50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums

From Blink-182 to the Buzzcocks, we count down the best of punk's most lovable, lovelorn offshoot

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All, 'Breaking Things' (1993)

45. All, 'Breaking Things' (1993)

After brainy Descendents frontman Milo Aukerman finally chose to pursue science over punk in 1987, the remaining members changed their name to All – the title of Descendents' final Eighties-era LP – and kept right on pushing. They toured and recorded incessantly in the years to come with talented singers Dave Smalley and Scott Reynolds, but had trouble winning over audiences attached to their old sound. ("We all know that All is the band guilty of not being the Descendents," drummer-songwriter Bill Stevenson joked wryly in the 2014 Descendents/All doc Filmage.) Everything clicked, musically, if not commercially, on 1987's Breaking Things, where new singer Chad Price's gravelly pipes perfectly complemented some of the most aggressive material Stevenson & Co. ever wrote. On tracks like "Original Me" and "Right," the band combined all the breakneck energy and soaring melody of Descendents at their best with burly rock power. And on brutally cathartic tracks such as "Guilty" and "Birthday I.O.U.," they traded their old band's adolescent yearning for a darker, more adult brand of heartache. Other strong All records followed – including a lone major-label full-length, 1995's Pummel – but Breaking Things remains a high point for this brilliant, underrated band living in the shadow of the Milo mythos. H.S.

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