Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Clever lyrics behind lively, cuss-word-heavy punk.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The songs address self-image and relationships with cynicism; the subtle bigger message, that songwriting is a great way to express and handle pain, is valuable.


Violent images as witty, poetic metaphor: "If we don't make it alive/well it's a hell of a good day to die."


Some fairly dense innuendo.


Gleefully explicit, employing a lot of swear words (f--k, s--t, asshole) -- but not that frequently and they're sometimes barely audible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Offspring's edgy songs contain four-letter words and a lot of violent metaphors. On the plus side, the lyrics are so clever -- and sometimes barely audible -- that they don't come across as really offensive. Songs also explore the dark side of relationships, self-image, and world events with a slight glimmer of redemption and hope.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHot Fuss May 20, 2012

Rise and Fall (Rage and Grace)

Yes, the Offspring curse. But they've toned it down since their last few albums. The graphic language is limited to two songs - "You're Gonna Go... Continue reading
Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo August 9, 2010


I loved this! Sure, it cusses a lot, but it's nothing your kids haven't heard. Plus, it has some great messages about self expression!

Definitely get... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 7, 2014
Love You're Gonna Go Far Kid
Kid, 11 years old May 13, 2010

Now that's what I call music!

It's got language artists these day use, and it makes me want to rock out!

What's the story?

RISE AND FALL, RAGE AND GRACE, The Offspring's eighth studio album (and first full-length release since 2003), delivers a dozen new, well-written songs with all of the group's ironic wit and punk-pop energy intact. Songs explore the dark side of relationships, self-image, and world events with just a glimmer of redemption and hope -- and that makes all the difference.

Is it any good?

There are enough swear words (f--k, s--t, asshole) to rate a parental-advisory sticker, but vocals are low in many of the mixes, and not only do the obligatory rants not take over; they're sometimes barely audible. The lyrics are also so good that this may be one instance where an occasional expletive that you're kid has already heard isn't too detrimental. Some of the cynically morbid imagery ("If we don't make it alive/well it's a hell of a good day to die") and violent metaphor might be disturbing, but if it makes it any better, it's always clever. The deeper, more subtle message -- promoting self-expression, whether in the form of songwriting or any other art, as a way to handle frustration and pain -- is the real take-home value for families.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" How do you communicate with a friend or family member who seems to be troubled? Are there special techniques you can learn for helping or is just being there, and being a good friend, enough?

Music details

  • Artist: The Offspring
  • Release date: June 17, 2008
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 1, 2015

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