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Album Review

The Offspring may have been a product of the Southern California hardcore scene, but their instincts have always been more metal than punk. Their guitars plod along with a heavy backbeat, and even their speedier numbers are weighed down by clumsy riffs, which is evident on Ixnay on the Hombre, the follow-up to the group's unexpected hit Smash. Despite Jello Biafra's opening assertion of the Offspring's punk credentials, Ixnay on the Hombre sounds like a competent hard rock band trying to hitch themselves to the post-grunge bandwagon. The riffs don't have hooks, and Dexter Holland yelps his vocals tunelessly. Of course, much hardcore followed this formula, but it got by on its self-righteousness and visceral forward force. Since the Offspring slow down the tempo of hardcore, it doesn't have either the undiluted rage of hardcore or the four-on-the-floor groove of hard rock. Also, they haven't come up with a ridiculous hook on the level of "Come Out and Play" or "Self Esteem," which leaves Ixnay on the Hombre as a tedious, turgid mess of anemic punk metal.

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This album is produced very well first of all. Next, I personally feel like it's one of the most solid albums from the band all the way through. You have Smash, which is so original and fast. It's definitely an all time great. This though takes what they originated from and expands on it in many directions. You get that west coast feel here more than ever. The melodies are darker. In fact, they blatantly reused one Riff to make a new song, "Change the World". This is one of their best songs in my opinion. It just all comes down to preference. I just enjoy how this album keeps a dark undertone while at times giving an uneasy, happy vibe. Also, there is more structure to most of the songs on the album. A perfect example of a song to describe what I just said would be "I Choose". Listen to that Riff, and then listen to how up beat it sounds, listen to the drums and the west coast surfer/beach feel it gives you. Then listen to the lyrics. Hopefully you'll see what I mean. Hope this helps get this awesome album a rating and also helps someone make a good decision.


Formed: 1985 in Garden Grove, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Offspring's metal-inflected punk became a popular sensation in 1994, selling over four million albums on an independent record label. While the group's credentials and approach follow the indie rock tradition of the '80s, sonically the Offspring sound more like an edgy, hard-driving heavy metal band, with their precise, pulsing power chords and Dexter Holland's flat vocals. Featuring Holland, guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, bassist Greg Kriesel, and drummer Ron Welty, the Offspring released...
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Ixnay on the Hombre, The Offspring
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Punk, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Sep 17, 1996
  • Parental Advisory

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