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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

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Sales Rank: 10321


Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 August, 1997)
list price: $17.97
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With Sublime and Sugar Ray having made whitewashed reggae a hot commodity on the pop charts, it makes sense that the prime movers of the genre are making a headlong comeback into the fray. With Transistor, 311 goes for the jugular, cramming the disc with over 20 songs, and just as many angles on its melange of rock, hip-hop and Caribbean musical styles. There are hyper rap-metal rehashes of the hit "Down" ("Tune In," "Starshines," and "Borders"), chunky guitar tracks ("Beautiful Disaster"), and lots of frivolous reggae-lite songs ("Light Years," "Stealing Happy Hours"). --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Transistor...Good, but missing something
"Transitor" was released after the band's triple-platinum self-titled release. Cramed with 21 tracks and a hidden song, Transistor is a CD not just for the casual listener, but for the die hard fan as well. From the heavier tracks of "Beautiful Disaster", "Borders", and "Electricity", to the laid back "Running", "Stealing Happy Hours", and "Inner Light Spectrum", this album is packed with different styles of music. Worth every penny, "Transistor" is a good album, but it seems like the songs weren't taken down to every detail to make them better. 311's other releases were gone over with care to make them the best they could be. You might think the producer on this album was pretty lazy. "Rub-a-dub" is without a doubt, 311's worst song ever. Its terrible! The rest of the songs are good, and you might love this album if you are not a big fan of older 311 albums. Buy this album, don't listen to anyone who says you shouldn't buy this! Try it yourself, and keep this in mind...This album was good enough to go platinum, give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply put, an amazing album
Fans who jumped aboard the 311 bandwagon after their mainstream success with the blue album, beware. This, their fourth and by far the longest major label record, sounds nothing like its predecessor. First off, the amount of rapping between Nick Hexum and SA Martinez is not as great in supply; instead the two vocalists dare to show off their true vocal talents by singing the majority of this album. From beginning to end, this CD will make you feel like you're floating somewhere in outer space, especially the outro which features an actual recording of sound in outer space.
There's a hidden intro (as the first song gets ready to begin, rewind the CD about 1:42) that kicks off the album with a sudden blast. The track listing:

Transistor: a great rocker that shifts into a reggae-style beat towards the end and back again.
Prisoner: a reggae-influenced song showing off the vocal talents of Hexum and Martinez.
Galaxy: a hard rockin' one with SA's cool rapping
Beautiful Disaster: a rocker with hints of reggae and a cool opening by Tim Mahoney.
Inner Light Spectrum: a slower, softer song featuring SA's calm, soothing singing.
Electricity: a good song with Hexum on vocals.
What Was I Thinking: an aggressive outburst with a great bass line and Hexum's distorted vocals.
Jupiter: another good one with Hexum and Martinez. I just love the guitars on this one.
Use of Time: starts out acoustic with Hexum's singing, then goes into a pair of Tim Mahoney guitar solos. One of my favorite 311 songs.
The Continuous Life: a spacey opening which shifts into the rapping of Martinez. Great lyrics on this one.
No Control: starts with Hexum singing, then goes right into SA rapping. A cool rocker.
Running: another spacey opening. I just love this song.
Color: an interesting instrumental that makes a great transition into the next song.
Light Years: a spooky, Halloween-ish guitar line with Hexum on vocals.
Creature Feature: starts out lightly with SA singing, then shifts to a dark, tense guitar feel.
Tune In: a great song with SA rapping the verses, then going into Nick on the chorus. Reminiscent of Down.
Rub a Dub: a nice, soft song with Hexum on vocals.
Starshines: starts with Hexum on the first two verses and chorus, then slows a bit for Martinez's part.
Strangers: a cool funky beat with Hexum rapping.
Borders: an awesome, hard-rockin' song with Nick and SA bouncing off each other vocally.
Stealing Happy Hours: a soft, relaxing bit with Hexum on vocals.

I love to listen to this CD at night with all the lights off, all other noises drained out, while staring into the star-filled night sky. Pick up this CD and try it for yourself. You won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very GOOD ALBUM
I love this album! It has all of the songs that we have come to know 311 by! FANTASTIC! Good Job Nick! ... Read more

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