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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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?
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.

Like jokey pioneers the Ramones, the Offspring could keep riding their dumb humor and smart riffs well into middle age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998902626
  • Catalog Number: 89026
  • Sales rank: 15,414

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The Offspring Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good cd, but the worst Offspring CD

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd thats worth the money

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD is the best!!!

    Hi I love the Offspring!! They always have great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STEAL THIS ALBUM!

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful

    i can listen to it without having to skip at all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Mix between Ixnay and Americana

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    offspring splinter

    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).

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