First of all, I would like to point out that one of my least favorite styles of music is rap. I don't disrespect any artists in the genre, yeah, they've made something out of it. I just don't enjoy it as much as some people do. When I listened to 311, I was surprised to hear the pronounced rap influence in a lot of the songs. With that fact in mind, I enjoyed most of the slower, reggae/ska songs, such as All Mixed Up, Purpose, Don't Stay Home, and Sweet. But don't get me wrong, I liked more than that!
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!