What parents need to know
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.
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.