The Offspring
Conspiracy of One


2.5
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Review

by H. USER (119 Reviews)
January 20th, 2013 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a conspiracy, indeed

After The Offspring released Americana in 1998, it was clear that they were moving into a poppier direction. That album proved that The Offspring could still be decent without their hard punk influences. However, their follow-up album, Conspiracy of One, has us wondering why the hell they decided to take the pop route in the first place.

If you don't believe me, look no further than the first two singles, "Original Prankster" and "Want You Bad". The former is a guilty pleasure of many, but not one of mine. It features rapper Redman in the chorus, and has frontman Dexter Holland rapping on the verses, too. Meanwhile, the latter highlights the "pop" in pop-punk, as it is one of the softest songs the band has ever written. Dexter's vocals sound extra nasally on this track, too, and the lyrics, as different as they are from the rest of the band's discography, are mediocre. The track is about how Dexter wants his girl to be a kinky, tattooed, bad girl, and it's just not sincere enough for me to take seriously.

"Special Delivery" gets annoying within the first 30 seconds, as Dexter's vocals coupled with the sub-par beat equals the worst song on the album. "Living in Chaos" is also annoying, and unfocused on what it wants to be. "All Along" is similar to "So Alone" from Smash, as they're both short, fast songs that feel like they were chucked onto the album a day before release. It's not a bad song, but it could have been better if it was longer and had more time to expand its thoughts.

Thankfully, The Offspring still know how to make great songs, as evidenced by third single, "Million Miles Away", my favorite on the album. It's fast, sports a great riff, and excellent lyrics. "One Fine Day" is an energetic and fast tune about the perfect day, and "Denial, Revisited" is the only good poppy song from the album, being a ballad about a doomed relationship.
"Come Out Swinging" is a perfect opener, and the title track makes for a great closer.

In the end, Conspiracy of One falls nothing short of average. There are some great, fast punk tunes, but the poppier songs are just horrible. Some of the guitar riffs seem recycled from previous albums, and Dexter's vocals can get a little too whiny at some places. The album does have a wide range of songs, from the fast "Million Miles Away" to the slow "Denial, Revisited", but the middle of the album is mediocre and slows down the record. One can only help if this album was an inside job done purposely by The Offspring to sabotage their careers.

Of course not. Conspiracy of One is just simply The Offspring's poppiest record, and I'll leave it at that.



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Green Baron
January 19th 2013


20346 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Insert obligatory "haha username sux" comment here.


sixdegrees
January 19th 2013


17740 Comments


you really brought it on yourself

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demigod!
January 19th 2013


45270 Comments


this is when they started goin downhill

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Gwyn.
January 19th 2013


15327 Comments


haha username sux

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 19th 2013


20165 Comments


A worse version of Americana but some fun songs

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auberginedreams
January 19th 2013


6077 Comments


you know it smells like shit god damn

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bach
January 19th 2013


13168 Comments


Anything besides Smash isn't worth the time.

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demigod!
January 19th 2013


45270 Comments


lies

bach
January 19th 2013


13168 Comments


Well, in my opinion. The Offspring have always annoyed me beyond my belief.

demigod!
January 19th 2013


45270 Comments


Ixney rules, and Americana has some super fun and hilarious pop punk jams

but i have nostalgia, used to listen to these guys a lot on high school

bach
January 19th 2013


13168 Comments


I used to listen to Smash quite a bit on Middle school. My rating for Smash is a 4. I might lower it. idk

demigod!
January 19th 2013


45270 Comments


idk i've always loved them. so light-hearted, fun and energetic

well until this and things started goin down the shitter

bach
January 19th 2013


13168 Comments


My friend really likes their newest album. I was like "You must not have California Cruisin', then.

demigod!
January 19th 2013


45270 Comments


listening to new Offspring is just a bad idea. Rise and Fall had some sweet songs on it though, Hammerhead rocks

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


20165 Comments


Smash is a 5

demigod!
January 20th 2013


45270 Comments


not for me but it does rule

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


20165 Comments


Well in my opinion it is and yeah ixnay rules it's at least s 4

demigod!
January 20th 2013


45270 Comments


Americana is great fun too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


20165 Comments


The kids arent alright will always rule

demigod!
January 20th 2013


45270 Comments


staring at the sun has always been a favourite too



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