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Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

On first glance of just the artwork you’d think that “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” would be a different Offspring album and it’s most serious album yet. That’s half true. This is definitely The Offspring’s most serious album covering some serious issues with President Bush but it really doesn’t hit home for a band that has hits called “Hit That”, “Spare Me The Details”, “Want You Bad”, and “Pretty Fly for a White Guy.” At this point everybody’s preaching to the choir about Bush, the economy, the war, oil, everybody is sick of it, but hopefully with a new President it will change. Political songs and albums aren’t bad, perhaps things are just oversaturated enough that it’s not a good idea to make that the main focus of every album that comes out. As far as this being a different Offspring album, it’s definitely not. These guys (like Goldfinger) sound the exact same now as they did 15 years ago, and while it’s not a bad thing, it makes their newer work hard to overpower their older work. “Smash” remains a defining punk album if only for its success. “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” isn’t “Smash”, this is harder-edged stuff for the most part which is a good to see them away from their recent pop singles. This isn’t a bad album but it’s not the best in these guys’ catalog.


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