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The Offspring, Days Go By
Columbia Records, June 26

06/21/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Look at that look on your face — that’s right, “Come Out and Play” came out in 1994, and yes, that explains why your thinning blonde-dipped half-hawk stopped getting positive attention recently. It’s OK, though — the Ramones did Animal Boy when their fans were your age, and those people had (pretty much) no problem at all with the jacked production values and a raspier, more pro-sounding Joey, so don’t get too upset that this new Offspring album was produced by Bob Rock (nothing else could explain the Cult-style riff on the title track). The band’s familiar radio-punk guns blaze at the beginning on opener “The Future Is Now” and the ironically-more-metal-than-necessary “Secrets from the Underground,” but what you really want is the speed-demon stuff, which comes at “Dividing by Zero,” and whatever song is supposed to be the next “Gotta Get Away,” which materializes in the form of “Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell.” In sum, very little has changed, which might bum you out if you’ve done any growing up since the height of the tech boom. Or not, they’re your eardrums. B —Eric W. Saeger






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