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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 July, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars An original album lacking in a few areas
The minute you hear this CD, you immediatly hear 3 different musical genres - Rock, Rap and funk. 311 stake their claim with hits like "Down", "All Mixed Up", and "Hive." "Down" is a fast and furious tune with a great guitar hook layered throughout. "All Mixed Up" has a slower tempo but is the best produced song on the album. "Hive" is a good rap/rock song that could put the likes of Limp Bizkit and Korn to shame. The best part of the song is the chorus - similarities with the Beastie Boys comes to mind. The rest of the album more or less sounds like one of the above mentioned songs. It's still a descent album, however, because of the originality that 311 pocessess. If you are a 311 fan, this is an essential. If you are just getting into the band, try "Grassroots" first - arguably their best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
Are you the kind of person that has a very wide selection of music? I'm talking about having KoRn, Ice Cube, Bob Marley, and Greenday in the same CD holder? Well, this amazing genius band mixes soothing reggae, headbangin' punk/metal guitar, throbbing beats and raps, with a dash of jazz and pop, and it actually comes out sounding GOOD. Yes, my friend, I can only be talking about one band: 311. The amazing Nick Hexum, P-nut, Chad Sexton, Tim Maxwell, and S.A. Martinez release their third amazing album, Self-titled. In the mood for something loud and obnoxious? Try "Down" or "Hive." Want to settle down a little? Try "All Mixed Up" and "Purpose." Want to dance and get the bass thumpin'? Try "Brodels" or "T&P Combo." No matter what mood you're in, 311 satisfies your music cravings with music that is too amazing for words. If you wanted a band like them for me to recommend, I couldn't help you there: 311 is the only of their kind. Buy this album and every other one, too, and enjoy 311!

1-0 out of 5 stars 311 are talented musicians who need to quit the rap front
"Down" and "All Mixed Up" are both excellent tracks. The rapping doesn't bother me much on these cuts because the music behind the vocal mix is so good. Aside from those two songs, the only other cut I enjoyed was "Don't Stay Home". The rest of the songs consist of absolutely horrendous "white boy" rap of the worst kind. Don't get me wrong, I like quite a few 311 songs like the aforementioned three cuts off this album, and nearly everything off Transistor, but the material on here is just so juvenile and played-out that it's downright hokey. "Don't Let Me Down", which is supposedly about "some girl" getting beaten, is laughable. It sounds like Hexum made the whole thing up because he's way too vague. I'd like to know who the girl is, and why we should care about her plight, because vague crap like that ain't going to tug on my heartstrings. What makes it even funnier is that 311 go against everything they preach in every other song they wrote and say that "If you touch her again/I'll f*ck you up. For guys so preachy about "love and unity", they of all people should know that violence isn't solved by more violence. Stupid hypocrite stoners. Oh, by the way, did I mention these guys love weed? I think I should, because that's virtually all they sing about on this album. Do yourself a favor and get Transistor instead of this album. The instrumentation is actually creative, and there isn't dominated by Hard Rock/Rap like this one is. I also have their Live album from 1998 (on cassette no less!) which contains many songs from both Grassroots and Music, and based on those songs, 311's first two albums sound just as hokey as this one does. I personally think that 311 need to stay away from turntables and fight the urge to rap, because they actually are very talented musicians, and songs like "Beautiful Disaster", "Color", "Use of Time", "Stealing Happy Hours", "Light Years", "Rub A Dub", Creature Feature, and the cover of Cure's "Love Song" illustrate that. ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHH
Sales Rank: 10321


Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 October, 1999)
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When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars sensitive, deep, ingenious, amazing, powerful.....ORIGINAL!
3 years ago a friend of mine got me interested in 311 by making me a mixed tape of about two to three songs...i believe "All Mixed Up," and "Down," were of the few. I was amazed. The sound was so unique. Although I loved the music, right away I didn't get around to buying the album. When the "Come Original" video went on TV I was like, "that's it I'm buying Soundsystem." And I did, I was not let down in the least. I LOVE every song on the album except "Leaving Babylon." All of these songs mean so much to me. I listen to them FULL BLAST in my discman. "Large In The Margin," is an incredibly beautiful song. The beginning starts with Nick singing slowly, then SA takes over with a rap, then there are a series of beats that separate Nick and SA's verses from the EXTREMELY powerful chorus. In the last line of the chorus it makes me want to cry when they say, "There's no reason to fear it, it's you, you." They say these lines with so much passion. "Strong All Along" is very inspirational, and it has a catchy reggae beat that takes me back to summer on the beach. "Come Original" just rocks! It's alittle apparent that 311 is referring to all those boy bands in this song...but it's about time they all come original! Rock on 311, the more competitive, the better! "Sever," and "Life's Not a Race," are very relaxing songs. I believe "Freeze Time," and "Can't Fade Me," go in the same category. The beginning of the song "Flowing" reminds me of laying under the stars. "Mindspin" is a great party song. "Eons," and "Livin & Rockin'" have great beats that u can groove to. I love the part in "Eons" where there is all that pondering going on and the guitar is blazing in the background. THANX 311 FOR GIVING ALL OF YOUR FANS A CD THEY LOVE TO LISTEN TO. I am buying ALL of your previous albums when I go shopping next. BE INFORMED this cd means more to me than you will ever know. THANKS!

~Heather P.S. Will someone email me and tell me why this album is classified under EXPLICIT LYRICS? I scanned through the lyrics, and I didn't find anything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album by A Great Band
311 is probably the best band to come out of the 90's. Also one of the only bands that actually have talent and consistantly put out great music. On Soundsystem the band is in top form as usual, vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez are great on the album, bassist P-Nut, guitarist Tim Mahoney, and drummer Chad Sexton are excellent and some of the best musicians around. It is impossible to categorize Soundsystem, so I won't. I'll just tell you about the songs. Freeze Time starts off the album, it is pretty much your standard 311 song. Great way to open the album. The first single Come Original is an extremely catchy funk rock song with a really great bass break between verses. Large in the Margin is another rocker, nothing much to say about it. Flowing was the second single, and is one of my favorites on this album, this is also a great live song. Can't Fade Me sounds like something that could have been on the album 311. Life's Not A Race is when the album style shifts, this could easily have been an early Santana song. This is also one of my favorite songs on the album because it shows how good Tim is. He is definately the best guitar player around now, this song has some of the greatest solos I've ever heard. Strong All Along is an upbeat regge sounding song. Sever and Eons are both heavy songs that are really good. On this album 311 also has a heavier sound which works really well for them, they also said that their new album From Chaos will also have more heavy songs. The next songs on the album are Evolution and Leaving Babylon. Evolution is another mellow song kind of like Strong All Along. Leaving Babylon is the strangest song on the album, it is also very regge influenced, not really a bad song but the weakest on the album. Mindspin is another rocker that takes you back to a 311 album type sound. The last song Livin's & Rockin'is another great song, as if you expected anything different. It starts off with a techno beat then kicks into the most rockin song on the album. Soundsystem is a great album, everyone should own it, also if you get the chance definately see them live, they are amazing

5-0 out of 5 stars 311is all always up for kickin
I am a huge 311 fan! They are awesome in concert. Every fan must own this album. It has the standard great tracks that all true 311 fans love. 311 is the perfect mix between pump you up feel good music, and their signature chillin style that melts away the stress and chaos in our lives. Stay positive and love your life! ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABI1


From Chaos
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars It grows on you!
When I heard 311's new single "You Wouldn't Believe", I knew that 311 was back. I was hoping this album would be heavier, more "old school" than Soundsystem and Transistor. From the first track to the last, this album is perfect the entire way. Well, ALMOST perfect. It took me awhile to pick apart every song, but i realize a few problems with this CD. Still more creative than most bands, 311's lyrics on "From Chaos" are good, but a little shallow compared to 311's past albums. The guitar work is a bit choppy, somewhat lacking the regular flow on past albums. Nick Hexum's voice is slightly flat on a few tracks, including "I Told Myself", and "I'll Be Here Awhile". Its not very noticable. "Sick Tight" is a classic 311 song, fast paced, "Head-rushing", blended style type of song. "You Wouldn't Believe" was a good choice for a first single. "From Chaos" is a cool song, I hope it will be the next single. It has SA rapping and Nick's smooth vocals, not at all flat on this track. "Amber" is the song making fans go crazy. I'm not sure why, I didn't find anything truly "great" about it. "Uncalm" sounds like something off of Transistor. All in all, this album is really good no matter what amazon's editor says (she's crazy). 311 is always breaking new ground! (Tell me if you ever heard a song like "From Chaos" on any other 311 album). This album is great, buy it and you won't be disappointed. Also try the self-titled "Blue Album" if you want to get hooked on 311. If you don't like this album at first, don't worry. Some of the songs take a little listening to get to like them, then you're hooked!

5-0 out of 5 stars From 311 Comes Another Amazing Album
People that don't know about 311's music will say that they had their day in 1995 with the release of their self titled (blue) album, what they don't know is that it's their weakest album and there are better albums before and after. From Chaos is definately one of their best albums ever, like any band should they keep getting better as time goes on, the song writing on From Chaos is great, the vocals from Nick and SA are awesome, Tim Mahoney continues to show his extreme talent without over playing, when he is technically able to, PNut's bass playing is something of envy as usual, and Chad's drumming is insane. With this album it seems as if they rediscovered thier roots and updated them, this is evident with songs such as You Get Worked and Sick Tight, they sound like vintage 311. The guitar harmonies on I Told Myself sounds similar to that of Beautiful Disaster. Songs such as From Chaos and You Wouldn't Believe are great, and both really uptempo with awesome lyrics and catchy melodies. Theres really only one dissapointing song on the album and that's Full Ride, I don't know what they were thinking with that one but it definately ranks up their with some of their worst songs, and in my opinion they only have 3. Another high point of the album are the slower songs Champagne and Amber, the latter which became somewhat of a hit in the spring/summer of 2002, both excellent songs that show off the band. Wake Your Mind Up which was cowritten with the Pharcyde is an amazing track, completely upbeat really catchy, with an astounding bass solo at the end of the song. The album closes with two amazing songs as well, Uncalm which is one of the moodiest songs they've ever recorded, could definately be an outtake from Transistor and the acoustic I'll Be Here A While which is a song Nick wrote years before there even was a 311, and they recorded it for this album, and it's the perfect way to close what is another amazing piece of plastic from one the most amazing bands ever....311

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and flawless work
Allow me to express how in awe I am right now. Got the point? I shall begin my review of 'From Chaos'.

Although I've always admired 311 and liked a few of their songs here and there, I never became what you would probably consider a complete "fan" until a few months ago. I got three of their albums ('Evolver', 'Soundsystem', and 'Transistor') last month and was extremely impressed, especially with 'Soundsystem'. I remembered loving "You Wouldn't Believe" and "Amber", and wanted to purchase the 'From Chaos' album.

After a month of looking for it, I found it today...and my CD collection will never be the same.

I don't see what this negativity is about - this is a BEAUTIFUL album. Not only is 311 the most original band out there, this album just flows. I am ecstatic about it. I can see this becoming one of my favorite CDs of all time. I like every song on here (that's rare). Standouts are "Amber" (I still haven't gotten sick of it), "You Wouldn't Believe", "Uncalm", and "Champagne." Tim Mahoney is among the best guitarists I've ever heard and even though many reviews on here proclaimed Nick Hexum's voice to be monotone, I find it to be beautiful and soothing.

All in all, a wonderful album. Amazing. I recommend it to anyone - 311 fan, not 311 fan, someone who's never HEARD of 311 - ANYBODY. This album is perfection and I'm not sure how I've went this long without it. ... Read more

Asin: B00005KBBL
Sales Rank: 8658


Live [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 November, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars you have to hear it for yourself!!
311 is the greatest band that has ever been, is, and will be. Their unique blend of musical styles is so apparent on this CD, and the energy on it is no less than it is at one of their concerts. If you want something to take you back to the greatest experience of your life (a 311 concert, of course!), _this_ is the CD for you! :-)


5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is sik-
On the way to the 'Sprite Liquid Remix Tour' my friend threw this cd in and i thought it was great....didnt know many of the songs but it sounded nice....when we get to the concert 311 was on the bill and they were the best out of the 6 groups there (3 rock and 3 rap) it was unbeleivable so i went out and bought this cd...it just puts me back in the mosh pit

4-0 out of 5 stars Good But Missing The All Time Fan Favorite
This is a great live album with alot of great tunes like Applied Science with the extended drum solo. Some of the songs are a little slow but still great. On here, you can find the fan favorite cover or Human Rights' Who's Got The Herb? which is a non album track found on the Hempilation: Freedom Is Norml benefit compilation. Also, Tribute, a non album song from the blue album sessions from ETSD. The one flaw I'd say this cd has is the absence of the all time fan favorite Fu88 the Bullshi8 and the more little known Summer of Love. Still this is a great album that doesn't deserve a Parental Advisory or and edited version (then again, nothing does). I own the regular one. ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHO
Sales Rank: 88481


Grassroots [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 July, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
311 has so much talent, it is almost unfair. They make other bands look like wanna-be musicians because they are so good. 311 was doing the hybrid style of rap and rock (and several other styles of music) before anyone else, in the late 80's. It's refreshing to have a band that promotes positivity and that is above all of the garbage that so many other bands seem content to wallow in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Three-Eleven's 1994 Debut
Grassroots, 311's second album, displays an improved sense of songwriting and melody, as well as a more confident rhythm section. They still sound heavily indebted to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More, but the band is beginning to forge out their own identity on Grassroots.

5-0 out of 5 stars obviously
everyone knows that 311 is an amazing band, and grassroots is one of their bests. There are a lot of curses on the regular version, so this is necessary. if for some reason you can't buy the regular version, invest in this. you won't be sorry. ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHL
Sales Rank: 134041


Music [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 April, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 311 - Music
311's 1st album is a compilation of all their earlier LP's with other material. Any 311 fan will tell you this is must have because of famous songs such as Do You Right, Feels So Good, and Fat Chance (F!@k The Bulls#$t). These songs are traditionally played at their amazing concerts and usually bring the house down. This album blends relaxing tunes such as Nix Hex with some loud songs that get you pumped up like Feels So Good. This is a musically rich album with a lot of melodies. A necessity of anyone who likes 311 or rap-rock or almost any type of music. Chad Sexton on percussion is incredible to listen to for those who play the drums or to the casual listener. P-nut's bass skills are nearly unmatched in the music business. Tim Mahoney wails out some great melodies on guitar while leadman Nick Hexum and Singer/DJ SA Martinez bust out the rhymes. Unreal album, you will not regret by this album after the 3rd straight month it's in your cd player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Say No To Drugs
311's debut album is an infectious mix of funk-metal and hip-hop. While the band fails to come up with a consistently solid batch of songs, their raw energy makes up for the lack of strong songwriting.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is a great CD, I especialy love the song'paradise'
there s just something about that 'paradise' song that I just have to keep playing it over and over again. ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHT
Sales Rank: 188826


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