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Americana [Vinyl]

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Have You Ever
  2. Staring at the Sun
  3. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
  4. The Kids Aren't Alright
  5. Feelings
  6. She's Got Issues
  7. Walla Walla
  8. The End of the Line
  9. No Brakes
  10. Why Don't You Get a Job?
  11. Americana
  12. Pay the Man


Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000GE75
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Almost 15 years later, the press still doesn't know what to make of The Offspring's magnum opus. Every now and then it pops up on a magazine's "Best Of" list, but it will probably never get the critical recognition that it deserves. In a way, it makes sense. The 1990's was a bizarre decade with more in common with the 50's and 60's than it has with the 2000's and 2010's. In that sense, it remains a record that, despite sounding modern, exists out of time.

With the exception of their initial breakthrough with SMASH, The Offspring has always got a bad rap for one reason or another. Being commercially successful immediately casts off any punk or indie credibility. Not only that, no less than one half of their roster (Dexter and Greg K.) could have quit their jobs as musicians at any time and fallen back on a "real job", given their outstanding academic and professional pedigrees. Finally, there was plenty of pop to go along with the punk and rock on Americana. All these ingredients add up to poison for many of the folks who dole out the street cred.

Dexter summed the record up pretty well in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle back in 1998: "The songs on Americana aren't condemnations, they're short stories about the state of things and what we see going on around us. We want to expose the darker side of our culture. It may look like an episode of Happy Days out there in America, but it feels more like Twin Peaks." I couldn't have put it better myself - this decade was one typified false pretenses and forced smiles.

"The truth about the world is that crime does pay," Dexter says in the second half of the mini-suite "Have You Ever". As Shakespeare said, brevity is the soul of wit.
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Anyone who loves rock should get this CD. When I bought it, the only songs on it that i knew were Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) and i had only heard Why Dont You Get a Job once. Now, about a ten months later, i love every song on it. Its probably one of the best CD purchases i ever made.
BUY THIS CD!
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Sometimes in life we listen to albums which rise in our respect and reach great levels of liking. We appreciate them and wish they always are respected by everyone around. Americana is nothing like this. It is a salute to music in its own wierd form of a straight fisted NO APOLOGY attitude.

Its energy that comes not from youth but from life. Eddie Vedder was only partially correct when he said ALL THATS SACRED COMES FROM YOUTH.Americana is the true total sum of the feeling of punk , inspiration , pent up anger and love.....

Way back when it came out , I purchased this record with a view to buy something worthwhile.You can say it was my first ROCK album. Did it Rock? Not! Did I Headbang? Not! DId I fly? HELL YEAH!

The Album starts with a polite welcome which leans into HAVE YOU EVER which makes you think you've entered a room as such which the lyrics speak about."Staring at the sun" starts just when you think you're still but your mind and heart is pacing faster than ever."PRetty Fly.." Is something you can choose to love or hate but it will always be there, "Kids arent alright" is something that totally seems to heat things up and its a song a lot of NON OFFSPRING FANS appreciate too. Someone said "Feelings" was a filler.I think its a decent tune all the same."Shes Got Issues" Is just about as catchy as they come. Its a great funny song we all can relate to sometime in our lives.Track 8,9 carry on NO BRAKES which is a great straight out energy filled track."why dont you get a job?" is the reason I purchased this CD. "Americana" Is simply awesome with its brute and energy topped riffs.

Pay the man is something I choose to dedicate a paragraph too.
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First, I shake my head at those who label this pop and therefore won't listen to it. Stylistically, yes, perhaps our Orange County boys have changed a bit, taken a bit less of an angry young man approach, but they've replaced it with wit and depth. It's too easy for an album to complain, it's another thing entirely to make you think, while still pumping out punk in a day when punk is on a respirator and Dexter and Co. not only provide but provide with style. Maturity has served them well and this album is an all-time favorite with me, equal to Smash and Ixnay any day.
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I should have bought this cd years ago and I plan on buying the rest of their albums soon.
The case came without the cover, that was disappointing, but it was used. As long as the cd works that's what matters.
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Bought this album when it first came out and now the digital download. It's raw and crude but the lyrics are more thoughtful about real life situations than you might believe. Give a few of the songs a chance and I think you'll be surprised.
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I mainly bought this for the 4 hit songs "Pretty Fly for a White Guy", "Why don't You Get A Job?", "The Kids Aren't Alright", & "Shes Got Issues", which are all great songs, and a few other good ones include Americana, Staring at the Sun, and Pay the Man. It also does something cool when u put it in the computer. But seriously, if u just got into the Offspring and are looking for this album, get one of their older albums first, like Smash, Ignition, & Ixnay on the Hombre, or their hard-to-find self-titled debut. Still this is good, but if I had to choose between this and Smash, Smash would definitely be it.
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