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The Offspring

The Offspring: SplinterSplinter (2003)
Sony Music Entertainment

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Considering how big the Offspring seem to be [over 30 million records sold worldwide is nothing to scoff at], this is a surprisingly low-key release. It hasn't been hyped up by anyone at all. There's no music video out. The bizarre single "Hit That" isn't doing much in the way of radioplay. Spli.
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Considering how big the Offspring seem to be [over 30 million records sold worldwide is nothing to scoff at], this is a surprisingly low-key release. It hasn't been hyped up by anyone at all. There's no music video out. The bizarre single "Hit That" isn't doing much in the way of radioplay. Splinter, the Offspring's seventh [!] studio album feels like a band out of ideas, desparately trying to retain some sort of relevancy.

As usual, the band tries to be "punk" with really good skaterock tracks such as "The Noose" and the 1-2 punch of "Never Gonna Find Me" and "Lightning Rod" - look for them on the next incarnation of Tony Hawk. But for every ripper of a punk rock song there's a lame gimmick one, as well. "The Worst Hangover Ever" is a terrible attempt at ska, and sounds like the kind of song you'd hear on your local classic rock station's morning show as a joke track. "Spare Me The Details" is even more cringe-worthy, with Dexter singing lyrics as bad as "And I really don't want to hear /About her feet all up in the air" and "I'm not the one who acted like a ho / Why must I be the one who has to know." This guy has a PhD? Insane.

Musically it's still the same old Offspring. One would hope that the drumming might have pushed a few more boundaries since Josh Freese replaced original drummer Ron Welty for the Splinter sessions, but every song sounds as basic as it could come. Freese's chops really only get to shine in "Long Way Home," a dynamo of a song with a killer drum solo in the middle of it. Outside of that, I wonder why Columbia was willing to pay for talent that wasn't even used.

Dexter's vocals are stronger than usual, though, and while he still gets eeriely close to "Weird Al" Yankovic in timbre, he can still wail with the best of them. It's just a shame the band couldn't write a better batch of songs for him to bellow.

All that being said, this still is the best Offspring album since Ixnay On The Hombre. There's definitely more of an old-school Epitaph-era Offspring feel for a lot of the faster songs which make them fun as hell, and while the stupid songs are really, really stupid [I won't even talk about the last track], at least there's no "Original Prankster"/"Pretty Fly For A White Guy"/"Come Out And Play" ripoff track. See, there's always something to be thankful for.

 

 
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weirdmusician (September 23, 2006)

well after hearing this album like three times the songs that standout the most, are the noose, cant get my head around you, race against myself, never gonna find me, lightning rod, and long way home, the others are not good or bad theyre in between, i know this band has and amazing album in theyre pocket still, and i agree with the ones who said the worst hangover is and anoying song, my favorite cd from this band is ixnay on the hombre!

but ive still enjoyed every one of this band releases after that record!

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

(Can'T Get My) Head Around You, Race Against Myself & parts of Never Gonna Find Me r the only good songs on the album.The rest of the album is pure bullshit!! When You'Re In Prision & The Worst Hangover Ever r an embaressment to punk music.The singing & songs have been edited to much & make Dexter's voice sounds like its not rough.
1last thing Da Hui is the worst song ever.The lyrics r crap and the guitar chords r crap

Anonymous (December 25, 2005)

I would laugh my ass off if The Offspring pulled the ol' "bait and switch" and release a punk album. Like, if the last 10 years were just to gain popularity, and then confuse all the fans of their pop stuff by actually releasing another good album.

Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

Ixnay was the last good Offspring CD. This is probably one of the worst CDs I've ever heard. The only thing that pisses me off more than cheap filler is cheap filler with fucked up and inane lyrics. Seriously, if you want to make a 30 minute CD, get rid of shit like Neocon, When You're In Prison, and Worst Hangover Ever.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

I've been an Offspring fan for about 4 years. This album isn't that bad. It isn't their best. My personal favorite is Ixnay On The Hombre, which also has my favorite (I Choose) song by them. I'd reccomend it if you found it on sale for a cheap price.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

well, i've been an offspring fan since 94. I gotta say sum of u are right, that offspring has changed alot but that doesnt change the fact that, they re still good.
I love all their songs, period

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

I love the Offspring's old stuff but this new stuff was horrendous. I was dissapointed in Conspiricy of One when it came out, but in comparison it kicks splinter's ass (big time).

It just looks like the offspring is going mainstream for the money now...

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

offspring aren't NOFX, they aren't like the other pop-punkers of nowdays, they aren't like anyone... if you like them you'll like splinter, if you hate them you'll hate every their LP, but you spit shit on them just for fun, I really don't understand. So what if their video sux, what if their songs fill the radioplay - nobody drives you to hear them.

PS: In my opinion, this is the best offspring album since Ixnay...but who cares

Ilian, Bulgaria

maverick (December 16, 2003)

Oh man, I just saw the premiere of the "Hit That" video on MTV.

It is 100% awful. For real.

This album will be going nowhere, which is a shame since, as I said, it's their best in 6 years.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

Ok, i finally got a chance to hear this and i must say its quite good, yes there are a couple of horrible songs, but the majority of it is straight up skate punk done very well.... I like it-oldpunker-

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

Well most of the people here appear to be single minded wankers but for the people who listened to the album congrats... I personally really like it, and if you listen to things like the last song for the COMEDY of it then you may enjoy it a bit more... The other songs on it really rock so LISTEN to the fucking thing with some interest instead of just blowing it off three seconds into the song... Most people made up their mind before they even press play FFS....

BTW Offspring don't even need the money so stop calling them "sell-outs"... They only do it because they want to and as they say in their interviews they don't really give a shit what everyone else thinks... I prefer it that way... Go with their own style and not listen to keyboard warriors on the net... and how do you sell-out something you basically invented?

BTW I also agree with the comments about the other albums... If you bothered to listen to all the fucking songs you would realise that songs like "Come out Swinging" are fucking awesome... You're never going to like every song from every band so fucking deal with it and stop bagging them out because you dislike a few of their fucking songs....
-TTP

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

Jesus Chris I just shit my fucking pants AGAIN. It reeks like a goddamn dead carcass in here now and I need a new fucking pair of underwear. Not only that but I have to take a shower now cause I have shit all up in my ass crack and in the surrounding regions.

FortyMinutesWest (December 14, 2003)

"All I Want is a pretty good Bad Religion song"-Brett Gurewitz

toma (December 14, 2003)

good album, i quite enjoy it... the couple of poppy songs on it seem to just add more variety to it rather than throw the mood off like in the past couple albums. some of the songs on americana and conspiracy of one sound like there are 2 completely different bands playing and this album doesn't suffer from that as much, it all flows together pretty well. and when you're in prison is a pretty funny song too.

GreenVandal (December 13, 2003)

And all I want is still a great song.

GreenVandal (December 13, 2003)

"Why is it such a great song? Because it's Offspring's only single under 2 minutes? There's nothing memorable about it. In fact, the "It's all I want" chorus is repetitive chorus is quite crappy.

If this single was released by a good band, like Dillinger Four or Strike Anywhere, everyone would say it wasn't that great of a song."

Ya wanna know why its sucha great song? Cuz I fucking say it is. Like I could really give a fuck about your personal opinion on what is catchy and what isnt. Poeple who talk shit just for the sake of talking shit should just give up and realize that no one listens to them for a reason. They are dicks.

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

i think this album is awesome and you guys think they suck because they have one or two poppy songs an album..thats real lame because the rest of the songs kick some major ass and their pop songs are still rocking too..its also gay how you say they sold out yet you say their music sounds the same..losers

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

"no yelling? are you a fool?! dexter yells more in da hui than any other offspring song. you have to listen to the album first, idiot.
"

well then that settles my point.

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

dexter does not have a Ph.D. the guitar player, noodles or whatever the hell he is going by these days does.. i believe.
throwawayyourradio@hotmail.com

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

I hate punk. You guys suck and my girlfriend is hot.

LushJ (December 13, 2003)

Haven't heard this yet, but I thought "Americana" was a really rad record. Very political and catchy. As long as we're comparing/contrasting, "Ixnay" was disappointing after their great "Smash" (which followed their great s/t and "Ignition" records).P.S.- Why aren't more people rockin' the first s/t record (which Nitro re-released after Nemesis went belly-up)? You can hear why they were a solid punk band on the d.i.y. circuit- "Kill The President" "Beheaded" "Tehran" etc all rock!

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

this cd sucks, except 'da hui' .. wtf.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

has anyone else noticed the Offspring are using the EXACT SAME typeface that Bad Religion has been using "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" Anyone else find this kind of strange?

--Cos

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Im surprised Weird Al joining this band wasnt bigger news.

Barkley (December 12, 2003)

Holy fuck your Bracket review did really suck Scott. You seemed like a real peeon with that one. Believe it or not alot of people would consider that disc their best one. Its their most consistent in my opinion. As for the Offspring? My rmate plays the shit out of it, so I've been force feed this album for quite some time now and I have to say for a guy(me) who never really liked Offspring, this disc ain't that bad. How is that for sitting on the fence?

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Why is it such a great song? Because it's Offspring's only single under 2 minutes? There's nothing memorable about it. In fact, the "It's all I want" chorus is repetitive chorus is quite crappy.

If this single was released by a good band, like Dillinger Four or Strike Anywhere, everyone would say it wasn't that great of a song.

GreenVandal (December 12, 2003)

Ixnay is the best! Just felt like reminding ya.

All I want is such a great song...

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

they had one original album: ignition. since then EVERY SINGLE ONE of their albums has been a reworked version of the last. not that ignition and smash weren't great albums, they were, but c'mon, it's been a decade already... get some new shit.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

These fellows put the S in SUCK!

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

no yelling? are you a fool?! dexter yells more in da hui than any other offspring song. you have to listen to the album first, idiot.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

im surprised there isnt any yelling on this album.

they seemed to have changed with every album.

smash was all grungy and shit.
ixnay was kinda skate punk.
amaericana was poppier.
conspiracy, had like a mix, but had pop punk, some old style stuff.

it just seems they change to fit with current music styles, or release the singles most close to it.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

"True Sounds of Liberty and The Offspring do not sound the same either. The Offspring sounds more like the Misfits than anything and AFI ripped off The Offspring and a bit of Misfits (but mostly offspring)"

thats why the offspring covered the AFI song right?... and i mean, i can really see the comparisons, between afi and offspring

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

it's funny how everyone bases this band now and doesn't even listen to the whole record..

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

These guys used to be okay..but man do they suck now.

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

While we're on the subject...Scott's review of When All Else Fails could possibly be the worst review ever written...period...how can you give Offspring & Blink fair reviews and not Bracket?

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

I personally don't have a soundscan account, but it helps sometimes to know people who do. Other places to find this info are on certain message boards, in press releases, articles in magazines, etc. HITS magazine... - Jordan Pastepunk

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

i'm sorry, but this band is worthless.

and scott i have every right to say this if you can give bracket a 1 without any reason.

-duped

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

Where do you find how many albums a band has sold? Where do you get these #'s (Thrice has sold 250,000 copies) I'm assuming you're pulling numbers outta your ass

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

Jonni Cashe was fuckin overated!
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pouilleux@hotmail.com

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

That number for THRICE is incorrect - they have sold more than 150,000 of the new disc, the band did 70K in just the first two weeks, and benefitted afterwards from good sales promotions. I'm surprised they haven't been embraced stronger by radio though... - Jordan Pastepunk

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

That is pretty surprising that Thrice has sold that few after selling about 45000 opening week. I wonder if they will get the boot. It's so weird that bands like them can't really prosper with the music buying public because it's not like they aren't as commercially accessable as say Linkin Park with the singles they've released. Not that I'm comparing the two bands in musical talent at all, just the potential for crossover fans through radio playlists. I'm just confused what makes certain radio singles a hit while others just fade away rather quickly. It's like the new Offspring single; it sucks really bad but it is all over the radio and I keeping saying to myself "how could something this shitty have that many fans." It must be because mainstream music fans have to be told what to like and therefore have a built in brand recognition much like clothing or whatnot. I have buddies who listen to all the radio trash like Nickleback and all of a sudden they will have an AFI radio song or that stupid Bowling for soup song on a mixed disc. I'll question them on who the band is and they'll tell me they don't know but it is on the radio and is a cool song. They won't buy the full album or even download it and the only way they will ever own a new song by this band is if a new single is released. I'll play them the entire cd or an older one and they won't be interested in it until the radio songs come on.

Maybe it's just me but I can never understand how people can listen to just one song off an entire album before tossing it out when the next big thing comes up.

porkpie (December 11, 2003)

they gave away a million dollars? what?

-brent

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

i dont like listening to the offspring, but they dont seem like bad guys. i mean, they gave one of their fans a million dollars of their own money. that's pretty cool

maverick (December 11, 2003)

No clue about Rancid and the Distillers, but last I heard the Thrice album's done about 70,000 copies, and Thursday has done close to 200,000. Neither is currently on the Top 200, though, so they're pretty much done, saleswise.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

Does anyone know how many albums some of these artists are selling now that they are associated with major labels? I'm just curious to see if there has been any difference between their previous albums on indies with less marketing and the newer ones with a larger push.

Thirce
Thursday
Rancid
Distillers

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

I've got a soft spot for the Offspring. I consider them responsible for getting me into punk rock about 8 or 9 years ago and have enjoyed all of their records with the exception of that piece of audio diarrhea known as "Conspiracy of One". I enjoy certain aspects of this CD.
"The Noose" is definately the best track on this CD, "Hit That" is allright, and "Cant get my head around you" is great. But there are several songs that are absolutely horrible. "The Worst Hangover Ever" and "Spare me the Details" make me long to jab the sharp end of a pencil into my eardrums.
While this record is definately a step back in the right direction, they're still a ways off from releasing another really great record. One can only hope they go the way of Bad Religion and head back to an Indie (side note: wonder why they never got it in their collective brain to head back to Nitro?) and release a record that completely redeems themselves, I'm sure they've got it in them to release a record as good as Smash or Ixnay.
One can only hope. That said, this record is still somewhat dissapointing, but it isnt horrible. Let's say I'm glad to have burned this (something I'm usually opposed to).

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

No respect for this band whatsoever. Their music is braindead and meaningless.

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

The score is for this

"Next time you want to waste $20 on something you'll be inevitably disappointed with, call me and I'll set you up with my mom."

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

The Offspring are far from amazing, incredible, et al. The Offspring write cheap, shitty bubblegum pop songs under the guise of a punk band, because they got a taste of success and can't seem to make a decent fucking record at the risk of losing some popularity. Fuck the Offspring, and fuck their idiot fans who keep throwing fuel on the fire by buying their records, requesting their songs on the radio, and making it seem okay for them to produce one stinking pile of shit after another. Next time you want to waste $20 on something you'll be inevitably disappointed with, call me and I'll set you up with my mom. Please don't give any more of your money or approval to these half assed pretty boys just because they stumbled across a good tune in 1994.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

the offspring get shit on by practically everybody, underground and mainstream for no fucking reason they are amazing, always have been and always will be so for those of you scared to get your feet wet with some rock songs and maybe even something as frightening as experimental shit and even lash out at them for it then you can fuck off and realize that you aren't a music fan let alone a punk rock fan. speaking of punk rock, the punk songs on this album are absolutely mind blowing.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

So we can't criticize a band who's more talented than us? Fuck that.

Let them hate their Offspring. I think some people have some reason for not liking their new stuff.

What, do they need to like it out of some kind of loyalty or merely because they can't do it better?

These guys passed the point of no return long ago as far as I'm concerned.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I want to....go to the gym.....with henry rollins......and pump each other.....

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I will admit....I like Ignition and that early song "Kill The President".....but with the exception of those...I think I'll have to agree with Henry Rollins when he said "The Offspring suck...they should be Rosie O'Donnels band for her shitty talk show."

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

...hold on, i think i have to puke there's a spot in the corner where i always go i like to feed the flies that i know...

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

As a punk record this album really sucks. Ignition, Smash and Ixnay were much better than this one, no doubt at all. The third point is it is only like 32min long, I think that after 7 albums and releasing this album in a major label they could have done a longer record.
But, after all, does anyone expect the offspring releasing a punk album??? The first step was americana, after that Conspiracy Of One appeared and... I lost my hopes. It's sad, cause I like Ignition and Smash a lot. But Offspring is now a Major band, and they can't be punk

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

no, i don't feel like it...

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

There's so many idiots here that criticize every fucking thing imaginable. You think you can do better? Let's see it you ignorant fucks.

Jesse (December 10, 2003)

This band sucks. They don't have anything good out. They never did.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

They're not doing this to retain relevance... they will forever have the best selling Indie album w/ Smash, and if they wanted to retire and sit on their millions, they could.
They put out music for their fans, thank God for bands that still do this, they're few and far between now.
This album rocks, The Offspring rock, and you ignorant fools can eat a dick if you want them to start writing for airplay or billboard charts.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Yeah...
I thought this was supposed to be called "Chinese Democracy".

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Their first album is pretty bad. I used to dig it when I was younger, but I put it on a few weeks back and was pretty surprised by how awful it was. There's maybe two or three decent songs on it altogether.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Man, does anyone still listen to thier first "black" s/t album becuase that was awesome.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

It's actually a Ph.D in Molecular Biology. The last I checked, there's no rule that requires well educated people to pen well-educated lyrics...

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Dont write reviews if you dont know shit about the band or their music

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

1. Splinter is an awsome album! Couple of dodgy song but the fast stuff rules and Race Against Myself is one of the best Slow-style and most powerful rock songs i have heard in a very long time!

2. So the hell what if they are older than the 19year old teenie boppers that plague our charts? let them do whaty they want to do! They make music people can relate to so who cares how old they are?

Im sure ive got more to say but that will do for now

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Am I the only one to think Ixnay on the hombre was (quoting Allmusic.com) "a tedious, turgid mess of anemic punk-metal"

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

" chemestry" (in bold type)

I don't enjoy correcting people, cos hey, this is just a place to type little blurbs (and I hate when people do it to me!), but come on. If you're gonna type something in BOLD so it stands out, at least have the decency to spell it correctly.
-Janelle
c h e m i s t r y

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!ahh the offspring sucks !!!

mikeinflames (December 10, 2003)

Wasn't this album supposed to have a more saucy name?

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I dont get it. Everyone boasts the fact that Dexter should be a really smart guy 'cause he has a PhD. People, he has a PhD in chemestry. Being called doctor doest mean that you're automatically going to write better lyrics!

Jesse (December 10, 2003)

Kudos to the comment below. This score is for that.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I would rather let Andre the Giant put his whole fist up my ass, elbow deep, than to ever hear another Offspring song.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

"the worst hangover ever".
Try to write lyrics like a band that's pushing 40, not 18.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I have not heard this yet, should i, the living end will be out in feb,2004-oldpunker-

fakesmile (December 10, 2003)

true but ofcourse Euroboy is better.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

chris cheney is amazing

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I forget when Modern Artillery (The Living End) is supposed to be out in the US, but I ordered it online so I wouldn't have to wait. Someone should really write a review, cuz I think it's a fantastic album. Can anyone play guitar like Chris?

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

i haven't listened to them since americana, i always liked their punkn songs and hated their gimmick songs, don't pick it up on ixnay was a good gimmick song.. it wasn't soo lame it seemed light hearted in a way that bands do when they get bored of being serious.
i thought 'the noose' on this album was actually a really good song and i found all the rest of the songs to sound like a combination of americana and conspiracy... kinda neatly arranged and called new songs. i dunno, i used to love them and will still toss in the odd album, past maybe 2 songs on this one i didn't get into it, it didn't seem as driving and important as they've felt before.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

damnit superdude, Oi! is out of style im telling you. just give it up man. please. hate, jesus

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

The new "tony hawk 4" is out duchebag.

And I don't think they're "trying" to make anything. They've been sounding like this for a while.

CallingLondon (December 9, 2003)

Oh yeah, is someone gonna submit a review for Modern Artillery (Living End)?

Has it been released in the US yet?

-bemused-

seriously. this album has been out for quite some time now. what the fuck does it sound like and why the fuck isn't it released in the US for christ sakes. what the fuck are they waiting for, the apocolypse?

mikeinflames (December 9, 2003)

Meh ... another boring album
The only fairly decent album they have put out since Smash was Ixnay

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

This record is about as much fun as having a splinter up the anus, maybe less.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

hey scott, why dont you start a band since you know everything about music.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Oh yeah, is someone gonna submit a review for Modern Artillery (Living End)?

Has it been released in the US yet?

-bemused-

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I really liked conspiracy of one, and Americana had its moments to. Can't say I agree with some of the comments in this review at all. Looking forward to hearing this for myself. By the way, Splinter is being heavily advertised in Australia at the moment, and I'm pretty sure it will be super popular once they have a video out.

-bemused-

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

True Sounds of Liberty and The Offspring do not sound the same either. The Offspring sounds more like the Misfits than anything and AFI ripped off The Offspring and a bit of Misfits (but mostly offspring)

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

you got my hopes up. the "drum solo" in long way home is hardly a drum solo

superdude (December 9, 2003)

ps

"A sight"

superdude (December 9, 2003)

Dear Offspring,

WHen your parents are together and they all see you coming in, do they ever say "There's our offspring!" and then high-five, or ten?

That would be a site,

Anyhow, I'm writing becaues I wanted to ask you a question.

Love,
Superdude

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Spelled TIMBRE, not tamber.

WingsOutside (December 9, 2003)

The new souls albumn does not blow IMO... It is definetly the CD that marks the bands growth and maturing as artists and people, and i think its a great cd. :)

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

No, Offspring ripped off TSOL...at least until they decided to turn into a boy band...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

The New souls record blows. How I Spent My Summer Vacation is 5 times better

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

>>"blink 182 did not invent any kind of sound. offspring did"

yea they invented their own sound alright, if you mean by ripping off bad religion.

Jesse (December 9, 2003)

They have a comercial for the album. I've seen it multiple times.

losingstreakca (December 9, 2003)

"I got this and the new bouncing souls album in the same day. Needless to say I am a very happy person right now."

As a Souls fan, i can honestly say that the new bouncing souls record is AMAZING.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

"blink 182 did not invent any kind of sound. offspring did"

yea they invented their own sound alright, if you mean by ripping off bad religion.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

album kix ass, what do the words have to do with anything, the songs are all solid all catchy and so what if it sounds like everything else theyve done thats what makes it an offspring record, the punk songs remind me of old stuff which mixes good with the heavier new stuff like cant get my head around you and race against myself, i cant say i like worst hangover ever or hit that though the chorus of hit that is something i wont get sick of and spare me the details? common who cant like that song, the chorus had been in my head all day and as for popularity who the fuck cares, they have enough loyal fans that they dont have to do promotion and they will still sell enough and im pretty sure that they dont care bout popularity either so yeah ur review licked ass whoever wrote the original

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

the above score is for using the word "tamber". TAMBER. Has someone else taken a music theory class?

--Cos

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Good album, although I don't know why everyone thinks it's different than the last. Only difference was that the last one had more songs on it. Trim some of those away, keep the fast ones, and you have Splinter.

Which I happen to like...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

The best band with one of there best Albums yet. Everything about the Offspring is great.

Edgie (December 9, 2003)

"I got this and the new bouncing souls album in the same day. Needless to say I am a very happy person right now."

As a Souls fan, even I can say their new album was really really sub-par. Don't get me wrong, there's a few standout tracks on it, but I really hope they return to their roots on their next release.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Its so good it gets my thumbs up :-D

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

very well

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Me parece uno de sus mejores discos junto con Ixnay, smash y ignition

it is great””

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

it's great”””””

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

very good

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

. Ixnay. Smash /splinter. Ignition. The offspring / conspiracy of one. Americana

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I just came home with this album, and I gotta say IT ROCKS! Don't let the review throw you off, it's an AWESOME album.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I got this and the new bouncing souls album in the same day. Needless to say I am a very happy person right now.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

The single for this album sucks ass and the last song really sucks balls. But it really is a good album. It is their best since Ixnay. It doesn't have enough songs though.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

this is definitely their best since Ixnay. it blows conspiracy out of the water. it took me a few listens to really get into it, but it's great. definitely good *driving* music. seems like they're going back to "older offspring" with this one.

funkisdead (December 9, 2003)

note to scott: its timbre, my man.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

for the crazy guy two posts down: i think the dropped d tuning is more of a metal thing than a punk thing.

p.s. you sound like a cry baby.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

This sux !!! im gonna go listen to teh casualties oi oi oi

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

You guys need to stop trying to rip on everyone for no reason. First of all, the guy who wrote this review said "punk" in the most condiscending way. Its on punknew.org for christs sake of course thats what they were going for.

Yes, they sold 30 million albums. Maybe they made the more goofy songs because they thought it would be funny, you know, sarcasm? Personally, I don't really see any credibility on this review. They retained their own brand of sound but still stretched a bit. Just because they are more well known doesn't mean they are bad, if I hear the word sellout one more time I swear I will kill someone. This is punk, what you guys think is punk is a bunch of 18 year olds playing 3 chord progressions in drop d because its easier and screaming about ended relationships or feeling depressed about something. Is it as good as the self titled CD or Smash? Not in my opinion but its pretty close. Listen to it more than once before you make a review jackass, and who made you qualified to make an educated musical review?

Feel like trying to prove I'm wrong? burnitup135@hotmail.com have a ball

boba_fett (December 9, 2003)

"-Every band that i no longer like is a sellout and they are no longer relevant.
-Any new band signed to a label i once liked must have no fan base, and is an embarrassment to the old bands.
-Every band outside a genre i like is weak and has no artistic merit whatsoever.
-I will suggest other bands in my favorite genre who are better than this band.
-I am old and out of touch with the young kids, so i assume that any band popular with "the kids" has got to be a bunch of mainstream-crap-eating wankers.

Who Am I?"

about 90% of the people who come here.

i honestly dont have an opinion of the offspring, ive never listened to enough of their stuff to judge them. so they get a middle score.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Everyone probably already knows that every Offspring cd since fucking Smash has it's goofy gimmicky song. If you ever heard the song "Don't Pick it Up" on Ixnay, you'll know what I'm talking about. That's just who they are. Most of their goofy songs they do just because they can. They don't need you to tell them that they are a credible punk rock band. Whoa, that rhymed. Okay, I'm done.

Josh

exhaustra (December 9, 2003)

the offspring have never really had great songs, maybe a few just above average per record. they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. even for it's day, 'ignition' was pretty basic by the numbers skate-surf-whatever-punk. they've never taken any chances, why should they start now?

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

-Every band that i no longer like is a sellout and they are no longer relevant.
-Any new band signed to a label i once liked must have no fan base, and is an embarrassment to the old bands.
-Every band outside a genre i like is weak and has no artistic merit whatsoever.
-I will suggest other bands in my favorite genre who are better than this band.
-I am old and out of touch with the young kids, so i assume that any band popular with "the kids" has got to be a bunch of mainstream-crap-eating wankers.

Who Am I?

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Great album. That's all I got.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

sneedo is gay...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

"people still care about this band?"

You're not too bright. 2 years ago they released 3 music videos for their conspiracy album and sold millions of copies. This album will most likely also go multi-platinum. I do not like the offspring but if you took your head out of the sand you'd realize that millions of people like this band, Douche.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Dexter had cornrows once hehehe...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

ugh, when does the new green day record come out?

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I was a huge Offspring fan years ago but this album blows. There's no emotion in their music. It's just dull, uninspired and seems like they were forced to make this record. My favourite song is actually "The Worst Hangover Ever" - it was the only song I could listen through it's entirety. The "punk" songs are terrible. They don't compare to Smash, Ignition or S/T - I give this album 2 out of 5 stars

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I think they should just call it a day, to be honest.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Though the title is "Splinter", it reads like "Spunter".

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Hey Sneedo, do you wear a speedo? I'd love to, but they're too small to contain my massive cock. I have to wear a parachute for chrissakes!

-dickboi

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

this band is so fucking lame. music for dorks.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

the guy was right about it being their best record since 'ixnay', but that review is such crap. its an awesome album, not 1 bad track on the record, at the lesat average. and i cant wait to see em live when they come to NY again to tour.

sneedo (December 9, 2003)

Lenny Kravitz didn't write are you gonna go my way faggo, and no noone has

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

It seems offspring will always have their amazing songs and their crappy songs. If you haters actually listened to songs off Americana like "Staring at the sun" or songs off Conspiracy of One like "Come Out Swinging" ud realize that Offspring is still quite punk. The new cd has a few stupid songs, but if u look beyond those there are still some solid tracks ("The Noose","Lighting Rod",etc). Offspring are still working hard as ever and I cant wait for a U.S. tour early next year :)

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

This is a great album. buy it.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

that was "past"...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Credits for Blink's pass???

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

"Offspring are like blink 182.
Sure, they suck now, but you gotta give them credit for their past."

agreed. both bands have released quality albums, its just hard to get yourself to listen to those records when you hear "first date" or "original prankster" being played.

CallingLondon (December 9, 2003)

blink 182 did not invent any kind of sound. offspring did. 3 years ago i would have gone out today and immediately bought this album, but now i think i'll wait till i happen upon it. or download some tracks. i'm one of those who actually enjoyed americana tho. it really had some good songs on it, despite what some of you say. of course, ignition was their best. that and smash.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Offspring are like blink 182.
Sure, they suck now, but you gotta give them credit for their past.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

offspring is the most boring band to ever exist.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Good, this offspring effort sounds lame.
god dammit, someone please broke them up.
greedy bastards

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

just because the offspring doesn't have a large underground following doesn't mean that there aren't fans that don't love them to death

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

"Any band that uses the word "ho" seriously deserves to be shot."

does sublime count?

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

has anybody else noticed the simliarities between the vocal melody in that "i know you want to hit that" song and lenny kravitz's "are you gonna go my way?"?

nepaindiepunk (December 9, 2003)

Hmm...Smash was amazing and earlier stuff was good, ixnay and americana were ehh...tolerable, but conspiracy of one was inexcuseable. I hope this is their best since smash for their sake.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Ya know...i didnt listen to that conspiracy of one shit, but Americana was not half as bad as everyone pretended it was. If you ignored the shite tracks of course...in between pretty fly and all that other shit were some good songs. And so, since i dont seem to hold the grudge against this band that many others do, im looking forward to hearing this.

but there is no way it can touch Ixnzy on the hombre. That album is great.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I haven't bought anything from this band since Smash...and though i'm not a fan, it's sad to see them in the last I-don't-know-how-many-years become such a parody of themselves.

Jesse (December 9, 2003)

...but...but they're soooo horrible! How can you like this band? Terrible!! Music for the masses! Terrible! And just because you have an annoying high voice, it doens't mean it's good. Any band that uses the word "ho" seriously deserves to be shot.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

a music video is coming out next week..

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

"There's no music video out."

Yes there is. For the song "Da Hui" or whatever. It has a bunch of people surfing.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

id consider "hit that" a "pretty fly for a white guy/ original prankster/ come out in play" ripoff track.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

this is the best since smash.. i just picked it up

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

I'm looking foward to picking this up sometime soon but I need some more money. Stupid presents are killing my pay check.

-Eric

sneedo (December 9, 2003)

and since it was already certified platinum after only a week in Australia apparently quite a few people do, you can proceed to suck me off you fuckin elitist cocksucker.

sneedo (December 9, 2003)

I do, have the album playing now fucker,

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

people still care about this band?

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