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There are some wonderful musical jokes on The Offspring's new CD, SPLINTER. "I'm never gonna drink again, at least not till next weekend," bleats the lead singer pathetically on "The Worst Hangover Ever," after a musical introduction of slightly off-key Mariachi horns that would blast right through the head of anyone actually in that condition.
Imaginative instrumentals and a sense of humor throughout make this a terrific party CD for older teens who can tell the difference between good-humored fun and real issues. Even "Spare Me the Details," the most explicit tune on the album, dealing with a lover's infidelity in excruciating imagined detail, is written with such intense feeling and rueful intelligence that it's hard to take offense. "Hit That" is a sly look at the consequences of unwanted pregnancy, with an infectious musical arrangement featuring a wonderfully cheesy organ riff.