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Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace, the eighth studio album from the OC punksters, is an impressive new set of songs from one of rock's most exciting and enduring bands. The Offspring entered the studio with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult) to record 12 new songs culled from the most productive songwriting period in the band's history. This is the band's first full-length studio release in four and a half years, the longest gap between The Offspring's studio albums to date. 'Hammerhead' the 1st single from Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace debuted at #5 on the U.S Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and #18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks respectively. The Offspring has performed over 1000 shows and they have sold more than 34 million albums worldwide, including their 1994 release "Smash," which more than a decade after its release remains the highest-selling album of all time on an independent label.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0018OAPAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Telling people I really like the Offspring isn't something that's easy to do. They have a very solid discography but starting with 1998's Americana it became peppered and eventually nearly saturated with guilty pleasures. There's not really song on 2003's Splinter that you can admit to loving without getting stripped of all "punk credentials". It was something I didn't mind, since I'm the kind of guy who's used to defending his musical taste. But when Hammerhead was released as the first single from the first proper studio effort from the Offspring in five years, something was magical about it. It was lengthy, yes, and a little pretentious in how it was drawn out, but it was a positively rockin' song. It had the adrenaline-pumping riffs, the smart lyrics and the trademark Offspring hook to give me the satisfaction of listening to any of their finest songs without having to worry about how I'm going to defend the record when talking with my music snob compatriots. For once, I was going to buy an Offspring album, crank it up, sing along with the irresistable choruses while the critics and fans backed me up on my emotions 100%, right? Right?

I would be right, if the critics weren't heartless bastards. I won't pretend there's nothing to critique here, but the resounding critical consensus is that the Offspring are "punk veterans" who should "know better" than to have a simple thesis for their album such as "[stuff] is [messed] up", before going on about what a splendid record Smash was.
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I'd rather not condemn Offspring for changing up their musical style. Ever since Ixnay On The Hombre, Offspring have been incorporating non-punk elements into thier music throughout the years and I always thought that it set them apart from other punk bands. I think this is a fine album from the band and better than Splinter. I mean, how can you expect this band to continue to play the same ol' style after 20+ years? I'm glad to hear something different from them. Nothingtown, You're Gonna Go Far Kid, The O.C. Life cover. Great stuff. Am I the only one who thinks that A Lot Like Me sounds like a Linkin Park song? I dont like Linkin Park, so I have to say that Offspring does LP better than they do. The only song I dont care for is Kristi Are You Doing Ok because it sounds too Emo. Bottom Line, if you have stuck with Offspring through the years, then give this album a chance because it is the best one since Americana in my opinion...minus the EMo song that is! Heh.
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I have listened to this album probably a couple dozen times in the last few weeks. On day 1, I would have rated it 3, maybe 4 stars, but most songs that I didn't like immediately have grown on me (with some exceptions). Particularly, the first 5 songs are some of the best work The Offspring has ever done, ever. After that it's slightly spottier, but overall I still find the album worthy of a 5 star rating, barely (maybe a 4.5 rounded up to 5 since Amazon doesn't do half stars).

1. Half-Truism (9.5) Very good album opener. Nice contrast between the fast verses and slower chorus. Bring the album in with a bang.
2. Trust In You (9) Another very solid song VERY old school Offspring. Gotta love that fast palm muting (not enough of that on this album).
3. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid (10) This one didn't win me over on first listen, but after a few more listens I can't get this out of my head. Very catchy, sort of mainstream sounding, but still very Offspring. If this does in fact end up being the second single, it's an EXCELLENT choice, as I think this song will satisfy the mainstream and the hardcore fans like nothing has since The Kids Aren't Alright.
4. Hammerhead (8.5) Solid song. I like the strength of the riffs; heavier than a lot of their stuff. Not a bad choice for the first single.
5. A Lot Like Me (10) This doesn't sound like most of their other stuff. Maybe reminds me of Gone Away in some respects. The intro with the piano, meh, sounds a little like it's gonna be a Coldplay song (Coldplay is whorendous). But I can overlook that small complaint which only applies to the first 5 seconds of the song because this song is unbelievable. Dexter's vocals are outstanding, and the song just seems to have a huge amount of power (even with the piano).
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When you look at the most successful albums of The Offspring's career to this point, Smash, and Americana stand head and shoulders above the rest. When you look at the enduring quality of their songs, Ignition and Smash have among the best. Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, may not be the juggernaut that was Smash, I'm sure The Offspring's decline in popularity over the years will see to that.

But their newest album is definitely among their very best.

The Offspring have shown a return to their roots in violent lyrics and outrage, but they've also shown a maturity that's never been seen before either, at least not to this extent.

Hammerhead may be their first single, but already I can tell you it's their worst by far, and that's not a slight against Hammerhead, rather a compliment to the rest of the album. Half-Truism, You're Gonna Go Far Kid, and Kristy Are You Doing Okay?, are three standout songs on this album that will sit along side songs like Genocide, Smash, Kick Him When He's Down, and Gone Away as some of the very best the band has ever written.

Kristy, Are You Doing Okay? in particular shows a maturity and retrospective that's really touching. Very different in feel and sound than anything The Offspring has done. After having just listened to Jennifer Lost The War, it really brings out the sadness of this song. The concern and sorrow expressed by Dexter is truly moving. I hope they make this song a single, because it's probably the best song they've ever written.

This will be a defining album in The Offspring's career.

After having read some of the other reviews I'm wondering if they've ever listening to The Offspring's first album, and heard songs like Jennifer Lost The War, and Beheaded.
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