Splinter (The Offspring album)
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|Studio album by The Offspring|
|Released||December 9, 2003|
|Recorded||January–August 2003 at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California, Southern Tracks Recording, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Genre||Punk rock, alternative rock|
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|Singles from Splinter|
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Splinter is the seventh studio album by American punk rock band The Offspring, released on December 9, 2003. It was the first album the band released without drummer Ron Welty and also the first to have a Parental Advisory label on some album covers, even though many of their previous albums contain profanity.
Although not as successful as The Offspring's albums between Smash and Conspiracy of One, Splinter received gold certification two months after its release. The album received average reviews, but still sold reasonably well. It debuted at 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with around 87,000 copies sold in its first week. "Hit That" and "(Can't Get My) Head Around You" were the only two singles to accompany this album. "Spare Me the Details" was also released as a single, but charted only in New Zealand.
Production and marketing
After spending nearly two years supporting the Conspiracy of One album, The Offspring began writing songs for Splinter in late 2002. Recording sessions for the album lasted from January to August 2003, making it the first time The Offspring had recorded an album for that long (although their next album, 2008's Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, took more than a year to record).
Uncomfortable with the idea of bringing in an immediate replacement for Welty, the band opted to have session musician Josh Freese play drums for the recording of the album, with plans to find a full-time drummer upon the record's completion.
The crowd vocals in the opening track "Neocon" were recorded at Reading Festival in 2002 during the Offspring's set on the festival's main stage. Estimates based on the capacity of Reading Festival would suggest at least 50,000 people are in the crowd.
On April Fools' Day 2003, the album's title was jokingly announced as Chinese Democracy, a reference to the repeatedly delayed Chinese Democracy album by Guns N' Roses. Holland quipped, "You snooze, you lose. Axl ripped off my braids, so I ripped off his album title."
The album's title comes from a lyric that appears in "Long Way Home".
This is the second and last new studio album to have the skull logo on their cover to date, excluding the Greatest Hits album. It later appeared on their 2012 single, Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk).
|3.||"Long Way Home"||2:23|
|5.||"Race Against Myself"||3:32|
|6.||"(Can't Get My) Head Around You"||2:14|
|7.||"The Worst Hangover Ever"||2:58|
|8.||"Never Gonna Find Me"||2:39|
|10.||"Spare Me the Details"||3:24|
|12.||"When You're in Prison"||2:35|
The Enhanced CD portion of the CD contains the following:
- Da Hui Video
- Da Hui Video (with Audio Commentary)
- Demo Studio Tour
- 4 wallpapers
- 2 MP3 tracks:
|13.||"The Kids Aren't Alright" (Island Style)||5:08|
|14.||"When You're in Prison" (Instrumental)||2:34|
There was another song recorded for the album called "Pass Me By". The band felt that it was too heavy for the album, which is why it wasn't included on the disc. It was for a time rumored to appear on The Offspring's next album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, but as of its release, the track has yet to surface.
Reviewers from sites such as Launch.com claimed Splinter was a welcome return to The Offspring's punk roots, citing songs such as "The Noose" and "Da Hui". The more mainstream songs, "Hit That" and "Spare Me the Details", were also praised.
Allmusic's Johnny Loftus also praised punk songs such as "Long Way Home" and "Lightning Rod", and claimed second single "Head Around You" was the album's standout. Like many fans though, he criticized songs such as "The Worst Hangover Ever" and "When You're in Prison", calling them 'throwaways'. PopMatters also praised "Head Around You", "Race Against Myself", and other heavier songs on the album. However, it also called "Worst Hangover Ever" 'idiotic' and again criticized "When You're In Prison" and "Neocon".
Another thing that was attacked was the album's short length, which was even shorter than Conspiracy of One. The review concluded that the album was "wasted potential", portraying it as merely average, in the same vein as many other critical reviews.
Splinter was also heavily praised for its lyrical content, said to take a considerable step up from the band's previous material. "Lightning Rod" is often used as an example of this. However, the album's ending of "Da Hui", which some were unhappy with, and joke song "When You're in Prison", which does not fit with the general album, were criticized as "not being a satisfying end to an already short album."
Charts and certifications
- Dexter Holland – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Noodles – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Greg K. – bass, backing vocals
- Josh Freese – drums
- Ronnie King – keyboards on "Hit That"
- Jim Lindberg – backing vocals
- Jack Grisham – backing vocals
- Chris "X-13" Higgins – backing vocals
- 2002 Reading Festival Crowd – crowd vocals on "Neocon"
- Mark Moreno – DJ scratching on "The Worst Hangover Ever"
- Phil Jordan – trumpet on "The Worst Hangover Ever"
- Jason Powell – saxophone on "The Worst Hangover Ever"
- Erich Marbach – trombone on "The Worst Hangover Ever"
- Brendan O'Brien – piano on "Spare Me the Details"
- Lauren Kinkade – backing vocals on "When You're in Prison"
- Natalie Leggett, Mario De Leon, Eve Butler, Denyse Buffum, Matt Funes – violins on "When You're in Prison"
- Larry Corbett – cello on "When You're in Prison"
- Gayle Levant – harp on "When You're in Prison"
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- Splinter is "too short" to be good at the Wayback Machine (archived June 15, 2007) posted in the Offspring Forums
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- NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
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