Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2008
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic 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. 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. The patchwork of styles thrown around here distracts you from the album's strengths.
  4. Sounding closer to their more earnest Smash days, the songs are snappy to-the-point SoCal punk, albeit with a more polished sheen.
  5. 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.
  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. Uncut
    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]
  8. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. MislavF.
    Aug 12, 2008
    5
    This album sounds like a mishmash of their previous styles with a bit of more modern stuff. It isn't bad, but it's fairly This album sounds like a mishmash of their previous styles with a bit of more modern stuff. It isn't bad, but it's fairly unoriginal and quite forgettable. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2015
    7
    To be honest, I can say that I was a fan of almost all the songs in this album. However, compared to their previous work it just doesn't quiteTo be honest, I can say that I was a fan of almost all the songs in this album. However, compared to their previous work it just doesn't quite add up. If you only can get a few songs though, I recommend You're Gonna Go Far Kid, Rise & Fall, and Stuff Is Messed Up. Full Review »
  3. 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 Full Review »