The Offspring
Smash


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jawaharal USER (33 Reviews)
August 17th, 2005 | 46 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


This is the Offspring's pinnacle of greatness, even more, for pop-punk in general. Its simple formula of power chords and plenty of "heys and ohs" proves it to be an extremely addicting and fun listen. You will be singing along and chanting "hey and ho"and in no time it'll be over and you will crave for more. This is one of the best if not "the best" pop-punk album of 90s. It bombs Greenday out of the water and puts Blink-182 to shame. This is a truly great album.

Track By Track
The album begins with Time To Relax, an ironic intro to quite a lively album. Nitro (Youth Energy) is next up and enters with a drum roll and BAM! it explodes with the guitar and so it begins. The uber catchy verses and an awesome bridge foretells of what is to come. Bad Habit is next up. Its begins with a simple bass line and when the lyrics start you can tell this is darker than your average pop-punk song.
Quote:
Well they say the road is a dangerous place
If you flip me off I'll get in your face
If you drive on my ass
Your foot's on the gas
And your next breath is your last

[Chorus]

Drivers are rude
Such attitudes
But when I show my peace
Complaints cease
Something's odd
I feel like I'm god
You stupid dumb*** goddam mother***er!
Gotta Get Away is one of my favorites. It begins with a great drum rhythm and one awesome chord progression. The lyrics are about insanity and paranoia instead of the common masturbation and getting drunk.
Quote:
I'm getting edgy all the time
There's someone around me just a step behind
It's kinda scary the , the shape I'm in
The walls are shakin'and they' re closing in
Too fast or a bit too slow
I'm paranoid of people and it's starting to show
There' s one guy that I can't shake
Over my shoulder is a big mistake
Of course their not the best I've heard but itís good to hear some different lyrical themes. It ends with the traditional Wahooís and leads into Genocide. It begins with a fast chord progression and some catchy lead work. The drums are excellent and the chorus is infectiously good. The bridge has some great palm muting (reminds me of Tool) and the song ends with the count of 1 2 3 4. Something To Believe In is next and begins with a pick scrape and the power chords come in. The chorus has the "hey and Ho's" and then the song breaks into a bass line only bridge which sounds great. Come Out And Play is one of the better songs on the album. It begins with some percussion and Dexter saying "you gotta keep them separated' then the power chords come in. A little bit further into the song a lead line comes in that sounds very Indian like (think India). Not a ton of variation in this one. Self-Esteem is the best song on the album. It begins with the band singing "la la lalala la la lalala" and then a catchy chord progression comes in. The verses are only bass only and the guitar occasionally comes in adding a great effect. The "wayoo's and ya's are used quite often and they sound great. And the lyrics are really fun to listen to.
Quote:
I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
But she came over I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Oh I know I'm being used
That's okay man cause I like the abuse
Oh I know she's playing with me
That's okay cause I've got no self esteem
An excellent song. It'll Be A Long Time is one of the weaker songs, but nonetheless enjoyable. Not much different than the other songs but it does have a great bridge. Killboy Powerhead is one awesome song. The power chords are a little different than the other songs and the chorus is insanely catchy and fun. Itís a great short listen. So Alone is the shortest song on the album clocking in at 1:17. Itís got great some great shouts and "ya's" and is over before you know it. What Happened To You sounds alot like ska and has some great Heys. Itís extremely catchy and actually has a SOLO. Yep thatís right a solo. It might not be that fast or technical but it fits the music nicely and itís good to hear one over of 11 tracks of none. A standout track on the album. Not The One begins with a guitar with delay. Sounds similar to rockabilly. Itís not very different than most of the songs, though youíre able to listen to the whole thing and not get bored cause its only 2:54. Smash is the last track and the longest. Its 10 minutes long though a good majority of it is silence. Itís a great song and has an awesome guitar line during the chorus. During the first part of the song it has an exceptional bridge and then it ends with the same guy in the beginning who is talking. Then it goes to a short instrumental Genocide and then fades into silence at 4:00. The silence goes on for a looooonnggg time, around five minutes. Then an instrumental come out and play starts though itís only the Indian guitar line and itís so hypnotizing to listen to. Great way to end the album.

One thing about smash that brings it down is the receptiveness. Itís a lot of the same chord progressions and the frequent (though always enjoyable) shouts. Though there is still not one bad track. Each one is enjoyable. From the ska flavored What Happened To You? to the Indian inspired Come Out And Play there is some original and great pop-punk. The lyrics touch more mature themes, but they still keep their sense of humor on tracks like Self-Esteem and Come Out And Play. This album is not only for fans of pop-punk but for anyone who wants to have a good time. The musicianship isnít as good as The Clash or The Minutemen, the vocals arenít the best Iíve ever heard, and the lyrics arenít the most inspired, but they still do a helluva job. This is a must own for everyoneís CD collection.



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Jawaharal
August 17th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh poop my review isn't that good now that I read it

Rudd13
August 17th 2005


952 Comments


well, its actually a fine review. This album is a great milestone for the band. I still listen frequently. The title song is the favorite.

Good job :thumb:

Jawaharal
August 17th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any comments anybody?

Desensitized
August 18th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good job. I still like this Offspring album the best.

Blindguardian
August 18th 2005


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

On of my favorite pop/punk albums. I can listen to this album all the way through no matter my mindset. Every song is great, though my favorites are 'Gotta Get away,' 'What happened to you,' 'Something to believe in'...hell I like 'em all.

Nice job with the review, as well.

left
August 18th 2005


13 Comments


i like this album alot, and still have my old Smash tape.

pretty nice review there, but are you sure that Dexter is the one who yells "you gotta keep`em separated" ? I thought it was their fan (i forget his name right now) who also apeared on Mota.This Message Edited On 08.18.05

FauxApathy
August 18th 2005


98 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jason "Blackball" McLean Sign's The "You Gotta Keep em Seperated Line.

Anyway, I love this album, it's my favorite album out of everything. It's not traditional pop/punk, It's More like A mix of Punk and Rock. The Lyrics are much more Mature than a traditional Pop/Punk album, If you're looking for one of those, Get Americana instead.

Nitro (Youth Energy) and Smash are my favorites at the moment, But Every one has been a favorite at one point. I would reccommend this album to anyone who likes punk at all.

edit: one more thing? Indian? It's more like A Middle Eastern Sounding Riff. Afghanistan, Iran.. You know, around there. This Message Edited On 08.18.05

Jawaharal
August 18th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya I probally was a fan sorry about that
Nah I think its mostly similar to indian

Oddsen
October 25th 2005


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is the best! and like rudd said the title song is the best

Jawaharal
October 25th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh, this review reeks. I really need to redo it.

pulseczar
October 25th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

im too lazy to redo my early track by tracks. I'll just wait for someone to pwn them with a second review. This review isnt bad though.

goblue1098
October 26th 2005


61 Comments


amazing albumn by the offspring - seccond only to ixnay good review too

CushMG15
October 26th 2005


1802 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favorite offspring album. Not a bad tune on here. Punk Rock Classic in my opinion. Ixnay is a relatively close 2nd.

kolzig33189
November 28th 2005


335 Comments


good review dude

bassman05
January 16th 2006


13 Comments


This album is a genius, punk masterpiece

SyphonAss
January 18th 2006


141 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is wicked album and ood review. Bad habit is the best song hands down

Charlie No.2
January 18th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome Album
One of my Faves
Best Song is Come out and Play though by MILES!

ktstein
January 20th 2006


438 Comments


This was the first cd I ever bought. I was in 6th grade and my mom took it away from me when she heard "Bad Habit" playing on my stereo!!
Too bad everything else this band ever made was poor, and I must add...they are not very "fly" for white guys.
O'Doyle rules!!

Lunarfall
February 9th 2006


3179 Comments


Self Esteem is incredibly overrated. ;)

clairvoyant
March 6th 2006


765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One of the greatest punk albums ever in my opinion.

Smash (the song) is absolutely amazing.



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