The Offspring
Americana


4.0
excellent

Review

by RockerGav USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


The Offspring - Americana
Columbia
1998


[url]http://www.offspring.com[/url]

Dexter Holland: Guitar, Vocals
Noodles: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Greg K: Bass, Backing Vocals
Ron Welty: Drums

This is one of the defining moments in The Offspring's career. this album marked the point where skeptics branded them sell outs, and old fans had to grudgingly accept that they were going poppy. To be honest, it wasn't really that bad, with the exception of two songs blatantly made for radio play, it was the same punk rock fury as before, albeit slightly calmer than their previous album, Ixnay On The Hombre.

Standout tracks:
Have You Ever
Staring At The Sun
The Kids Aren't Alright
No Brakes
Americana

Track By Track
  • Welcome: Its just an intro, but its quite funny. Worth a mention purely for that.
  • Have You Ever One of my personal favourites. Great lyrics about not fitting in with the world around you. Great catchy chorus, into a breakdown with a BASS SOLO! Followed by a great punk ending, almost like 2 songs in 1.
  • Staring at the Sun I love the muted guitar in this one. The guitar always complements Dexter's voice, quiet in the quiet bits, furious in the energetic bits. Its just one hell of a great song..
  • Pretty Fly (for a white guy): The much debated single. Although too poppy, I would have to say that it isn't really that bad. It does have a great riff, and the lyrics are entertaining. But you have probably already heard this enough times to know what you think of it.
  • The Kids Aren't Alright: One of the bands best ever. Has great lyrics about a street where everything went wrong for their youth. Great Riff, catchy chorus, one of Noodles best solo's as well. A class song all the way through.
  • Feelings: The most forgettable song here. I don't like it very much, but it does have a good guitar solo. Not enough lyrics for my liking.
  • She's Got Issues: One of the singles, so quite a bit poppy, but its still a great song. Reminds of me of Self Esteem as its about Dexter's love life, although from a different point of view.
  • Walla Walla: A funny song about a guy who is going to end up in jail, its a good song but nothing special apart from the lyrics.
  • The End of the Line: A song about death, like Gone Away. Not as good as gone away, but the lyrics are emotional and its hard not to feel sorry for the person left behind.
  • No Brakes: Fast, energetic, punk rock fury. It's what this album needs, a fast track to kick it up again after lulling a bit in the middle, and it fits the bill perfectly. One of my favourites on the CD.
  • Why Don't You Get a Job: I don't like this song at all. For me, it has NO redeeming features, it was made purely for radio play, and its easy to see.
  • Americana: A great song here. Loud, shouty, punk. Good lyrics about Dexter's vision of a perfect world. One of the standout tracks.
  • Pay The Man An epic song to finish the album with. Starts off middle eastern, and progresses into a slow rock song at the end.
So there you have it. Its not spectacular next to Smash or Ixnay, but its not a total waste of money, the good songs more than make up for the bad.
4/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
brycey
January 11th 2004


205 Comments


kickass review gav. :thumb:

this is one of my favourite albums, and i really enjoyed reading your review.

bloody well done. :thumb:

Tommy
January 11th 2004


2 Comments


cool one of my first albums I've bought

mooteel
January 12th 2004


3 Comments


First album I bought... and still playing in my discman today...

dans107
January 13th 2004


11 Comments


Like you said Gav, give or take a few songs, it's a great album

I don't know if you knew this, but "Feelings" was originally wrote by Burt Bacarach or Johnny Mathis, I can't remember which. If you can download the original, or get a copy of it, you'll see why it would have been hard to make it a 'great' song.

The Kids Aren't Alright, No Brakes and Staring at the Sun are all classic Offspring songs.

Very good album (and review ;)).

Dan

BuddyBigsby
January 13th 2004


531 Comments


Great review as always Gav.

BirdsOfFires
January 13th 2004


92 Comments


2.5/5.
Decent album, but nothing compared to Offspring's older stuff. Not genre spanning or even exceptional at all with the exception of "The Kids Aren't Alright" which is certainly a genre-defining pop-punk song.

Ờpĕťħ kid
January 15th 2004


1 Comments


Nice review. Pay the Man should be on the standout tracks list though!!

spoon_of_grimbo
February 13th 2004


2241 Comments


this is the album that got me into punk!!! i would have to disagree with what you said about "why dont you get a job." ok, so its poppy, but so what? its catchy and has some of the most memorable lyrics since "stupid dumb**** god**** mother****er" on bad habit

dougefresh
February 13th 2004


9 Comments


Dude spoon of grimbo, stop bringing back old threads.


EDIT: Awesome review

NoHero9
February 13th 2004


16 Comments


Awesome review indeed. I must also say that pay the man should have been on the mentions

brycey
February 13th 2004


205 Comments


for the love of god spoon, please don't bring back threads.

clown_phobia
July 7th 2004


36 Comments


[QUOTE=brycey]kickass review gav. :thumb:

this is one of my favourite albums, and i really enjoyed reading your review.

bloody well done. :thumb:[/QUOTE]

quoted for truth

mexicanfloydian
August 7th 2004


165 Comments


This was one of my first albums, I bought it when I had like 8 or 9 years. I still listen to it sometimes when I want to remember the old days.
Great review gav.

that_one_guy
August 7th 2004


2 Comments


this Cd i dont think is their best but i have it on my Ipod and do listen to it from time to time. i agree with the review, it wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst, good review on it.

Kiedisfan69
August 8th 2004


42 Comments


[QUOTE=Ờpĕťħ kid]Nice review. Pay the Man should be on the standout tracks list though!![/QUOTE]

Yeah, I agree, that's song's great! Also, She's Got Issues should have been on that list as well. Those 2 songs and Have You Ever are my favorite songs on this CD, but I like them all. 4.5/5

Vlad_The_Moose
August 8th 2004


14 Comments


This CD was the first one i bought and it got me hooked not only on Offspring but on punk/rock (hell, even heavy music)... and even if it is "poppy" in parts, it rocks on all cylinders
Cool Review

NineBitFable
August 8th 2004


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My favorite offsping song, (and one of my favorite songs period) has got to be the Kids Are not alright. The guitar intro and solo is just amazing, (one of the first things I attempted to learn on guitar).
Also, I never really thought that the offspring where Punk..I think most of their stuff is pretty much metal, but happier metal... if that makes any sence haha

some"farty"one
August 8th 2004


5 Comments


I liked the cd and now i feel like its not so great but for sure couple songs are very amazing like feelings(intro rocks and easy to play) no brakes, staring at the sun,Americana(what a nice riff), have you ever. The rest is not so great expecialy for Shes got issues, Why dont you get a job. If you like this cd GET SMASH FAST!!!!!!!!I got it 6 months after i bought americana and fell in love with Smash and im still in love with it.

ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
August 9th 2004


22 Comments


yeah i dont liek this album as much as i used to but i must give credit for the fact that it pulled me away from the whole Ludacris/Juvenile/Puff Daddy scene

Tomahawk
August 9th 2004


124 Comments


This was one of the first CDs I really got into. I still don't mind it, but usually if I want to listen to the Offspring, I put on "Smash".

I don't like the song "Why don't you get a job", it reminds me of "Obla di obla da" by the Beatles.



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