The years are taking their toll to the band and amazingly sounding the same, in most of the tracks, but the big hard effort the band made is shown.But Album has redeemable tracks and sound so is not that bad.
As soon as the first song,'The Future Is Now', you can recognize easily The Offspring,is almost like an old one but as it goes forward you feel this band is elder and repetitive, the song also have a strange twist. The album moves to the next song 'Secrets From The Underground' which is sort of an forced anthem but is quite good and one of the best in the album, incredible music. Other songs that sound like old stuff from the band but forced are 'Hurting As One', which is plain and forgettable, and 'Dividing By Zero' that is fast and energetic but still not giving a amazement fact, like the album as a whole.
The sound in some songs like in the long 'Days Go By' is very 80's like Bon Jovi but with the originality of The Offspring. 'I Wanna Secret Family (With You)' is another song that sounds like 1980's and familiar but it is more enjoyable like the second half of the album. The sound takes a ride to the Punk scene yet again in the 80's but with bits of The Clash (or a rip off, 'Guns From Brixton' American style) and a little modern Gorillaz-ish twist in the chilling good song 'Oc Gun'. And even more from the same decade but now with a mainstream horrible twist, 'Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)', which is cool but sounds a lot like an awful track from electronic pop to the masses like Black Eyed Peas mixed with Michael Jackson's Billie Jean (My brother described like "WTF! is This Katy Perry?" maybe they sampling ? California Girls )so the sound is very familiar and catchy but gets to annoying and that's sort of the idea in the whole album.
At some point the band try so hard to modernize their style and sounds pretty hideous like in 'Turning Into You' which have serious "WTF! is this shite music" moments and is very long, kind of a torture.
Not everything is wrong the band reached a good (THE) sound in incredible tracks like 'All I Have Left Is You' that is a slowdown to the album but what a song! it's so charming and powerful you can't even feel that is the longest song in the album it goes so fast. And the band close with a flourish,'Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell' (don't mind the long name) is more punk, happy and fast like the band used to be but grown so is probably how the album should sound but unfortunately is the last song so lets a hunger and a need that should been filled before. The rerecord of 'Dirty Magic' is good nothing much to say is not very different from original (1992) so is brilliant just voice sound elder and bitter but is fine and not forced which gives a relief accompanied with all lifesavers songs that saved the album from a awful disaster.
To Listen:All I Have Left Is You, Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell,I Wanna Secret Family (With You)
Up To You : Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk),Oc Guns
Avoid: Days Go By,Turning Into You,Dividing By Zero