The Offspring once again delivers a mixture of standard hooks and tongue-in-cheek, angst-ridden lyrics.

The Offspring once again delivers a mixture of standard hooks and tongue-in-cheek, angst-ridden lyrics. But with more near misses than direct hits, "Splinter" is somewhat disappointing—even with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Korn) and drummer Josh Freese (the Vandals, A Perfect Circle) on board. As always, the band manages to squeeze out a few catchy tunes, but overall, the album is rather bland. However, fans should enjoy "The Worst Hangover Ever," "Spare Me the Details" and lead single "Hit That," which embrace the group's signature sound of bouncy beats and humorous subject matter. Rock radio could take a liking to any one of these new songs, which follow in the tradition of such quirky yet endearing hits as "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," "Why Don't You Get a Job?" and "Self Esteem."—KK

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