Splinter

Splinter

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by The Offspring
     
 

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The Offspring have a rep for successfully splitting the difference between songs that boil over with pull-my-finger chortles and songs that threaten to pull the pin on political grenades -- and for linking the two with simple riff clusters that stick to the listener like brambles. Here, the SoCal vets are as peripatetic as ever, blasting through some prickly social

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The Offspring have a rep for successfully splitting the difference between songs that boil over with pull-my-finger chortles and songs that threaten to pull the pin on political grenades -- and for linking the two with simple riff clusters that stick to the listener like brambles. Here, the SoCal vets are as peripatetic as ever, blasting through some prickly social ranting on the drill team–styled "Neocon" and trolling goofily through eternal post-adolescence on the ska-flavored bedspin ode "The Worst Hangover Ever." They stick close to infectious punk basics for most of the album's tracks -- the keyboard-laced "Hit It" follows in the tradition of "Come Out and Play," while "Never Gonna Find Me" harks back to Ignition-styled speedballing -- but there are still a few surprises. "Spare Me the Details," for instance, finds guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman forsaking the advances of ol' Tom Edison for an acoustic foray, and "When You're in Prison" revives a pre-WWII novelty song complete with effects mimicking the scratches of a well-worn 78 record. More than 15 years on, the Offspring formula remains pretty much unchanged -- but consistency never hurt McDonald's, right?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
It's more mixing of stylized punk revival and hybridism with left-field musical experimentation and in-the-now pop culture lyrical references on Splinter, the Offspring's seventh full-length. "Never Gonna Find Me," "Long Way Home," and "Lightning Rod" each bristle with overdriven guitars and Dexter Holland's high-pitched bleating; they're somewhat workmanlike, but still roil with that precision fury particular to a veteran band. At the same time, Holland, guitarist Noodles, and bassist Greg Kriesel can't resist returning to the towel-slapping trash humor and mean-spirited loathing that typified past tracks like "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "Self Esteem." Lead single "Hit That" talks up baby daddies over a bopping bassline and keyboard right out of a Bloodhound Gang track, while "Spare Me the Details" subverts its lighthearted acoustic strum with foul-mouthed (on the clean version, anyway) attacks on a philandering girlfriend ("I'm not the one who acted like a ho"). "Da Hui" overdrives surf rock while paying homage to hardcore Hawaiian board riders, and "When You're in Prison" ends Splinter with sage advice about protecting your dignity in the clink. Longtime fans will be more than happy with Splinter, which crams every last piece of the Offspring puzzle -- slickly produced rock racket, hints of anti-establishment rabble-rousing, and reams of relationship and strip mall culture gaggery -- into its brief half-hour run time.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Like jokey pioneers the Ramones, the Offspring could keep riding their dumb humor and smart riffs well into middle age.
Blender - Mark Jenkins
[The Offspring] still specializes in galloping, Bad Religion-style protest punk complemented by occasional rhythmic variation.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998902626
catalogNumber:
89026
Rank:
34469

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Offspring   Primary Artist,Group
Denyse Buffum   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Josh Freese   Drums
Jack Grisham   Background Vocals
Dexter Holland   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Noodles   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Brendan O'Brien   Piano
Josefina Vergara   Concert Master
Gayle Levant   Harp
Ronnie King   Keyboards
Mark A. Moreno   DJ
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Greg K.   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Eve Butler   Violin
Phil Jordan   Trumpet
Jim Lindberg   Background Vocals
Chris Higgins   Background Vocals,Guitar Effects
2002 Reading Festival Crowd   Vocals
Lauren Kinkade   Background Vocals
Jason Powell   Saxophone
Erich Marbach   Trombone
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Violin

Technical Credits

Offspring   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   Orchestration
Sean Evans   Art Direction
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
Chris Higgins   Sound Effects,Engineer
Steve Masi   Guitar Techician

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the snippets i've heard from Splinter, as a Offspring fan and a fan of music itself, i think that this album has the songs to make a great album, its not Smash, its no Americana, its the Offsprings SEVENTH album, Splinter, well done boys, keep the one word albums comming. SO, GET YOUR COPY NOW!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can listen to it without having to skip at all
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a group that I have grown up with. I have been a fan since the begining! They are not just a great punk band they are deverse in there style. This cd is great from start to finish. The cd does not get boring at all. It grabs you by the seat of your pants and kicks your butt(plain and simple).
Guest More than 1 year ago
A mix between "Ixnay on the Hombre" and "Americana" you say? I believe this to be true. This album has become one of my favorite albums by the Offspring. A lot of people were let down by "Conspiracy of One". Well worry not my friends, the Offspring have really outdone themselves this time. From the explosive beginning, to the hilarious ending "When You're In Prison", this album is worth getting! Buy it........NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome cd! not as good as "Smash" or "Americana" but as a hard-core offspring fan i enjoyed every single peice of it... One thing thats better than "The Offspring's" Cd's are going to see them live... this cd is not a waste of money or time
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an awesome cd! it's very unique. me and my friends love it. we listen to it all the time now. i'm gonna buy myself like 10 more copies of the cd to give away as gifts. pass it down! it's really awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi I love the Offspring!! They always have great music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all of their songs are good and similar to each other, so if you hear one of their songs on the radio and you liked it your gonna like their CDS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isnt the best Offspring cd out there. What attracted me was the speedy punk goodness of songs from there old days. But i credit them for being musical geniouses