The Offspring - Smash
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1994 Ratings: #211 / 387
User Score
Based on 154 ratings
1994 Ratings: #84
Liked by 8 people
April 8, 1994 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Thom Wilson / Producer
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The fastest and most energetic album that I'd heard as a kid. Somehow my younger brother had scored a copy and thought that I might like it but that was an understatement!

The album moves fast with the music right in your face in true punk fashion. Shredding guitar, pumping bass and driving drums are the story of the music. In short, the songs make their point and move on so I'm gonna try and slow it down a little bit and focus on the lyrics.
'Nitro' ... read more
The record that brought punk back into the limelight along with Dookie. As a kid i was from an early age hearing the name Offspring a lot. I dont even think i knew a song by them for the longest time, but i for some strange reason always had the name in mind, and its not like the people around me ever played any Offspring. I think that i first must have heard the name on nickelodeon or something growing up, when they used to play songs in between commercials back in the day at the early 2010s, ... read more

The Offspring's best album before they sold out into radio pop rock mediocrity. Smash is a fantastic skate punk record, filled with standards of the genre such as Nitro (Youth Energy), Self Esteem, and the title track. Even Killboy Powerhead is a favorite of mine, and that track is universally considered to be filler.
This is a typical 60%, which equates to an exact 'good' on the scale - this album is as solid as it could be with the sound they're working with...which isn't an absolute favourite of mine. A few keepers ('Self Esteem', 'Gotta Get Away', and the title track) plus 'Come Out and Play' is catchy if a little annoying too.

Basically these are songs that if they come on the jukebox at your local 'rock venue' you're twice as likely to buy a round of shots.

It does its job then, NR.
Every 90s skater’s fever dream album.
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Added on: April 24, 2014