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The Offspring 11/17/1998

Review

With integrity intact and a hearty combination of poppy punk and wit throughout, the Offspring's fifth album is a raucous ride through America as seen through the eyes of a weary, but still optimistic, young kid. Riffs on political correctness, '70s radio fodder, and suburban disquiet are spread thick on Americana. If the band's targets seem a bit simple and predictable, its music rarely is. The SoCal roots aren't played to a fault, the blend of salsa and alterna-rock sounds natural, and the Offspring pretty much laugh at their culture, as well as themselves, the entire time. Best track is "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," which manages to bridge Def Leppard and Latin hip-hop (and the musical timeline they represent) and, in the process, disrobes Middle America's average white teen's quick fascination with and instant disposability of a once-regional heritage. With Americana, the Offspring are merely contributing their part. ~ Michael Gallucci
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Welcome The Offspring 0:10
  3. 2 Have You Ever The Offspring 3:57
  4. 3 Staring at the Sun The Offspring 2:13
  5. 4 Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) The Offspring 3:6
  6. 5 The Kids Aren't Alright The Offspring 2:59
  7. 6 Feelings The Offspring 2:49
  8. 7 She's Got Issues The Offspring 3:48
  9. 8 Walla Walla The Offspring 2:55
  10. 9 The End of the Line The Offspring 3:2
  11. 10 No Brakes The Offspring 2:2
  12. 11 Why Don't You Get a Job? The Offspring 2:52
  13. 12 Americana The Offspring 3:13
  14. 13 Pay the Man The Offspring 8:9
  15. 14 Pretty Fly (Reprise) The Offspring 1:3

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