • 4.00 stars 6 Blast Off
  • 3.00 stars 7 Dreams
  • 4.00 stars 8 Cool to Be You
  • 3.50 stars 9 Maddie
  • 3.00 stars 10 Mass Nerder
  • 4.50 stars 11 One More Day
  • 3.50 stars 12 Tack
  • 4.00 stars 13 Anchor Grill
  • 4.00 stars 14 Dry Spell
Similar to "Everything Sucks" and better than the biggest part of their 80s output.
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Cool to Be You foi o primeiro disco do Descendents desde 96', lançado em 2004, ele traz a mesma sonoridade cultuada por muitos, diferente de seu disco anterior Everything Sucks, que trazia um som cru e melódico ao mesmo tempo, mas Cool to Be You nos traz algo ainda mais melódico e bem produzido, com sem duvidas umas das melhores faixas de toda sua carreira.

Com a temática girando em torno aos problemas pessoais como sempre, mas "'Merican" nos traz a veia social da banda, uma critica a sociedade americana, mas outras musicas continua girando em volta de problemas pessoais, e da vida adulta, como "She Don't Care" que retrata uma relação acabando, e "Anchor Grill" sobre as rotinas massivas da vida adulta. Em "One More Day", faixa que traz belas melodias cativantes, fazendo jus ao nome de "The Beach Boys do Punk", junto com a letra forte, sobre a perda de alguém, uma das melhores musicas de toda carreira da banda.

Cool to Be You mostrou que o Descendents, ainda é um dos maiores nomes do Punk Rock, com coração nas mangas e olhos fechados, mostrando que a vida não fica fácil mas não pode parar.
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This shit is so good, it should be waaay higher.
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  • 4.50 stars 1 Talking
  • 4.50 stars 2 Nothing With You
  • 4.00 stars 3 She Don't Care
  • 5.00 stars 4 'Merican
  • 4.00 stars 5 Dog and Pony Show
  • 3.00 stars 6 Blast Off
  • 4.00 stars 7 Dreams
  • 5.00 stars 8 Cool to Be You
  • 5.00 stars 9 Maddie
  • 4.00 stars 10 Mass Nerder
  • 4.50 stars 11 One More Day
  • 4.00 stars 12 Tack
  • 4.50 stars 13 Anchor Grill
  • 4.00 stars 14 Dry Spell
This is a good solid effort from the Descendents. It still has that something that their old albums had; girls, sex, food and nerd. Milo's singing is a little more well done than on previous albums. The guitars have that classic Egerton quality that no other can attain. The album is really quite consistent; the highlight tracks being "Talking", "Dreams", "Maddie", "One more day" and "Anchor Grill". If you like Everything Sux you will probably like this album.
This has been out since 2004, which was over 6 years ago. It had been 7 years since Everything Sux that this came out. I hope that that there is another Descendents album on the way. If you have heard the 'Merican Ep, there is a song called "I Quit". Hopefully it is not true. I would love to hear another album from these guys.
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pretty much the same thing as everything sucks, which it's not a bad thing at all
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Une espèce de Everything Sucks épisode 2, à la différence qu’au lieu de rapprocher leur punk vers Green day comme avant, The Descendents penchent cette fois-ci un peu plus vers Bad Religion.

Même recette en gros : titre court, fun, mais un poil moins mélodique et un autre poil plus aggressif (que de poils, mon cochon !). Autre différence avec l’album précédent : quelques titres moins inspirés que d’autres, moins jouissifs, moins hymnes (hymnals ?).
Ou alors j’ai tout simplement grandi.

Reste quand même un petit album bien sympa à écouter en roulant les fenêtres ouvertes (donc en voiture, à moins que vous n’habitiez près d’une falaise). De mes yeux nostalgiques d’une époque où, les soirs d’été en attendant mon pote Death, je réparais mon skate accompagné par leur musique, ces gars n’ont absolument plus rien à prouver.
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It's alright... Sounds like some of the songs they may have forgotten to put on Everything Sucks was compiled together to form this one, not memorable.  Merican is a sweet tune though.
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Track listing

  • 1 Talking 2:27
  • 2 Nothing With You 2:29
  • 3 She Don't Care 1:51
  • 4 'Merican 1:51
  • 5 Dog and Pony Show 2:28
  • 6 Blast Off 2:27
  • 7 Dreams 2:56
  • 8 Cool to Be You 2:24
  • 9 Maddie 3:06
  • 10 Mass Nerder 2:47
  • 11 One More Day 3:33
  • 12 Tack 2:21
  • 13 Anchor Grill 3:03
  • 14 Dry Spell 2:43
  • Total length: 36:26

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  • Diogeniani 30 Oct 2020 14:48 GMT
    way better than hypercaffium mediocrealbuminate
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