• Record Label: Vice
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. May 9, 2012
    90
    Definitely an album that's worth listening to on repeat, not only out of necessity, but because it's a refreshingly simple, straightforward album in an increasingly processed and affected era.
  2. 80
    Off! is ferocious and unforgiving. [Jun 2012, p.76]
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    These 16 songs in 16 minutes are a lean demonstration of hardcore punk purity that only lacks memorable songs.
  4. May 14, 2012
    70
    It's remarkable how purist a reenactment of three-decades-old LA hardcore this record is.
  5. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of unvarnished punk should listen to OFF! at least once.
  6. May 7, 2012
    75
    The album blurs past in less than 16 minutes and then demands to be played again.
  7. May 10, 2012
    80
    OFF! is like a perfectly executed kickflip: over before you know it, but immensely satisfying.
  8. 80
    OFF! is the godfather of hardcore punk churning out another stellar example of the genre at its peak, an album that kicks ass musically, confronts the listener lyrically, and then kicks ass again.
  9. May 15, 2012
    80
    Even though their singer will soon be pushing 60, it's clear these guys haven't run out of things to say. Or shout.
  10. May 8, 2012
    78
    Old age should be so much fun.
  11. May 21, 2012
    40
    In the larger context of the lack of musical progression and creative imagination, the inertia that is Off!'s modus operandi is nothing less than depressing. [5 May 3012, p.53]
  12. 88
    This is Los Angeles hard-core. Long may it rule.
  13. May 30, 2012
    80
    Morris sounds even more infuriated than he did 34 years ago on Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown. [No.87 p.57]
  14. Jun 25, 2012
    80
    Whether it improves on 2010's First Four EPs compilation is debateable. But as Morris would doubtless observe, 'progress' is but a bourgeois vanity. [Jul 2012, p.85]
  15. It's a bolshie, unapologetic barrage of electroshock rock'n'roll that's as snarlingly pissed off as it is inanely entertaining.
  16. May 10, 2012
    70
    OFF! is packed with fun little references that make its place out of time all the more fun, and when the band can write head-thrashing, body-moshing rockers with gut-wrenching images, it's all the more reason to take a quarter hour out of your day to vent.
  17. May 8, 2012
    76
    Fortunately, they're still pushing energy and concision: OFF! is 16 songs in 16 white-knuckle minutes.
  18. May 10, 2012
    71
    While OFF! may not have the shock of the new (or, at least, the revitalized) on its side, it still gets in, gets angry, and gets moving in a skull-crackingly satisfying fashion.
  19. May 10, 2012
    70
    This album, and band, succeeds because it doesn't claim to be any more than it is, and while its ambitions may be low, its execution is brilliant and its insights – even if it doesn't probe them – are sharp all the way through.
  20. May 8, 2012
    85
    They act as a constant reminder of the power of music that isn't afraid to be ugly, blunt, and confrontational.
  21. Aug 1, 2012
    60
    It's relentless, totally one-paced, but somehow oddly refreshing. [Aug 2012, p.105]
  22. May 8, 2012
    70
    Morris, one of L.A.'s crustiest punks, and his similarly ripe crew manage a neat trick, sounding like hopped-up young men as they bash out 16 buzz-saw-and-brimstone tracks in as many minutes.
  23. May 8, 2012
    83
    Off! makes up for its self-serving petulance with sharp songwriting and pure, crusty potency.
  24. 63
    The only (and major) downside to the record is how it contains no standout tracks or surprising twists if you're already into Reagan-era hardcore.
  25. May 17, 2012
    60
    Even with a brisk run-through of 16 tracks in just over 15 minutes, what should sound like a sprint comes across as a leisurely jog.
  26. 80
    The Off! songs are tighter and often shorter; this record reflects fast, concentrated work.
  27. May 18, 2012
    80
    This is an album that knows just how toxically repellent it is and it's this self-assured ferocity that makes for such an enjoyable whirlwind of a listen.
  28. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    Their combination of riff and sneering recalling at times the strut of Raw Power Stooges. [Jul 2012, p.79]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 11, 2012
    8
    at 16 minutes, it took me longer to read the wordy pitchfork review than listen to this album. but it's really good. after listening to soat 16 minutes, it took me longer to read the wordy pitchfork review than listen to this album. but it's really good. after listening to so many bands try to recapture poppy punk albums, something crusty and nostalgic like this album is refreshing. Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2012
    8
    This album is so good. Refreshing, unique structure, everything. I only wish some of the songs were longer so that I could experience more ofThis album is so good. Refreshing, unique structure, everything. I only wish some of the songs were longer so that I could experience more of the rage that is so obviously on display here. Full Review »