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The Offspring – Let The Bad Times Roll Album Review


The return of The Offspring with Let The Bad Times Roll feels well timed if not for the recent resurrection of pop punk, however for absolutely the catastrophe of a time we’re presently dwelling in.

If I’m sincere, the final album I listened to was 2008’s Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace, and whereas it fulfilled my then teenage want for Californian punk rock, it by no means made fairly the lasting impression of Americana period Offspring.

Nonetheless, I used to be curious after listening to the title monitor from Let The Bad Times Roll upon its launch as a single; it had that traditional noughties edge, and was extra importantly memorable. Indeed, the stompy vitality of that cynical quantity has permeated the whole thing of the album, and we’re utterly on board.

Opening track This Is Not Utopia is a raucous earworm of a monitor that remembers their late 90s pop punk aesthetic, however with extra lyrical depth because it displays on the hate and hysteria of an early 2020s America.

It’s one in every of a sequence of angsty conflict chants, alongside the anthemic Army of One, the uptempo Breaking These Bones and the marching protestations of album spotlight Coming For You.

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There’s gentle reduction from the fast-paced exuberance with melancholic emo quantity Behind Your Walls, and once more on the experimental, jazz-inspired We Never Have Sex Anymore; which is the form of tongue-in-cheek admission of their age we would have liked for a band whose reputation peaked of their early thirties.

The Opioid Diaries is stuffed with scuzzy punk guitars which melts into balladic emo, whereas Hassan Chop is the track that almost all remembers The Offspring’s signature sound the likes of Pretty Fly (for a White Guy), however fortunately not in an embarrassing manner.

The shortest monitor on the document at only one minute is In The Hall Of The Mountain King; a guitar cowl of a traditional piece of orchestral music by Edvard Grieg for the Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt. If the album’s going to have filler, we recognize that it is this.

They even have a sluggish piano cowl of their 1997 track Gone Away, with a Mad World-sounding refrain that does properly in bringing down the temper to shut out the album; though the official album nearer is a mellow outro model of Let The Bad Times Roll entitled Lullaby.

Honestly, there’s not one unhealthy track right here, although after all, not each monitor is a piece of genius. It’s persistently high-energy and infectious sufficient to maintain you gripped for the entire 33 minutes, and is actually a extra refined model of the uptempo punk rock they’re recognized for.

Let The Bad Times Roll is doubtless the album that 2021 wanted, representing completely the defiance of the populace  – even when it does come a bit of late to the party. 

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