The Offspring
Ixnay on the Hombre


5.0
classic

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T CONTRIBUTOR (128 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2009 | 46 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


In 1997, hot from the success from their third full length Smash the Offspring were faced with a timeless problem, of bands of past and present. How do you follow up your greatest achievement? Do you water-down your sound, appealing to the more mainstream part of the audience, or do you heavy it up, to please the smaller, yet more dedicated size of your fans? Luckily, with The Offspring's fourth and arguably best album Ixnay On The Hombre finds the perfect medium, fusing their melodic hardcore roots with more pop-rock influenced tendencies of the time, and in this fusion, the band solidifies their status as one of the best punk bands to ever exist.

When it comes to the art of fusing metallic hardcore with fun, easy going pop-punk, The Offspring are unequaled. While guitarist Noodles (Kevin Wasserman) isn't the most accomplished of players, his style is quintessential in creating the trademark Offspring sound. His fusion of punk, pop, metal and sometimes even ska helps him create his own unique style, one that so far, has unable to be replicated with such great success. In songs like Leave It Behind Noodles playing is very metal influenced, with a heavy guitar intro, and a pseudo metal guitar palm muted throughout the verse. Other tracks such as The Meaning of Life and All I Want sees the guitarist straddling the line between classic hardcore and modern punk, with blindingly fast, yet melodic lines. Way Down The Line features its outro has a happy, playful ska guitar line, while Me & My Old Lady even shows some slight Middle Eastern tinged playing, a rarity for the genre. When it comes to Dexter Holland's vocal performance, his lack of technical ability to sing has never sounded so good. He may not the have the greatest range or tone, but his voice is another defining factor of the band. It is also quite noticeable that his voice since Smash is much less gruff or aggressive as it was before.

Ron Welty also proves on this album his versatility as a drummer. Like the guitars, his drumming blurs the lines between hardcore and pop-punk quite often on the record. The Meaning of Life displays the the typical double bass pedal style of hardcore, while songs like Gone Away and Change The World display a more emotional style of playing, led by feeling. In I Choose he even adds other percussive instruments such as bongos and a tropical style of drums to his approach. On the bass front, Greg K. proves that simplicity may be best, with his bass lines almost always matching the guitar lines. While in most cases, this factor would be a negative point, in the case of The Offspring, any deviation from the guitars isn't necessary, with the bass helping to create a thick, powerful sound. However, this is not to say that Greg K. doesn't get his share of shining moments, with his bass being a standout moment on I Choose.

In creating Ixnay the Hombre, The Offspring not only matched the level of songwriting seen on Smash but actually eclipsed it. Each and every song on the album is a classic, whether it be the highly popular singles, or any of the other tracks on the album. With this brilliant album, The Offspring proved their worth, and instead of being known as "that one band with that one hit album" they will forever be known as one of the best bands in not just their genre, but in the world.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I seriously love this album. Hope everyone likes the review.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


32190 Comments


Good review, only Offspring i've ever checked out. You've got quite a few errors in here though.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i probably do, i'm about to go back in for an edit

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


32190 Comments


I can point some out if ya want.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that'd be good

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


32190 Comments


"In 1997, hot from the success from their third full length Smash the Offspring were faced with a timeless problem, of bands of past and present."

Sentence reads quite awkwardly, especially the last part.

"How do you follow up you're greatest"

Your*

"or to you heavy it up,"

To should be do

"more the pop-rock tendencies of the decade,"


Get rid of "the" and maybe throw in something along the lines of "which were popular at the time" or something.


TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha wow thanks.



i wrote in a rush, but yeah, thats prettybad lol

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


32190 Comments


"replicated with such great success."

Replicated as successfully maybe?

"guitar palm muted throughout the verse."

palm muted riff that runs throughout the verse?

"Way Down The Line features its outro has a happy,"

The outro of.... etc

"When it comes to Dexter Holland's vocal performance, his lack of technical ability to sing has never sounded so good."

I'd re work that whole sentence

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


32190 Comments


There's more but you get the idea. Tidy it up and ya get a pos from me.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

okay...fixed for the most part.



somberlain
December 22nd 2009


2121 Comments


Damn Deviant! you need to write more reviews yourself, seems you really have a lot of opinions on how things should be done

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah he should write a review

somberlain
December 22nd 2009


2121 Comments


well he has, he actually has a Mudvayne review on the main page.
I wasn't really ripping him, I just think he should review more

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Is that his? That's cool. He should review more though

somberlain
December 22nd 2009


2121 Comments


that's his dude, don't know how he got it there

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2009


32190 Comments


It ended up on the front page because the album just came out. As for why they picked mine....beats me.
Me pointing out the errors wasn't me ripping either, just offering some help. Wasn't exactly a busy day at work.

Meatplow
December 23rd 2009


5524 Comments


metallic hardcore? you don't mean metalcore, right?

great album, i've had a lot of good times with this :]

somberlain
December 23rd 2009


2121 Comments


That's cool man, the reviewer had no problem with it and neither do I.
It's ok to offer your opinions and some constructive crticism

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2009


22397 Comments


Oh man, I haven't listened to this album for soooo long. While I clearly prefer 'Smash', there is a song on this I couldn't stop listening to at one stage. Scarily enough, I can't recall which one it was... I think it was 'Amazed'.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2009


20479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"metallic hardcore? you don't mean metalcore, right?"



i didn't mean metalcore lol. If something thinks THIS is metalcore they have problems.



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