Splinter The Offspring seem like two different bands: One's a passel of punk rockers specializing in gallop-tempo anthems; the other's a bunch of wiseasses who traffic… Splinter The Offspring seem like two different bands: One's a passel of punk rockers specializing in gallop-tempo anthems; the other's a bunch of wiseasses who traffic… 2003-12-02 The Offspring Rock
Music Review

Splinter (2003)

Greg Kriesel, Dexter Holland, ... | PLAYFUL PUNKS ''Splinter'' could stand to have more of the Offspring's trademark clever novelty rock
PLAYFUL PUNKS ''Splinter'' could stand to have more of the Offspring's trademark clever novelty rock
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Dec 02, 2003; Lead Performance: The Offspring; Genre: Rock

The Offspring seem like two different bands: One's a passel of punk rockers specializing in gallop-tempo anthems; the other's a bunch of wiseasses who traffic in clever novelty-rock tunes. In the second incarnation, they're pretty fly, but when they play it straight they sound too much like, well, white guys. Splinter, album No. 7 from these Left Coasters, features a few snarky belly busters, like ''The Worst Hangover Ever'' and ''When You're in Prison,'' and rather too much of the straight-ahead stuff. Sure, the Offspring pack a lot of punch, but you sorta find yourself wishing they'd give birth to a pure comedy CD just once.

Originally posted Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints
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