The Offspring
Splinter


3.0
good

Review

by H. USER (118 Reviews)
December 4th, 2012 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than Conspiracy, but not the masterpiece that we're looking for.

You want to know the truth? The Offspring's 2000 album Conspiracy of One sucked. It was pure pop-punk garbage, going too soft after Americana established them as a punk juggernaut. Splinter is considerably harder, yet it is also less serious, with some joke tracks sprinkled in.

The best part about the album is how hard it hits. From the one-minute opener, "Neocon", you can see that The Offspring are trying to take this album more seriously, with lyrics like "we will never lose to you" and a big, thumping drum beat. Great songs include "The Noose", which is a great fast, catchy punk tune with great lines like "The future now incinerates before our very eyes/And leaves us with the emptiness of no more tries". "Race Against Myself" is another catchy, fast punk song, this time being about "running a race against [your]self". "Spare Me the Details" is a ska-tinged song about cheating lovers, and is probably the best song on the album. With a catchy chorus, funny lyrics and great drums, it's guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

So, the good songs on the album are mainly fast, catchy punk tunes. What about the bad? To say the least, they're stupid, boring, and just plain silly. After a heavy first half, seventh track "The Worst Hangover Ever" has ska influences and lyrics like "Went out drinking late last night. I had a blast / Well now the morning light has come and kicked my ass". It's supposed to be a fun, relaxing song, and even has a brass section.

The first single, "Hit That", may or may not be a joke track. It also has an annoyingly repetitive brass section, and the song is about teenage pregnancy and sex. The subject matter could be considered serious, but Dexter delivers it with such a happy attitude with lines like "sex is a weapon/It's like a drug". "Da Hui" is nothing but one-and-a-half minutes of Dexter dropping F-bombs about a Hawaiian surfer. Lyrics such as "I won't park next to Da Hui/Because I don't really feel comfortable" let us know that he isn't taking this seriously. One good thing about the song is how hard it hits, even though everyone else is pretty much a joke.

The last track "When You're In Prison" is the biggest flop of the album. It has crackly, old background music reminiscent of 1930's tunes and elevator music. The song is about prison rape, which mentions of "dropping the soap" and "being [some]one's bitch". Once again, all these joke songs negate the hard-hitting catchy punk in the first half.

All the other songs are fairly average. "Long Way Home" and "Never Gonna Find Me" are similar to each other in quality and sound, and they're both pretty solid. "(Can't Get My) Head Around You" is overrated, with Dexter's vocals a little bit nasally in the chorus. "Lightning Rod" is another fast punk song, and I have to say this. All the "average-quality" songs are pretty much the same. If you've heard one, you've heard them all.

So in the end, all the good built up in the first half is negated with the silly joke songs in the second half. And since all the other songs are basically average, so is the album. I don't love it, but then again I don't hate it, because there are some good songs.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChopSuey
December 3rd 2012


2392 Comments


sucked is a great word

VermicideReloadead
December 3rd 2012


1433 Comments


I had a worse opinion about this album when I first came out, I heard that was again and was more enjoyable, still a poor effort by a band that could do it si much better. They are now an average gopu that release a lot of mixed bags.

Cygnatti
December 3rd 2012


21897 Comments


gotta get away from me

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YoYoMancuso
December 3rd 2012


11189 Comments


Okay review, album's not as bad as everyone says it is

Vicho
December 3rd 2012


137 Comments


Better than Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2012


28791 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good record

VermicideReloadead
December 3rd 2012


1433 Comments


Spare me the details is very solid.

OneMoreRoland
December 3rd 2012


1053 Comments


I love Conspiracy of One... But probably a nostalgia thing.

DrGonzo1937
December 4th 2012


6581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love their 90's-early 00's stuff, anything past that is a bit.....average.

Rastapunk
December 4th 2012


764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know, I loved it when it came out and still like it... One of their best post-American album. I think you guys are taking When Your In Prison too seriously... It shouldn't be considered a song, it's a joke ;)

All the songs are average but some are great, at least in my opinion.

Sublime92
December 4th 2012


92 Comments


if this is shit, then y would I do that?

Rastapunk
December 4th 2012


764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do what?

VermicideReloadead
December 4th 2012


1433 Comments


Conspiracy is pretty enjoyable, pure nostalgia, reminds me when I was playing crazy taxi 3.

EvoHavok
December 4th 2012


1482 Comments


I really like "(Can't get my) head around you".

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2012


3483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The thing with Offspring in the past decade is that everyone is focused on those 1 or 2 joke/dumb songs, but rarely on the good ones that make up the bigger part of Splinter, Days Go By and to a lesser extent Rise And Fall.

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Rastapunk
December 4th 2012


764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't like Days Go By though, if you want I made a review on it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2012


3483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find Days Go By better than Rise And Fall. There are some strong songs on Days that have that old-school Offspring feel.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012


20077 Comments


More jokier? Lol

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2012


3483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Splinter is considerably harder, yet it is also more jokier, with a handful of joke tracks as well."

This sentence is wrong. Rewrite it.

greendaydabest
December 22nd 2012


8 Comments


SPLINTER SUCKS.



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