“Maybe hanging out with Jello Biafra put the fun-loving spring in Offspring’s step. Or perhaps it was just the royalty checks, hot babes, and fast cars. Whatever the case,” JW “the Offspring's fifth album is a raucous ride through America as seen through the eyes of a weary, but still optimistic, young kid.” MG Americana makes for the band’s “most lively offering to date, replacing angst and rage with energy and sarcasm.” JW
“The songs are a bit craftier and more diverse than the rest of the Offspring oeuvre, veering haphazardly between anthemic punk metal, blistering hardcore, and near-psychedelic experimentation.” JW “Riffs on political correctness, ‘70s radio fodder, and suburban disquiet are spread thick on Americana. If the band’s targets seem a bit simple and predictable, its music rarely is. The SoCal roots aren’t played to a fault, the blend of salsa and alterna-rock sounds natural.” MG
“Best track is Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), which manages to bridge Def Leppard and Latin hip-hop (and the musical timeline they represent) and, in the process, disrobes Middle America's average white teen's quick fascination with and instant disposability of a once-regional heritage.” MG “The novelty single…matches infectious riffing and shout-along vocals with fly-girl chants of ‘Give it to me, baby’ and lyrics about wannabe scenesters.” JW
“A storming punk-rock version of Morris Albert’s Feelings sees the band hitting a new level of, er, (in)sensitivity. Elsewhere, the humor is slightly more subtle; She’s Got Issues cops a new-wave guitar line from the Cars songbook, The Kids Aren’t Alright opens like an Iron Maiden anthem, and Why Don’t You Get a Job? is a blatant reggae-style spoof of the Beatles’ ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.’” JW
“With integrity intact and a hearty combination of poppy punk and wit throughout,” MG “The Offspring pretty much laugh at their culture, as well as themselves, the entire time.” MG
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Last updated March 28, 2011.