The Offspring
Ixnay on the Hombre


4.5
superb

Review

by Chris Maziejka USER (49 Reviews)
November 14th, 2005 | 52 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Well, well. The Offspring. A very recognizable group; releasing this album was in my opinion the greatest thing they've ever done. 'Ixnay on the Hombre' is, simply put, a Pop-Punk classic. It has all the ingredients you look for in a good CD: Memorable songs that you'll be playing more than once, little to no filler, and listenable content. Thats all you need. This release travels pretty much in the same direction as the band's previous work...Catchy vocals and buzzsaw guitar has shaped the Offspring's whole original sound. These qualities are very noticable on 'Ixnay', and though they don't rule over the album, you can't miss it, not that you'd want to.


So, its '97, and seems the band has found themselves in the usual situation you see nowadays: "How can we succesfully follow up a top-seller?" What could they do? Well, actually trying usually works. Good thing Offspring realized that. Thats one of the many great qualities of this album: The songs sound like they took time to write, record, and produce. Meanwhile, this is the Offspring, so sure, the occasional minute-and-a-half vocal bursts can be found, but they're amazingly catchy. The majority of 'Ixnay' is longer and more experimental songs (for this band, at least) that are very fun and interesting to listen to. No matter how many times I listen to 'Ixnay on the Hombre', after a song ends I can hardly wait for the next track. Theres another good aspect of this album for you: Its not boring.

The different, 'experimental' parts of the album are brilliant. Songs like 'Meaning of Life', 'Gone Away', and 'Amazed' can be included in this category. These tracks bring out the real moodier, epic side of the band; fans do need nostalgia, though. The more noticable and commercialized sound remains the same. Those are the ones that support the newer sound, but at the same time are nothing close to filler and very enjoyable. I like that the band can do something like this...Make two almost opposite genres click on the same album (seems to me like a mix of Ska/Punk and traditional Rock). One flaw though chips away at this sometimes: the album can start to sound strange to the casual listener. Fans will be perfectly fine, and the less-obsessed will most likely get hooked to the catchier parts of 'Ixnay', but the sudden changes of pace may be a drawback to you if your not used to something like that.

Much of the music the Offspring have produced has been candy for the ears; sweetness is an important factor, and songs that will pull you in and motivate you to get off your couch and check out the local shop for that copy of one of their albums. This catchy inspiration is hardly vague among the tracks on 'Ixnay'. I know several music fans who want to check out a band, but aren't sure which album they should purchase. Well, if you've been looking at the Offspring's discography for a while and can't decide, this is it. This is one to buy: 'Ixnay on the Hombre' is pure Pop-Punk/Ska nirvana that shouldn't ever be overlooked.

Credits:

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



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Zebra
Moderator
November 14th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the best review for this album, great job.

goblue1098
November 14th 2005


61 Comments


alright! the offspring finally get the respect they really do deserve - by far best album by the offspring

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2005


15743 Comments


Frances Farmer=Always putting great pop-punk albums in their place (Kerplunk, 1039, now this). *thumbs up*.

francesfarmer
November 14th 2005


1477 Comments


I actually did name some of the songs I thought were 'experimental', but I'll have a look at it anyway.This Message Edited On 11.14.05

NEDM
November 14th 2005


1113 Comments


All I Want = Secks.

Zesty Mordant
November 14th 2005


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is probably my favorite Offspring album, more so than Smash; it's got the right mix of agression, poppy hooks, humor, loserdom, and punchy production.



CushMG15
November 14th 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As much as I love this album, Smash still tops it for me. I think a lot more people might agree if it had had better production.

doctorsscriptsand666
April 14th 2007


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album was one of the first that I heard "All I want" and I knew I just HAD to get it. Fuckin classic

FenderUsa
May 17th 2007


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a classic but Smash is better, Gone Away is just so good, dont forget All I Want and The Meaning of Life

XSebbyMcMuffinX
March 22nd 2008


339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I seriously just realized that the vocals on Disclaimer are by Jello Biafra after listening to it for the first time in a year... I've had this since I was a kid... actually, about when Americana came out.

Shrapnel94
May 17th 2008


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of my favorite offspring albums

KILL
January 30th 2009


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album just FUCKING OWNS

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Awesomesauce
February 25th 2009


1084 Comments


Yep, this is the last of the great Offspring records. Good review too.

Fxxkit13
April 29th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This CD is bawlin fo shawlin

Meatplow
December 13th 2009


5524 Comments


I haven't listened to this for years.

Great album.

rodrigo90
July 27th 2010


210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

offspring still swims, and the punk is trying to survive but this album won the competition for the rest of the decade if you are in love with smash and you grow up with the grunge generation you'll be love this

KILL
November 13th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thrashing to all i want this album rules so hard makes me feel like i'm 12 again

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2010


8019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YA YA YA YA YA

OllieS
September 5th 2011


2036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's cool to hate

Itishappeningagain
February 29th 2012


320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I forgot all about offspring, then i suddenlt remembered about them and started blasting this.Feels amazing.



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