Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

The Offspring - primarily Dexter Holland and Noodles Wasserman is a west coast punk band that has achieved mainstream success consistently since the mid 1980s. The band's latest outing, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, is in my opinion, one of their strongest records. This is the Offspring in full force, harking back to the a lot of the earlier work. There is no goofy stuff here. The songs are urgent, well thought out and frankly, good.

Frantic guitar playing, staccato drumming, catchy hooks, a driving riffs basically fill the record. These are not simplistic 3 chord punk songs, but really much better arrangements. There is variety of urgency, mood and tone.

The highlight of the album is Hammerhead - an anti war song sung from the point of view of a soldier. The Offspring avoid cliches and simplistic lyrics instead opting for more creative ways to get their point across. The breakdown in Hammerhead is rock and roll genius - it's not complicated - just good.

If you like good punk, and the Offspring, then this is a must have record.


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