It's been a long while since The Offspring's 2000 album, "Conspiracy of One". The first album I bought by the band was their biggest, "Americana". "COO" was second, then I followed it up by buying all their older releases (I have everyone except their debut, which I plan to get...sometime or another). "COO" was one of my favorite Offspring albums (along with "Smash") so I gues I was expecting more of the same radio-friendly catchy a*s pop punk that album offered. Well, I certaintly got radio friendly pop punk with songs like "Hit That" and "Race Against Myself", but most of these songs aren't as catchy as previous releases's were. A lot of songs sound alike (there's a couple of really fast paced ones that all seem to sound alike). But seriously, what was the band thinking when they wrote "The Worst Hangover Ever"? It's definetly the worst Offspring song ever, and I'm willing to say it's one of the worst songs ever. Seriously, it sucks.
But this album does have a few bright parts. Few. "The Noose" sounds like it could have come off of "COO", and it has a pretty catchy chorus. "Hit That", while the music is goofy as hell, has a catchy drum beat and the keyboards in it are used well. Other notable songs are "Race Against Myself" and "Lightning Rod", as well as the goofy outro track, "When You're in Prison".
But I really don't recommend this album, especially to those looking to just now get into Offspring. Start with some simple "Americana", then get "COO", and get the old albums, then come back here and get this one last. It's really not necessary, but if you need every Offspring album, I guess go ahead.