Splinterby The Offspring
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 teamstyled "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?
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Performance CreditsOffspring 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 CreditsOffspring 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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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
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
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).
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!!
i can listen to it without having to skip at all
Hi I love the Offspring!! They always have great music.