Common Sense Media says

A terrific party CD for older teens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Same girlfriend is referred to as a "dumb donut."


"The noose is falling and enemies are rising...you're only feeling stronger cause your body's getting numb" is the worst of it.


"Spare Me the Details" contains a jilted lover's blow-by-blow fantasy of his girlfriend's infidelity.


A sprinkling of playful expletives--11, to be exact.


None to speak of.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Above-mentioned girlfriend infidelity is caused by "seven shots of Jager." There's also a hilarious hangover song.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this contains edgy songs well sung, but there's lots of drinking, sex, and dubious portrayals of women here. But then again, they're punk.

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What's the story?

This band delivers with hard, loud, fast instrumental performances balanced by upbeat punk perkiness and clever lyrics -- an irresistible combination if you can handle a few naughty words.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the unwanted pregnancy reference, as well as all the drinking and the infidelity mentioned.

Music details

Artist:The Offspring
Release date:December 9, 2003
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byP dump November 5, 2009

Not the Offspring we're used to, but alright.

A couple good songs, but, as always, a good amount of cussing. Be selective, know your kid. But this is no Smash or Conspiracy of One.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


I don't like Offspring. They are a horrible example of punk. They give punk a bad name. If you want good punk then go for Alkaline Trio, Vandals, Ramones, Softball, Millencolin, Anti-Flag, or Bad Religion. Punk is the best genre of music, Offspring trys to kill it though.
Teen, 14 years old Written bywookiepie93 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

The Offspring are great but this is average

I love the offspring but this album is just average. The good songs are the noose, long way home, hit that, race agianst myself, (can't get my) head around you, never gonna find me and lightning rod. However, there are some bad songs. da hui is basicly a bunch of curses and when you're in preson is just plain horrible. Also you get hit that and (can't get my) head around you on the offspring's greatest hits album. Overall, 5 out of 12 songs is good but there are better offspring albums to get.


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