So here we are with the sixth album Conspiracy Of One, following up to the big smash hit, Americana. In this album, the band show a more poppier and more fun side. The album spawned three successful singles, Original Prankster, Want You Bad and the awesome Million Miles Away.
Now on to the review:
Californian pop-punksters The Offspring started life in Orange County. They released their Self-Titled which only published 5000 copies. Then they signed to Epitaph and released Ignition and then they made it big and ya-da-ya-da-ya-da. Ok, on to the album itself. The album starts off with a Beach Boy saying “When we’re ready to sing, we step up to the microphone and it comes out something like this." Then goes to the up-tempo Come Out Swinging. Starts with an awesome bassline. The song feels like a “Get ready for this!" song. It’s nothing special but it does get you pumped.
Next song is the mainstream pop hit Original Prankster. It is quite catchy and is a fun song you can jump about to. Who cares if it’s a hit? The Offspring are better at fun funny songs. It features a guest appearance from Redman who does two words during the chorus, AMAZING!!! Haha, well, it does add the cheeky effect in the song. Want You Bad was also a commercial song. It is also a fun song but without the cheeky lyrics. The lyrics are a bit kinky though. It’s a good song throughout.
Another radio hit but more on a serious side is the brilliant Million Miles Away. Problem is the “Woahs!" in the chorus get annoying but make great for a nice sing-a-long. Next is the juicy Dammit, I Changed Again which is the usual “Offspring trying to be serious" song. It’s an okay song but the Offspring know they were born for the fun songs. The bass-lines are some that you could actually hear and are quite good.
Living In Chaos is a jump about song. Dexter said they made this song for fans “To jump around to" and a good thing they did too. The song is dead simple and it’s a very jumpy one that’s I’ve described. My favourite part is when Dexter sings “Falling, falling, yeah, yeah, yeah." Special Delivery is a very weird song and it’s something the Offspring has never did. The verse has some weird Synth and the chorus is something I can not describe. The bass is top-notch on this track aswell. Speaking of fun songs. One Fine Day is about being a normal punk rebel. The chorus is really fast. The whole song is up-tempo but the third verse is a bit slower but keeps the same beat and rhythm and then surprise, surprise, the chorus.
Next song is the short punk song All Along. It’s short and fast, not much else to describe about it. Denial, Revisited is a sort of power ballad. The drums are nice and simple in this song. The lyrics are about having a fight with your girlfriend. The chorus is strong and beautiful. This song is incredibly underrated in my opinion. This is the longest on the album clocking in at 4:32. Incredibly long for an Offspring song, or a punk song in general.
Vultures takes a riff or two from Dirty Magic I think(sic) In my opinion, the best song on the album. The riff at the start is awesome and easy to play for the enthusiast beginner. The chorus has the traditional “Yeah" here and there. It has a guitar solo! It’s easy but good for a beginner aswell. It’s an awesome song throughout. Now for the proper final song. The fast, smooth title-track Conspiracy Of One. It’s fast, I can say that and it’s short, so it’s the typical punk song then. Next is the suppose bonus-track Huck It, a song they did for the same titled movie. It’s more fast fun but they use it as earlier Offspring albums do it.
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
She’s Got Issues
Why Don’t You Get A Job
The Kids Aren’t Alright
Their is also a karaoke feature where you can sing along with One Fine Day and a short promotion of their stunt-video.
What a value for money.
– Is the singer and rhythm guitarist, he has a high-pitched voice that some people find annoying. He just recently picked up the guitar for this album. Uses too much “whoa!" in my opinion.
– Ok, not his real name but his nickname amongst the band. Plays guitar, he pretty much does rhythm but does some short solos here and there. I like his playing but I also like his guitar, his signature Ibanez is sweet.
– I think this is the strongest part of the band. He has bass you can really hear. There is also bass solos!
(replaced by some dude named Atom in 2003) – Ron is quite fast with his drums but seriously, he uses the same drum-beat in nearly every song which is a bit poor.