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  • Audio CD (Nov. 17 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DHRZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 791 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Welcome
2. Have You Ever
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
5. The Kids Aren't Alright
6. Feelings
7. She's Got Issues
8. Walla Walla
9. The End Of The Line
10. No Brakes
11. Why Don't You Get A Job?
12. Americana
13. Pay The Man

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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, the band's fourth record, Americana, is its most lively offering to date, replacing angst and rage with energy and sarcasm. The novelty single "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" matches infectious riffing and shout-along vocals with fly-girl chants of "Give it to me, baby" and lyrics about wannabe scenesters; and 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." Musically, Americana offers no real revelations, but 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. --Jon Wiederhorn


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Format: Audio CD
The Offspring used to be my favourite band.I used to listen to them everyday(sometimes at night to).Americana kinda got me into the flow of it all but it's not there best,no not even close.Although I can go on and on like this I'd rather do a song by song review.
Intro:Kinda weak,kinda very weak.Lacking.I like intro's that actually have music in em'.
Have you Ever:Great song to kick off the album,with wicked riffs and a cool ending that totaly changes into this chant along thing.Greatness.10/10
Star at the Sun:Good Punk song with a really good chorus.Just plain fun.Moshing admitted.9/10
Pretty Fly for a White Guy:It's songs like this that make want to take the microphonecord and wrap it around Dexter Hollands throat.Sadly enough it's the song that introduced me to them.
1/10(just for the line"uno's dos tres quatro cinqo cinqo ces")
The Kids aren't alright:Good song,no great song one of there best.9/10
Feelings:Nah,weak bland but fast.3/10
She's got issues:Puh,another stinker.4/10
Walla Walla:Think "Cool to Hate" from Ixnay except sucky.4/10
End of the Line:I don't see the point to this song.At first it seems dark and menacing but after awhile it just get's old and boring.Average at best.5/10
No Brakes:Fast,good punk.I really like this even though it's short time through.8/10
Why don't you get a job:A song that show's off none of there musical talent but only shows that there capable of trash.0/10
Americana:Worthy of the name of the album as it's one of the best off the album with exploding lyrics like "..My future's
determined by thieves,thugs and vermin.." and hard-as-nails
guitar's.
Pay the man:I hated this song at first,but it is one of there best ever.It is so good especially that short guitar line right before the real song begins.(there's like a five minute inro).
11/10
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By A Customer on April 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is awesome. Just go buy it now, or read this review:
1. Welcome - Well...kind of stupid. This is how John Mayer started out. No use to rate this track.
2. Have You Ever - Cool song. A song that is more punk than pop. I'm not saying that Offspring is pop, they do pop songs sometimes. I'm rambling. This is a cool song. 5/5
3. Staring At The Sun - Pretty cool. Not the best though. 4/5
4. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) - I don't know anybody who hasn't heard this song. Gets boring after a while, but still a good song. 5/5
5. The Kids Aren't Alright - Best. Offspring. Song. Ever. Period. 100/5
6. Feelings - Good song. Once again, not the best. 4/5
7. She's Got Issues - Reminds me of sometime I had when I found out my girlfriend had issues. Good song. 5/5
8. Walla Walla - Really good song. I don't understand this: "Hey Walla, I'll see you on the Walla Walla." Strange line. 5/5
9. The End of the Line - Cool song. Nice to bang your head to. 5/5
10. No Brakes - Really cool song. Another song that proves The Offspring can be punk. Punk, not rock. 5/5
11. Why Don't You Get A Job? - "My friend's got a girlfriend and he hates that b****" - The opening line. This is a pop and punk (pop-punk, duh) song, pop - the melody, punk - the lyrics. 5/5
12. Americana - I'm suprised this didn't get a parental advisory cuz of this song. Really good song though. 5/5
13. Pay The Man - Everybody says this song sucks. I don't. 4:00 of crap though in the beginning, but good. 5/5
BONUS TRACK: Pretty Fly (Reprise) - Mexican version of Pretty Fly at the end of Pay The Man. Just keep on listening. John Mayer also sings in this one. 4.5/5
So go get this CD. You won't regret it.
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Format: Audio CD
Now, I know that there are a lot of people who love The Offspring, and that's fine, but I just can't stand them. My sister lent me this album, and other than the first track, I hate it. All the songs sound the same, and this reeks of MTV-style Pop-Punk. I wouldn't like this album even if I were still in my MTV phase. Because all the songs sound the same, I can barely remember anything from this album, other than I hate it. The lyrics bore me, and are all about girls, or school, or some other over-used topic. The vocals are very whiny, and the riffs are dull at best. Plus, the fact that I hear this band all the time from the people around me doesn't help.
After listening to this album once, I decided to listen again with an open mind to see if I like it, and I hated it even more. I gave this back to my sister almost as soon as I got it.
Although, if there's something positive I have to say about this, it's that the first track (the opening one) is pretty funny. But, once track 2 starts, I hate it. So, I don't reccomend this album at all. If I ever need any Punk, I'll listen to the Dead Kennedys, or the Misfits, not this.
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Format: Audio CD
Many people say this album is proof that they sold out. Whatever. These same people would have complained it Americana sounded exactly like Smash. These so called music elitists would complain that they never changed and were one hit wonders. So it may be pop sounding, they got a good producer because they could afford it. It's a great album with many songs that you'll find yourself singing along to.
Have you ever: 10/10 I love this song. It is an amazing song and like i have said before, is a great way to start off the CD. It has the energy to keep you rocking and the lyrics to keep you singing along.
Staring at the Sun: 9/10 Typical punk rock you'd expect from the offspring. Its just a little more produced. Overall a good song. Check out their website to see what the lyrics are about. I'll bet you will be surprised.
Pretty Fly: 10/10 So it sounds poppy. Who cares. It is catchy and will easily get stuck in your head. Just like most of their singles. What i liked about this one is that the people it poked fun at bought this album in droves
The Kids aren't alright: 6/10 The only reason this gets a low rating is because it has been overplayed. I originally really liked this song. Has a bit of a hard rock/80's sound to it. The lyrics are about the realities of growing up in most neighborhoods.
Feelings: 2/10 A poor cover of a stupid song
She's got issues: 7/10 It's not a bad song. Noting more than a rock song with some funny lyrics.
Walla Walla: 9/10 How ironic that this is playing on my playlist right now. I like this song alot. It's a fast paced punk song that also has good energy.
End of the LIne: 10/10 This is probably my favorite punk song on the album. I can't explain why. Whenver i hear it i always get into this song.
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