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.
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!
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.
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