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  • Summary: The first album in over four years for the California punk band was produced by Bob Rock.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The album tends to sag in the middle, and as for those gentler moments, well, one for two isn't bad ('Kristi, Are You Doing Okay?' is OK).
  2. There are potent moments like the rise-and-fall ballad 'Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?' and the fierce 'Nothingtown,' but 'Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace' sounds more like a tentative step in the Offspring's new direction.
  3. Sounding closer to their more earnest Smash days, the songs are snappy to-the-point SoCal punk, albeit with a more polished sheen.
  4. The album's latter half contains some welcome pop moments--'Nothingtown' and 'Let's Hear It for Rock Bottom' make going nowhere in life sound like hot fun--but the standout melodies often take a back seat to the diatribes, and Holland doesn't back up his disaffection with many good reasons to rally behind him.
  5. 40
    Five years in gestation, these revved-up anthems are fuctional enough, but none have the catchy ska-punk bounce of the band's late 1990s commercial peak. [Sep 2008, p.99]
  6. It's not that the Offspring sound behind the times on their eighth album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace--it's that they sound disconnected from it.
  7. This misguided eagerness to please is endemic throughout the album’s 12 tracks, from the appropriation of other artists’ styles (the chunky riffing and brutish vocals of ‘Hammerhead’ are reminiscent of Dave Grohl, while closer ‘Rage And Grace’ is a transparent attempt to recreate the vitality of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’) to Holland’s equally unrelatable lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Leon
    Oct 4, 2009
  2. BillG.
    Jun 22, 2008
    I personally love the album. It is easy to follow and has a great beat. My personal favorites are Your Gonna Go Far Kid, Lets Hear it For Rock Bottom, Nothingtown, and actually all the rest i love to. The only one that I don't like that much is fix you. Kinda dry and boring. But i think it is a great album. Expand
  3. EduardoC.
    Aug 6, 2008
    One of they're best albums for sure. Containing elements from both Smash and Conspiracy of one, making it i believe the best, if not one of the best albums they have made up to date. Expand
  4. KoraxN.
    Jun 21, 2008
    Good return and a good mix of styles, since the power punk of Smash to ballads similar to Gree Days "wake me up when september ends". Nice.
  5. OknD
    Sep 18, 2009
    I like this album. Pretty good. Especially Trust in You, Half Truism, You're gonna go far kid, Kristy are you doing okay? O.C Life.
  6. Andrea
    Aug 4, 2009
    Better than Splinter, but not as good as their old stuff.
  7. DavidL.
    Jun 19, 2008
    Horrid, to sum it up. Hammerhead was the best song but it can't save most of the rest of the album from its shame. Fix you is honestly one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life. Expand

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