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The reason this album should not be overlooked is because it allows people, such as myself, to get into 311. Grassroots is their best album, but its bad production and lack of catchiness make it harder for first-time listeners to get a feel for their music. I believe this because I recommended grassroots to two people and one liked it after repeated listens and the other listened to it once and tossed it.
Now I bet you are thinking to yourselves, if they did not like grassroots, then they should not listen to 311. Well, I don't know about you, but I can see how grasasroots can be inaccessible for many people to get into. This album gives them a taste of what 311 is about and shows varying types of styles while doing it. It also has excellent production and arguably their "tightest" album. Even though it has flaws( some of the lyrics seem too quickly implemented, Hive is the all-ime worst 311 song) it continues to be at the top of my list because it what introduced me to this great band.
When I think of 311, I think of this album because it is a definitive 311 album. Many people also feel that there is too much rap on this cd, but there is not a whole lot more than "grassroots.Read more ›
The hard rock songs on this album, thanks to SA, have rapping in them. Nick raps, too, but he grew out of that by From Chaos. Despite my dislike for rap, Down, one of 311's biggest hits, is a great song. The song, at first listen, doesn't seem like anything special, but then it's in your head all of a sudden. At least a minute of this song is guitar playing, but it's all good. The song injected with the most rap is definitely Hive. The rhymes made me laugh ("You're all up in the mix like f***in' Betty Crocker") and the song was surprisingly catchy. However, my favorite hard rock/rap songs were Misdirected Hostility and DLMD.
At the end of the short album, I was a little disappointed. I know that this album had the strongest rap influence of them all, but I still wanted more of the reggae/ska sound. I'm listening to a bunch more of their stuff on Napster, and I like what I'm hearing, hard rock sounds from Soundsystem, trippy beach sounds from Transistor, and pure amazingness from Grassroots. A.K.A. I'm buying them all. Rock on!
On this album, their third major label release, they decided to keep it simple and straight-forward with their sound. Tim only used his guitar (a PRS), octave pedal (which he uses on nearly every song), and amp (Mesa Boogie) and no other effects or anything. When the band followed this album up with Transistor it threw a lot of people off because Transistor has a totally different sound. In my opinion Transistor is the best album anyone has ever made, although Evolver may be tied.
Back to the album I'm reviewing - it is self-titled, and often called 'The Blue Album' by the band and fans. Here is a description of each song as best as I can give:
(1) Down - This song rocks so hard it is unbelievable. This is the song that was released as a single and made it to #1 on the charts and is the only 311 song a lot of people know. Characteristic positive message with fierce guitar riffs and rapping by SA and a great catchy chorus sung by Nick.
(2) Random - Starts with a drum beat only Chad would play, the chorus is interesting because it has Nick singing with SA rapping at the same time.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE, IF YOU'RE A REAL 311 FAN, YOU MUST AT LEAST HAVE THIS CD! SURE, THE SONGS AREN'T AS LONG AS ONE WOULD PROBABLY LIKE IT TO BE, BUT THEY'RE STILL SOME OF... Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
This cd really deserves more than I gave it but I get sick of people saying this is their best work. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Reuben Roa
This album is a pretty good rap/rock/reggae cd.From the melodic hard rock/rap opening"down"to laid back,smoke a joint to"purpose"this album is pretty good in... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004
I bought this CD not too long ago because I had a 311 craving and the CD store was all out of the 2 311 CDs that I really wanted (Transistor and Grassroots). Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by spacemanspiff
I wrote this review b/c i saw that that Autumn leaves dude was like, "don't buy aaannny 311 cds... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Willie
I had heard how great 311 is from a lot of my friends and i was expecting some good music. THEY THINK THEY CAN RAP!!! hahaha that is some bad rap rock.... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003
This CD is one of the best in my collection. I bought it in 1997 and have listened to it regularly ever since. This 311 CD is full of hits. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Bierman
Simply put, this album is one that put 311 on the map for many in 1996, a year after it was released, when the singles "Down" and "All Mixed Up" went into heavy rotation. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Francis-Saint
I first got this cd probably five years ago, did what most of the kids my age did then and listened to the single, and put it down. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Chris