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Ixnay on the Hombre

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The Offspring 24//1997

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Disclaimer The Offspring 0:44
  3. 2 The Meaning of Life The Offspring 2:55
  4. 3 Mota The Offspring 2:56
  5. 4 Me & My Old Lady The Offspring 4:31
  6. 5 Cool to Hate The Offspring 2:47
  7. 6 Leave It Behind The Offspring 1:56
  8. 7 Gone Away The Offspring 4:27
  9. 8 I Choose The Offspring 3:53
  10. 9 Intermission The Offspring 0:48
  11. 10 All I Want The Offspring 1:53
  12. 11 Way Down the Line The Offspring 2:35
  13. 12 Don't Pick It Up The Offspring 1:52
  14. 13 Amazed The Offspring 4:25
  15. 14 Change the World The Offspring 6:23

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