The Offspring
Days Go By


2.5
average

Review

by Rastapunk USER (28 Reviews)
June 25th, 2012 | 9 replies | 3,068 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A low release with a few fun or good songs that makes it average.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Twenty three years have passed since The Offspring released their first record (Self Titled). They started as a true Punk Rock band talking about politics and making great solos then evolved in a mainstream punk rock band they're known to be. I grew up listening to them and enjoyed most of their CDs until Rise And Fall Rage And Grace. The crew is still the same except for drummer Pete Perada who joined the band in 2007, although some of the drum tracks were recorded by their session drummer Josh Freese. They were recognized as the new wave of Cal Punk Rock along with Rancid and Green Day. Eighteen years after their commercial success with Smash, The Offspring released their ninth studio album Days Go By.

First thing you notice on this album is the artwork, it doesn't really feel like a Offspring CD... But whatever, the cover doesn't reflect the songs. Does it? Well kinda, the songs don't feel like Offspring too. I mean you can hear lots of influence from their past work in most of the songs. The opener Future is Now is a fine melodic punk rock song with a lot of energy, that starts with a riff you could have heard in Conspiracy Of One. It continues on the same path with Secret From the Underground

It feels like The Offspring have ran out of idea so they changed their style to a more mainstream melodic rock like Fall Out Boys, or like Sum 41 have been doing lately. Many songs sound uninspired, especially All I Have Left Is You which is the worst song on this LP along with I Wanna Secret Family. There are songs that you'll love or hate like California Cruising or OC Guns (an attempt to make a Long Beach Dub Allstar kind of reggae song). Cruising California sounds like a parody of what you can hear on the radio, but it will be ok for a summer song but nothing more than that, I mean there's autotune in it!

Songs like Hurting as one, Dividing By Zero and Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell could have been great songs if they worked harder on them. They feel like they ran out of idea in the process of making them. The lyrics aren't really good especially after you hear Dirty Magic, a masterpiece from their 1991 Ignition.

The Offspring have changed... a lot! They are now Mainstream Rock kinda like their song You're Gonna Go Far, Kid! This album will be a disappointment to the hardcore Offspring fans although the remake of Dirty Magic stands as a message that they're still what they were eleven years ago. They might have hit a low with this LP but there are some songs that are fun.

The Offspring were on this album:
Dexter Holland: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Noodles: lead guitar, backing vocals
Greg K.: bass guitar, backing vocals
Pete Parada: drums, percussion



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rastapunk
June 25th 2012



717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki,
Waddup holmes? you hijo de puta! pendejo! Cabron

pacedown
June 25th 2012



174 Comments


few bands could disappoint this big.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The rating is too harsh IMO. You focus mostly on the negative aspects when there are some great songs here too.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Rastapunk
June 25th 2012



717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The songs aren't good at all, i mean the lyrics are getting worst and worst, some songs feel so uninspired so no I don't think this is a 3.5. I've listened to it a lot lately, went from a 2 to a 2.5 already (for songs like Dirty Magic, OC Guns and Future is now)...

ZedO
June 25th 2012



1096 Comments


nice review, cabron!

;]

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Besides The Future Is Now, Dirty Magic and OC Guns, I really like Secrets From The Underground, Dividing By Zero and Turning Into You. Slim Pickens and Hurting As One are not bad also. My rating is somewhere in between 3 and 3.5, because I'm happy this turned out okay. Do you mind if I post my review for the album first thing in the morning ?

Rastapunk
June 25th 2012



717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Go ahead dude, no problem. The more opinions the better the album will be reviewed (is that proper english?)!!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Haha, I understood you. Yeah, it's better when more people talk about one album because you get to see different points of view on the same work.

Laiho1923
June 25th 2012



11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Honestly, the album was about what I expected.. They haven't been the same since Rise&Fall, but I gave it a fair shot out of loyalty to the band. Now that I've done that, time to put on some Smash...



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