The Offspring: Ixnay on the Hombre

Released: February 4, 1997

Ixnay on the Hombre is the follow-up album to The Offsprings very successful album “Smash” and came before their majorly successful release, “Americana”. This album is somewhat of a transition album in terms of sound. If you listen to Smash and then Americana you will hear the difference; this album is the medium of the two.  Lyrically, this album dives in a little deeper when it comes to subject-matter compared to the bands prior releases. The track “Gone Away” is a track that deals with regret, life changes, and pain demonstrating this deeper emotion. The tracks “All I Want”, “Amazed”, and “Change the World” also demonstrate this deeper emotion.

In my opinion, this album is somewhat of an overlooked gem. While I am sure many fans of the band will praise this album, it’s one that seems to get less attention  What makes this album so great is that it serves as a bridge between a gap of the bands earlier raw sounding days and their more polished, mainstream success days. You could say they had mainstream success before this album but “Americana” was the staple. Ixnay on the Hombre is an important part of this bands history and holds some classic tracks! If you have missed out, definitely give it a listen!

Notable Tracks
The Meaning of LifeGone Away
Amazed
Change the World

Grade: 8.73 (B)

Other Reviews
Americana 9.5 (A)
Conspiracy of One 9.12 (A-)
Ixnay on the Hombre 8.73 (B)
Days Go By 8.41 (B)

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