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  • Summary: The first album in over four years for the California punk band was produced by Bob Rock.
Score distribution:
  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. The patchwork of styles thrown around here distracts you from the album's strengths.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
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    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]
  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: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    This was the first offspring album I listened to and it is also my favorite. It has my favorite Offspring song: You're Gonna Go Far Kid. ThisThis was the first offspring album I listened to and it is also my favorite. It has my favorite Offspring song: You're Gonna Go Far Kid. This also has Half-Truism and Trust in You. It has the best music in all of the Offspring's music I also have an honorable mention that is in the album Days Go By: Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing and Rides The Bomb To Hell. But it is definitely without a doubt my favorite Offspring album Expand
  2. YoamM.
    Jun 21, 2008
    10
    Their best album to date.
  3. EduardoC.
    Aug 6, 2008
    10
    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 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. ReviewerX
    Jun 19, 2008
    8
    Not their best, but certainly an interesting album. The first four songs are classic Offspring at their finest but then it starts to falter. Not their best, but certainly an interesting album. The first four songs are classic Offspring at their finest but then it starts to falter. I'm all for their experimenting and trying new things but when those new things are just ripping off today's popular pop-punk bands, well... yeah. Still well worth a listen, especially the beginning of the album if you're an Offspring fan. Expand
  5. OknD
    Sep 18, 2009
    8
    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. Jan 13, 2013
    5
    The usual topics of punk rock songs: drugs, bad politics, how messed up "stuff" is, or breaking up with a girl. They don't reinvent the genreThe usual topics of punk rock songs: drugs, bad politics, how messed up "stuff" is, or breaking up with a girl. They don't reinvent the genre and partly, the riffs and the lyrics aren't even new. Anyway, it's their best album ever and I'd take out 4 songs that I can really enjoy. But the record is no big deal with its sometimes silly lyrics, bad voice of the lead singer and the montony which gets heavier and heavier by the end. Expand
  7. DavidL.
    Jun 19, 2008
    0
    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 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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