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. Sounding closer to their more earnest Smash days, the songs are snappy to-the-point SoCal punk, albeit with a more polished sheen.
  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 patchwork of styles thrown around here distracts you from the album's strengths.
  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. 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]
  7. 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.
  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 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  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 unoriginal and quite forgettable. Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2013
    3
    While this album has a few fun moments it's outbalanced by dull ones. It just seems that Dexter Holland has an inability to write a pop song that doesn't get tedious or boring. And that's not to say that he can't write a decent song. Check out The Offspring's 1989 track 'Beheaded' as a true example of what Mr. Holland is capable of. Clearly, The Offspring are in the wrong genre of music. The only song on the album where I felt interested was on 'Hammerhead' and it's actually a great song. It's just a shame there weren't more like it.
    We need more Hammerhead and less You're Gonna Go Far Kid...
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  3. 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 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. Full Review »