Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace review by The Offspring

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  • Released: Jun 16, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (170 votes)
The Offspring: Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

Sound — 8
The Offspring's latest release Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace is one album that should not be overlooked by guitar fans. The band's guitarist, nicknamed Noodles, does some very fine fretwork from the tiers of slamming punk-rock riffs lining Let's Hear It For Rock Bottom to the balladry panels of Fix You. The shifts in his acceleration determine the volume of the guitar's clattering chords and torque of the knotted wires. The mounds of sweltering fumes seething through Half Truism and Trust In You create a level of melodic tension making mountains of rapid splashing and crisscrossing bars rib-caged by the choke-hold of lead singer Dexter Holland's throaty pitch. The rails of bumpy bass grooves by Greg K put craters in the floor plan which cause the guitar wires to jostle and entangle into bulky masses and striking projectiles. The rhythmic movements gallop at high speeds through You're Gonna Go Far, Kid and Hammerhead while the reels of guitars exude knarly screams with an insatiable urgency. The tracks are rock solid brimming with animalistic traits like a panther's pounce in Nothingtown and a jack-rabbit's scrambling feet and playfulness in A lot Like Me. The acoustic wings spread out across Kristy, Are You Doing Okay are furled with electric elements braiding the contrasting textures into a rich melodic compound. Guitar chords are crimped and pressed into the throbbing rhythms moving from racy flusters in Rise And Fall to a motivating pulsation along Stuff Is Messed Up. Though much of the album is typical of The Offspring liken to their previous hits, Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace is a solid rock album brimming with excitement.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics can be personal like in Half Truism with verses that reveal, The cuts in my heart / They show in your eyes / Don't make it better / The twisting knife turns all by itself / Move onto someone else. And sometimes the lyrics are observations about life like in Kristy, Are You Doing Okay when Holland reflects, Oh waves of time / Seem to wash away / The scenes of our crimes / But for you this never ends / Can you stay strong / Can you go on / Kristy, are you doing okay? / A rose that won't bloom / Winter's kept you / Don't waste your whole life trying / To get back what was taken away. The lyrics share a theme of resigning oneself to the conditions that the past has imposed, and to move on to a better future.

Overall Impression — 8
The Offspring's album has a tubing of melodic tension that has the potential to increase one's metabolic rate. The athleticism in these tracks accelerates the means to go from point A to point B, moving swiftly and surmounting obstructions in the path. Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace is a strong guitar album with an insatiable lust to ride into a better tomorrow.

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    It wasn't their fall dumbass. More like heir reincarnation. Or rather an overhaul, seeing as they never died.
    i have to say that you're gonna go far kid is one of my favorite songs. with i usually dabble somewhere between i am a huge fan of bands like bodom and BTBAM, but this song is amazing i dont usually listen to the offspring, but i heard this song and was blown away. the chorus is great. i love this guys voice. the beat just adds to the song... so great
    I thought it was pretty funny that the UG Team thought the song 'O.C. Life' was the best example of Offspring having 'plenty of life still in them'. That extra edge and punkness you speak of is due to the song being written by another band. The O.C. Life is a cover of a D.I. song, and while the Offspring version is good, it is also kind of a letdown because it doesn't really sound any different than the already awesome D.I. version (especially the live version).
    Really good album. Not Great like Americana or Smash but it stands up really well. Stuff is Messed Up is the song I wish I wrote, Hammerhead is awesome, and although Kristy is a little "poppy" it's not a bad departure from their usual stuff. Can't wait to see them June 23rd at the LC in Columbus!!!