Ixnay on the Hombre

CD Cover The Offspring

Review by Gisele Grignet

45-second excerpt from "The Meaning of Life" (various formats)

This is a pretty cool album. The Offspring have delivered a record that will definitely feed their starving fans while keeping their critics in line. There are lots of punchy power riffs very reminiscent of their last album. Sure, there are a couple of surprises, too, to be sure (No, I won't say -- buy it and find out!), but overall this is an album that should quench the thirst of the diehard fan. The packaging is really cool, too, with lots of neato illustrations that remind me of those turn-of-the-century, horribly-misled medical books.

The only song on the record that raised my eyebrows was the big single, "Gone Away." It's a little too MTV, what with the video and the new look and all. But, hey, if you like these guys, you'll find the rest of the record makes up for it in spades. I give it a big thumbs-up.

First published in Drop-D Magazine on August 16, 1997

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