The Offspring
Americana


4.0
excellent

Review

by davybum69 USER (2 Reviews)
November 11th, 2005 | 16 replies | 2,057 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This is an album that I grew up listening to, I got it when it came out. Even now after all these years its still great. This was when The Offspring were starting to get really big. This was probably there last really good album.

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

1. Welcome Ė Just an intro, but its funny.

2. Have You Ever Ė Starts slow and gets kind of dark and has some really good lyrics. Then changes into a whole different song that has a really good bass riff. This is one of my favorites and I never skip it. 4.5/5

3. Staring At The Sun Ė Starts slow with a palm muted guitar riff with Dexter singing, then it picks up and gets really fast with some really good lyrics. Another great song. 4/5

4. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) Ė One of the singles of the album. While its quite funny its very poppy. Iíve lost interest in this one over the year. Its not bad, but its not great either. 3/5

5. The Kids Arenít Alright Ė One of the greatest song The Offspring ever wrote, hands down the best on the album, and also another single The lyrics are great and the kind you can just sing along to. Every riff is great and has one of Noodles best solos ever. 5/5

6. Feelings Ė When I was younger I never liked this song but it has grown on me, or grown with me Iím not sure which. Anyways the Intro and verse riffs are really good. Dexterís vocals are great especially in the chorus and another great solo from Noodles. 4.5/5

7. Sheís Got Issues Ė Another single and I have never been a big fan of this song. Its really poppy and I donít see a lot to like, thatís all I have to say. 2/5

8. Walla Walla Ė I love this song for some reason, its really funny and the beginning riff is awesome. It makes me really happy to listen to this song, and I hope it does the same for you. 4/5

9. The End Of The Line Ė This song reminds me of Gone Away but faster and not quite as good, but that doesnít mean its bad. Its got some cool lyrics and some weird guitar effects in the bridge. Just a solid song. 4/5

10. No Brakes Ė A fast punk song, which Iíve always liked. It picks things up a bit after the last song. Has a good bass line and good guitar riffs. 4/5

11. Why Donít You Get A Job Ė Another single, and a very poppy sounding one to boot. I remember when I was I the 4th grade and this came out me and one of my friends knew the lyrics to this by heart and used to sing it all the time. Well that was then I almost always skip it these day. 3/5

12. Americana Ė Americana is Dexter Hollandís vision of a perfect world, but with the way things in the world are going these days that will never happen. But anyways this song kicks ass, Its also very experimental because I think itís the only song The Offspring have ever recorded thatís played in D tuning. Deffenattly one of the best songs. 5/5

13. Pay The Man Ė Starts with this kind of western sounding intro that goes on for around 5 minutes or so, but its worth the wait. The song this turns into an epic of sorts and is a great way to end the album. 4/5

All in all this is a good album, not as good as there older albums but still very good. And bye the way this is my first review so please donít rip my balls off.

Favorite Tracks:
-The Kids Arenít Alright
-Americana
-Have You Ever
-Feelings


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
November 12th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you're going to do a track by track review you should add more detail to each track. Not a bad first review, but more detail is good.

kolzig33189
November 12th 2005



335 Comments


decent review awesome album

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2005



15732 Comments


Pretty underwhelming review. Im gonna get this and review.

Zebra
Moderator
November 12th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't know if you'll like it. It's my least favorite Offspring album, IMO it's poppy and annoying.

1.Smash
2.Ixnay On The Hombre
3.s/t
4.Ignition
5.Splinter
6.Conspiracy Of One
7.Americana

That's how I would rank the Offspring albums from best to worst.

Rudd13
November 12th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review didnt make the slightest impact on the old one. But it shows you put effort into it, so you get my vote. The Offspring used to be one of my favorites and I used to simply adore this album. It was a few months ago that I realized that it's right score would rank along the lines of a high 3. In other words, I wanted to review as well...

The title song still rocks though :thumb:



kolzig33189
November 12th 2005



335 Comments


I don't know if you'll like it. It's my least favorite Offspring album, IMO it's poppy and annoying.

1.Smash
2.Ixnay On The Hombre
3.s/t
4.Ignition
5.Splinter
6.Conspiracy Of One
7.Americana


are you serious?? this is their least poppy album. this was when they were a true punk band and hadnt switched to the pop punk yet

Neoteric
November 12th 2005



3243 Comments


No, that was back in the days of Ignition.

Rudd13
November 12th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=Kolzig]are you serious?? this is their least poppy album. this was when they were a true punk band and hadnt switched to the pop punk yet[/quote]

......................

No.

davybum69
November 12th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey Zebra thanks for the advice I'll keep it in mind next time. And IMO this is better than conspiricy of one and splinter thoses are more poppy.This Message Edited On 11.12.05

Zebra
Moderator
November 12th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with you. Splinter, Conspiracy Of One, and Americana are all definately pop-punk albums. I just prefer Splinter and COO over this.

Shattered_Future
November 12th 2005



1540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this...it's got some good, fun, catchy songs.

Not the best they've ever released, but not their worst either.

davybum69
November 12th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I totally agree.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 15th 2005



2240 Comments


bump up the rating of shes got issues to a 4/5 and id agree with it all!

you do need more info per track though, this wouldn't give much of an idea of the sound to someone who's not heard this album before.

theshapeofpunktocome
November 15th 2005



49 Comments


I'm going to take this one as I want to finish off my Offspring discography.

This was my favourite album back then and even though it's ration has slowed down, I still pop it in the old CD player once and awhile =)

davybum69
November 15th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same here man, like I said in the review I grew up with it.



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