Conspiracy of One - The Offspring
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  1. But as opposed to Blink, which powers straight ahead with scatological juvenility, the Offspring bridges punk with change-ups of metal and traditional rock and brings a more sarcastic wit to its observations of male teen angst.
  2. 'Conspiracy of One' continues very much in the vein of its three high energy predecessors. Dexter Holland still sings as if every muscle in his neck were taut, guitarist Noodles cranks out the rivet gun riffs, the band knows a good hook when it latches onto one, and, in the venerable tradition of the Ramones, nearly every one of its fast paced songs sounds pretty much the same.
  3. The Offspring's hit-making machinery is as efficiently well-oiled as ever. [#3, p.106]
  4. The Offspring once again demonstrate this knack for incorporating flavor-of-the-month flourishes into their sound in tongue-in-cheek fashion.... These embellishments aside, the Offspring hone in on the dyed-in-the-wool cheetah-paced punk that is their true bread and butter. [Jan 2001, p.81]
  5. The Offspring's most musically mature collection to date. The arrangements are tight and don't bore, which is sometimes the case with albums that feature similar-sounding songs.
  6. The Offspring are nothing if not reliable. If you're after jangly guitars riffs, chart-thumping production values and shouty choruses, then the Orange County punk outfit are still very much your guys.
  7. Setting aside the abhorrent "Original Prankster," which plumbs new depths of Yankovic appropriation--and throws in a stupid Rob Schneider sample to boot--the bulk of the album indulges The Offspring's preferable loud-fast-shrill side... Conspiracy Of One's crowd-pleasing novelty idiocy doesn't run much deeper than its single, and while that may disappoint those who enjoyed Americana, it makes it The Offspring's most tolerable record in years.

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  1. Aug 15, 2010
    Phenomenal CD, my personal favorite by the Offspring (barely beating Americana and Smash, but still). There are a good number of songs on this album I would recommend, those songs being "Original Prankster", "Want You Bad", "Million Miles Away", "Damnit, I Changed Again", "One Fine Day", and the 2nd hidden track, "Videos". These are some of the finest works by The Offspring Expand
  2. ChrisS
    Sep 19, 2005
  3. MelyssaK
    Aug 29, 2003
    I love The Offspring and their music. I have most of their CD's, which all play great punk rock music. On my guitar, I've learned about 20 songs. From this CD, tracks 3,4,8,9,11, and various parts from several other songs, so I can isolate just the guitars' music and I can appreciate just how talented Dexter and Noodles really are to be able to think of this music and to be able to play the way they do. All of the songs are fun to play, the music is well written, and the lyrics are witty and humorous and each melody matches its song. If I remember correctly from an online interview with Dexter that I read, he said that each album has it's own style (if I'm wrong, I apologize) so Conspiracy of One is expected to be styled a little different than the others. If all the CD's were exactly the same style, then it would be pretty boring after the third album-but that's not the case with these guys. I say that Smash and Ignition were The Offspring's best albums. I call their style back then "Offspringy." Though their style has changed; perhaps too much (sorry to sound like a hypocrate), I still can't wait for Chinese Democracy's release. I know The Offspring won't disappoint us fans because when it comes to The Offspring, there's just no such thing as "bad music" or a "flunkie album." Expand
  4. RyanD
    Oct 27, 2006
    I hate everyone that says the offspring are fake punk, or there not pop enough, or there not emo enough. I hate to break it to you kids, but the Offspring is an ALTERNATIVE band, something that has been forgoton under years of market pressure and false advertisment, and i hope everyone who is a true fan of this music rembers that. Expand
  5. willien
    Jul 27, 2005
    its pretty tight cd
  6. Oct 27, 2012
    Pretty Good Album. The Tracks Compliment one and other pretty well. Now i thought Original Prankster is the only song i didn't enjoy as much as the others.. I think its ok. But the Rest of the album is Very Good Expand
  7. CharlesA.H.
    Oct 7, 2002
    For the first time in their considerably long career, The Offspring's poppy punk sounds tired and dulled, as if they've officially surrendered to the far inferior juvenalia of Blink-182. Expand

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