The Offspring
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace


2.0
poor

Review

by Vilen1025 USER (7 Reviews)
May 7th, 2009 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not everything must be punk to be musical, but it must be creative, and this album could use a lot more creativity.

After their longest break yet (roughly 5 years), The Offspring come back with a new album called "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace". While it shows some signs of life, the album generally lacks musicality and the "kick" that drove the early albums.

The band opens up with possibly the best song on album, "Half-Truism". With powerful guitar, complex vocals, and a well-executed performance, it sets a high standard for the rest of the album, and definitely keeps us wanting more. However, the songs that follow do not reach this bar - "Trust in You" is a fast-paced number, though nothing especially new or interesting. In fact, it sounds similar to another song on the album, "Takes Me Nowhere".

Next up is the single "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". This hit song is surprisingly not as good as its hype, though it definitely stands out. Holland sings "dance, ***er, dance" in its main chorus - enough to get kids jumping around to this song. Other songs like "A Lot Like Me" and "Nothingtown" return to the post-Ixnay era sound, with a pop punk air.

"Hammerhead" was the first single, and it is another shiny number. Reckless and confident, Holland opens up with a military setting - of whose true nature is later revealed. "Stuff Is Messed Up" is a gigantic joke and proof that the band is finished lyrically. There's nothing in it that bands (including The Offspring) haven't done before, and simply criticizing American society isn't remotely creative.

What mars the album further are the songs that seem disconnected from The Offspring's potential. "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" explores the life of a teenage girl being sexually abused. While it is a meaningful topic, the effect is weak, especially the lyrics: "Can you stay strong?/Can you go on?/Kristy, are you doing okay?" It seems like something out of Disney, at which point one knows that stuff is indeed messed up. The song "Fix You" is a poor attempt at meaning; lyrically, it is one of the Offspring's worst moments. Complete with references to "God's tears" and combined with bland music, it stains the beauty of a few other songs on the album.

The final two songs are "Let's Hear It for Rock Bottom" and "Rise and Fall". The former is, again, nothing special. It is one of many fadeaway tracks on the album, but doesn't attempt at style or aplomb, as the Offspring had clearly achieved in albums like Ignition or Smash or even Splinter. The latter opens with a riff that screams Green Day - now it seems as if they've run out of ideas. Good thing it happened on the last track, or this album would have been worse.

In conclusion, RAFRAG has a few songs that are special and should be recognized, but other songs that pollute the experience. Not everything must be punk to be musical, but it must be creative, and this album could use a lot more creativity.

2/5

Best songs:

"Half-Truism"
"Hammerhead"
"A Lot Like Me"



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Meatplow
May 7th 2009


5524 Comments


This really grew on me after some guy I know playing it at work all the time.

Many of these songs are damn fun.

AtavanHalen
May 7th 2009


17927 Comments


Some statements in here really need some elaboration; but you put your point across pretty well for a first review. Keep writing, I'm interested to see where you go from here.

Douchebag
May 7th 2009


3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I reckon this is one of the more stronger offspring albums. It contains no joke songs and I can easily listen to the whole thing without skipping a song. I find it equal to Smash and Ixnay and definitley better than CO1 and Splinter.

AtavanHalen
May 7th 2009


17927 Comments


Just stop.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009


8371 Comments


lol at Croc and vanHalen

Decent first review, like vanHalen said, some sentences need a bit tiding up but in general you did an ok job

Zippermouth
May 7th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I LOVED this album!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2009


8371 Comments


I have not heard this album all the way through, but i know that Offspring is very nice and relaxing to listen to. Good stuff. Croc's rating are still funny though

JimmyPopAli
May 7th 2009


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That "Green Day riff" was itself takes from Dillinger Four's "doublewhiskeyandcokenoice".

Good review though, even though I disagree completely about Stuff is Messed Up.

Cesar
May 7th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is underated and the only Offspring album I really enjoy.

Meatplow
May 7th 2009


5524 Comments


Power chord riffs are a dime a dozen and just about everything has been reused with a slight variation.

Cesar
May 7th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I know, I'm not say it is a new, refreshing, progressive, pushing-the-limits album, but it's just so good in what it is.

Phantom
May 7th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first four tracks are great, the rest are ok.

Vilen1025
May 7th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks, guys. Appreciate your comments.



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