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The Offspring - Ixnay on the Hombre

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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

1) Disclaimer (00:44)
2) The Meaning of Life (02:56)
3) Mota (02:57)
4) Me & My Old Lady (04:33)
5) Cool to Hate (02:47)
6) Leave It Behind (01:58)
7) Gone Away (04:28)
8) I Choose (03:54)
9) Intermission (00:48)
10) All I Want (01:54)
11) Way Down the Line (02:36)
12) Don't Pick It Up (01:53)
13) Amazed (04:25)
14) Change the World (06:23)

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