The Offspring
Smash


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
April 28th, 2007 | 140 replies | 43,001 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


If you were to ask me what I thought the highest selling album released by an independent record label was, I probably wouldn't have made an accurate guess. No scratch that, I definitely wouldn't have gotten it right. Then, if you were to tell me that The Offspring's album, Smash, was the best selling indie album I probably wouldn't have believed you. No scratch that, I definitely wouldn't have believed you. But regardless of what I would have said or believed, The Offspring's third album does hold (or has held) such a distinction. And considering the quality of Smash, it isn't really a surprise that the 1994 album would sell so well. A fun album to listen to; Smash brings to the table everything you'd expect from a young punk band.

Perhaps the element which stands out to me the most after listening to the near 40 minute album is the energy that The Offspring display in virtually every one of the 13 songs. Smash's first track, Nitro (Youth Energy) is, as one would expect from a song titled as it is, both energetic and powerful and lays down the blue print for the tracks to follow. Through The Offspring's fast paced, high octane attack, each of the band members compliments each other rather nicely. Hit single, Come Out and Play, will attest to that. Another powerful, highly enjoyable characteristic of Smash is the catchiness in which many of the tracks display. Many of the songs (especially the title track) have strong, memorable choruses which you will remember long after you finish listening. Interestingly, each of the songs seem as though they strive to outdo their predecessors in catchiness and with the exception of perhaps the Didjts cover Killboy Powerhead, feel as though they accomplish such a goal as you listen to them. Fortunately Smash doesn't begin to sound contrived or forced, as the song writing is strong enough to maintain artistic credibility.

In terms of quality songs, well, Smash has quite a lot to choose from. The title track is perhaps the strongest Smash has to offer. While the frenzied power chord attack heard during the song's verses and choruses may sound vaguely familiar after listening to the record in its entirety, they manage to remain entertaining. However, where Smash stands out musically is its instrumental section. Starting at about 1:27 and lasting for nearly 40 seconds, the bridge changes up the flow of the song and provides listeners with an interesting change of pace. After Smash, the next highlight would easily by Come Out and Play. One of The Offspring's most famous songs, it contains several memorable moments. The most recognizable, and certainly my favourite of these parts would be both the eastern sounding riff which accompanies the track's pre-verse and bridge as well as the poppy, albeit entertaining chorus. While not as energetic or fast paced as the likes of Smash or It'll Be a Long Time, it is probably the album's most interesting song.

I'm not a huge fan of punk rock. At least not yet. But if any album were to open me up to the genre, The Offspring's Smash would definitely be one of them. Combining fast-tempo, high energy punk rock with excellent song writing and the catchiness of pop-punk, the band's third album is definitely one which punk fans need to here. With songs such as Come Out and Play, Something to Believe In, and It'll Be a Long Time, The Offspring's breakout album is an exceedingly fun album to listen to, whether you're jamming along with it or just to sit back and enjoy. Definitely pick this up if you haven't already.

Recommended Tracks:
Smash
Come Out and Play
Something to Believe In
Self-Esteem
Nitro (Youth Energy)
It'll Be a Long Time



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Mikesn
Emeritus
April 28th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I pretty much listened the hell out of this over the last couple days.

iarescientists
April 28th 2007



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, review rules.

tom79
April 28th 2007



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best Offspring album. Good, short review.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Intransit
April 28th 2007



2797 Comments


It's good to see you varying up what you review. Sometimes with all of the metal reviews, you repeat yourself a bit, but this shows that you have a lot of versatility. Good work. I haven't listened to this in ages and this review has inspired me to go find it again.

Neoteric
April 28th 2007



3243 Comments


Album rules.

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 28th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good to see you varying up what you review. Sometimes with all of the metal reviews, you repeat yourself a bit, but this shows that you have a lot of versatility. Good work. I haven't listened to this in ages and this review has inspired me to go find it again.
Thanks man. I'll try to get some more non-metal reviews in since I won't be doing any/many new metal releases over the next couple of weeks so yay or something. I'll see what I can do.

Thanks for comments and album rules. Oh yeah, I want to get another album from The Offspring, which one should I look into next?

tom79
April 28th 2007



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ixnay on the Hombre

Oddsen
April 28th 2007



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fine review. This album pretty much rules and your right in saying the title track is probably the best although It'll be A long time comes close.
Get Ixnay or the two albums before this. Their self-titled is actually really strong

Intransit
April 28th 2007



2797 Comments


Ixnay fucking owns, if only for All I Want. Tied with Hit that for my favorite Offspring song.

No one saw that. This Message Edited On 04.28.07

The Sludge
April 29th 2007



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of punk rock. At least not yet. But if any album were to open me up to the genre, The Offspring's Smash would definitely be one of them.
Very good representation. I like your reviews, they are straight to the point and you continue to surprise me with the variety recently.

Angmar
April 29th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still love the Offspring and this is probably their 3rd best in my book, if you have not checked out Ixnay, get on that now.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2007



17920 Comments


the offspring are GAYYY

good revew tho

Ephex
April 29th 2007



730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is by far the best Offspring album, good job reviewing it.

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 29th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guess I'll check out Ixnay then, thanks yo

also chan your breaking my heart This Message Edited On 04.30.07

Alex101
May 2nd 2007



129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Smash is my favorite Offspring album and I consider it a classic!

Stalusk
May 4th 2007



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see this album amongst my collection sometimes and think why did I get this? But man it's a terrific album. The title track is brilliant, it's clearly their best.

chronikkda_punk
May 5th 2007



27 Comments


this album still rules even after listenin to it alot of times,

mortimerjstyles
May 9th 2007



12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album got me through my childhood....its too bad offspring suck so fuck ing bad now. I mean they were never as brilliant as my adolescent mind had frequently believed. buth they were at one time, fun, vaguely political and not contrived..what a shame.

south_of_heaven 11
June 21st 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is like sex.

FenderUsa
June 21st 2008



582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yesh



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