The Offspring have been around longer than about 90% of their fan base has been alive. This means that the act has been together since 1984, and â€œRise and Fall, Rage and Graceâ€ shows off a maturity that befits a band that is on their eighth studio album. The album follows from â€œSplinterâ€ in that all four recording members of the band â€“ Dexter Holland, Noodles, Greg K and session member Josh Freese, recorded on â€œRise and Fall, Rage and Graceâ€. â€œYouâ€™re Gonna Go Far Kidâ€ is an early hit for The Offspring, showing a more heavy and emotional version of the band that has crafted hit after hit in the punk genre.
Where producer Bob Rock was single-handedly responsible for destroying Metallica, the smoother style of the tracks on â€œRise and Fall, Rage and Graceâ€ follow well from the precedent crafted during â€œSplinterâ€ and â€œAmericanaâ€. â€œHammerheadâ€ is the first single on the track, and aside from the driving drum beat, the band seems to be adopting a heavier approach to things. In that sense, the song sounds like â€œTehranâ€/â€Baghdadâ€, and when listeners take it along with â€œYouâ€™re Gonna Go Far Kidâ€, understand that â€œRise and Fallâ€ is an album that touches all bases. The bandâ€™s lyrics have not softened up in the years since the bandâ€™s foundation: Holland discusses school shootings throughout the trackâ€™s runtime. â€œRise and Fallâ€ is the discâ€™s concluding track and acts as a great conclusion. Hints of Green Dayâ€™s â€œAmerican Idiotâ€ come through on the trackâ€™s guitar and bass lines, where Dexterâ€™s vocals operate as the anchor the keeps the overall sound rooted in the Offspring mythos.
The band took the longest time between albums that they have ever taken, and the end result in â€œRise and Fall, Rage and Graceâ€ is a well-polished album that is full of single-worthy tracks. Try to make it a point to see The Offspring whenever they come around your area. This may be a harder feat than individuals may think, as the dates that come forth on their web site are pretty much Japan-only. Regardless, the twelve cuts on this album will keep good company for individuals until that time. If you would like to see how Offspring have evolved in the years since â€œSplinterâ€, â€œRise and Fall, Rage and Graceâ€ is the album that you have to pick up.
Top Tracks: Takes Me Nowhere, Kristy, Are You Doing Okay
The Offspring â€“ Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace / 2008 Columbia / 12 Tracks / http://www.offspring.com / http://www.columbiarecords.com /