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Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace



Clever lyrics behind lively, cuss-word-heavy punk.
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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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 9 years old June 7, 2014
Love You're Gonna Go Far Kid
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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 Far, Kid" (which says dance, f--ker, dance four times and is about a sniper) and "Stuff is Messed Up", which repeats the phrase "s--t is f--ked up" five times while using a--hole once and mentioning a "boob job". Also, "Nothing Town" says "s--tty" once, and Hammerhead is about a school shooter. However, there are positive messages, such as "Kristy are You Doing Okay", which is about helping a friend in need. Overall, this is the Offspring's cleanest release, but should only be handled by teenagers.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 24, 2012

I like one or two songs, but it's not that great.

The offspring. Some parents may know them as the punk band with a mouth for bad language.Well in this album it is no different with some of the sogs containing no shortage of bad language some strong. The song your gonna go far kid for example. It contains about 5-6 uses of strong bad language. There is only one other song that uses bad language really and so the rest of the album is clean. This album is not suitable for young ones, but it sure does have some catchy tunes.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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