Days Go By
Label: Round Hill Music (Offspring)
Now in their fourth decade, The Offspring have never been big on tinkering with their style. This means they're more or less stuck in the SoCal-punk-meets-arena-rock thing they helped define in the '90s. This really doesn't matter, so long as the group keeps churning out catchy tunes, which they do -- in spades. Not surprisingly, the record's best moments, among them "Secrets From the Underground and "The Future Is Now," are amped-up examinations of integrity, angst and restlessness. Another keeper is "Dividing by Zero," which features a Zeppelin-on-amphetamines shuffle and killer wah-wah.