The Offspring
Smash


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
June 18th, 2013 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Albums In My Car Review Series: Part 1 - Smash

The first thing to note about Smash is that everyone in the 90s had this album, I mean it's the highest selling independent album of all time for crying out loud. So it comes as no surprise that my parents had this record, and I heard it in passing a lot in my childhood. I eventually ransacked my parents' record collection and decided to give it a proper spin when I got tired of listening to nothing but pop-punk and Linkin Park. Smash is a pretty important album in the development of my musical taste as punk rock to me at that point in my life was made up of whiny vocals, angsty lyrics, and upbeat, melodious guitar chords. I was jamming Blink-182, Green Day, and Sum 41 in elementary school, but little did I know, a hard rocking punk album by the name of Smash would come along and put me on the right track in my musical development.

The Offspring rode on the wave of success brought about by bands like Green Day and Rancid, but they had a harder edge to them and were much more talented at their instruments. The Offspring started off as a melodic hardcore band, but began incorporating hard rock and grunge elements into their music on their sophomore release Ignition. They perfected this sound on Smash, a runaway mainstream hit that was propelled by tons of airplay from Los Angeles' premiere radio station KROQ, and Smash's three singles "Come Out and Play," "Self Esteem," and "Gotta Get Away." With Smash, The Offspring proved that a band could rock hard, appeal to a wide audience while still retaining hardcore fans, and be poppy without being too poppy.

Smash is a record that is very much separated by its two halves. The first half of Smash contains all the singles starting off with "Gotta Get Away," a grunge influenced track with off and on palm mute guitar stylings and gruff vocals that set it apart a bit from the other two singles. Next on deck is "Come Out and Play," whose famous middle eastern inspired riff and lyrics about gang violence captured the hearts of rock fans all over the spectrum. Lastly, the instant classic sing-along-whenever-it's-on-the-radio-in-your-car anthem "Self Esteem" was a major crossover hit and helped Smash sell over 12 million records. The rest of the tracks are grunge influenced tunes with crushing chords and riffs that make the first half a hard rocking affair that appealed more to mainstream rock fans.

From the first notes of "It'll Be a Long Time," it's clear that the second half of Smash is quite different from the first half. From the hardcore punk Didjits cover "Killboy Powerhead," to the ska-punk "What Happened To You," to the final two tracks, the experimental "Not The One" and the hard hitting title track, the second half of Smash has The Offsrping going back to their roots and exploring their punk rock sound that would unfortunately be lost for the most part and subsequent records.

Although Smash has very two distinct halves, and The Offspring manage to keep both sides equally engaging and consistent, while allowing them to flow into each other seamlessly as well. Not a lot of records could pull off what Smash did: explore a mainstream sound while still maintain its underground roots, and with its standout singles, lack of filler, and crossover appeal it's easy to see why it sold so many records and become an essential 90s rock album.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


50408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OK so I can't plug my ipod into my car so I broke out my CD collection which is stuff I bought from elementary school up to like 10th grade, and as I've been nostalgaing hard to these old records, I thought I should review the ones that stick out to me as still being relevant and great.

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review the albums that are utter dogshit now

Green Baron
June 17th 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't give a fuck if it's good enough for you! I'm not a trendy asshole!

was just gonna review this, damn

Chortles
June 17th 2013


17959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good record

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


50408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got scenecore CDs galore so I probably will

Green Baron
June 17th 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't give a fuck if it's good enough for you! I'm not a trendy asshole!

was just gonna review this, damn

demigod!
June 17th 2013


44464 Comments


HEEEEY

MAN YOU DISRESPECTING ME

TAKE EM OUT

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


50408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bad Habit is the ultimate driving song

Dromasta
June 17th 2013


85 Comments


Dude I grew up listening to the same music. The Offspring was my favorite band for so long. Good
review, awesome album. Totally agree on Bad Habit by the way was just rockin' that shit in the car
cruisin with my buds the other day. It fuels my rage!

Cygnatti
June 17th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't got white parents so I never heard any music when I was little except super cheesy 80s new wave, and the radio.

the good stuff was only ever on the radio too.

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Dromasta
June 17th 2013


85 Comments


Wish i could say that about radio these days :/

Cygnatti
June 17th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it was only occasionally that the good stuff would be on the radio. we listened to the same two stations for years and years. luckily, that station focused on a good variety of stuff.

Dromasta
June 17th 2013


85 Comments


That's straight at least I can't imagine a life without music man. I can't even listen to that shit anymore even rock sucks now.

Spec
June 17th 2013


27173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bad Habit is the ultimate driving song.

InbredJed
June 17th 2013


5905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

weeellll IIIII KNOWWOWWW I should say No

But, its kinda hard when she's ready to go!

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2013


19759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cool review man album is the tits

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SCREAMorphine
June 18th 2013


1752 Comments


That was a good read.
Nice review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2013


50408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you

EvoHavok
June 18th 2013


1384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, great review!

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KILL
June 18th 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet



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