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Don't Tread On Me [Content/Copy-Protected CD]

311 Audio CD
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1. Don't Tread On Me
2. Thank Your Lucky Stars
3. Frolic Room
4. Speak Easy
5. Solar Flare
6. Waiting
7. Long For The Flowers
8. Getting Through To Her
9. Whiskey & Wine
10. It's Getting OK Now
11. There's Always An Excuse

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Don't Tread On Me resonates sound and energy the 311 way. Despite the brooding attitude of the grunge movement and the angst of the rap-rock movement, 311 has always stayed true to their own approach and their underlying message of unity and positivity. Because of their unique sound (mixing rock, hip-hop, reggae & funk), and because they have always maintained a balance of hard rocking songs and melodic, mellow gems the band has developed a rather diverse fan base from rock fans, punk fans, jam-band fans, pop fans, hip-hop fans to reggae fans, etc. BMG. 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Treading Can Be So Much Fun... Sept. 3 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is not great, sorry not great its fabulous. It contains some great songs ie 'dont tread on me', 'thank your lucky stars' and 'speak easy' to mention a few, not only that but like most times after a new 311 album comes out, they have unleashed a quirky, different but awesome style.. so basically they have changed, once again. But this has 2 be the biggest style change of all their albums. Its great to hear something new and a style taken with a risk of maybe losing some 311 fans. Not me however, i still love em, but they have encouraged me to love them even more.. its that good from my perspective. A rated song list from me shall be out soon.. so watch out 311 fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more mature 311.. but still excellent stuff Sept. 13 2005
By D. Wicker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In their new album, Don't Tread on Me, 311 predominantly show their collective mellower side. It's not a bad thing by any means. But the album is slower, has much less rapping, and much more of an "island" feel to it. It's an incredibly great album to simply chill out to. But after hearing so many of their albums that incorporate elements of rock, rap, reggae, and punk, one can only wonder why they toned down the party atmosphere they became known for. The answer? They've grown up. The members are now all over 30 years old. Don't get me wrong, they still crush live. A 311 live show is like a 3 hour party that attracts all walks of life. But sometimes there's a need to just move on. AC\DC should explore this idea instead of putting out the same album 10 times over. 311 may be a little guilty of this in the past few releases. But Don't Tread On Me defies that perception with the breezy undertones of songs like "Frolic Room", "Speak Easy", and "Whiskey and Wine", the latter featuring an awesome reggae breakdown by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum.

I dock one star because the only trace of hip hop on this CD is found in "Solar Flare", a song I feel is not up to par with rap-tinged 311 classics like "Freak Out" and "Down". It only features singer/turntablist (I don't hear any scratching on this album?) SA Martinez doing the rap verses, and Nick singing pre-choruses. Subpar at best. So basically, we hear no Nick Hexum rapping at all on this CD. A shame, considering the white boy from Nebraska has some of the craziest flows to ever grace the industry (see the song "Hive" from their critically-acclaimed self-titled album - 10 years old and still light years ahead of most of the music industry).

But that doesn't stop me from enjoying this CD immensely. Tim Mahoney's crunchy guitar work on "Long For the Flowers" gives way to an almost Santana-esque solo that's all-too-short. Man, can that guy wail on guitar. Easily one of the most underrated guitarists of our day. P-Nut needs no introduction - listening to his string-slapping on "It's Getting OK Now" is downright delightful.

Excellent album from 311. It doesn't have the party feel that some old-schoolers are used to, but hell, I'm getting old too. While listening to Don't Tread on Me, one cannot help but feel the need for a white sandy beach, a rum punch, and bright sunshine - an immensely appealing thought.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic, tight and focused Oct. 20 2005
By The Assassin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Don't Tread On Me" shows 311 stomping over familiar musical territory with the greatest of confidence and precision, while at the same time adding a few new twists to their musical mix. The leadoff title track is a good indicator of where this album will head: its intro teases one with the promise of a good rock groove, then abruptly switches to a bouncy reggae vibe with typically tight drumming from Chad Sexton and an super-bouncy P-Nut bassline. "Thank Your Lucky Stars" may be one of 311's most poppy tunes, with an excellent chorus straight out of a classic-rock songbook. "It's Getting OK Now" gives Tim Mahoney a chance to stretch his chops, and "Solar Flare" begins with some excellent distorted bass and becomes the only real "classic" 311 rocker on this disc.

What some have taken issue with are the mellower, groovier tracks like "Waiting," "Getting Through To Her," and "Whiskey & Wine." If you are a fan of songs like "Amber," and "I'll Be Here Awhile," you'll like these songs, and this album. 311 gets credit for always sticking to their guns while exploring new songwriting and stylistic possibilities. The songcraft on this album is superb and mature, harmonically and melodically.

Musically, the singing on this album is the real standout, particularly Doug Martinez's vocals. He performs the only raps on the entire album ("Solar Flare"), but his voice has never sounded better, whether taking the lead on tracks like "Getting Through To Her" or harmonizing with Nick Hexum. Martinez is definitely the standout of this disc; buy for his vocal performance alone. Highly recommended 311 album.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature roots-rock reggae... Great for those who enjoy it. Aug. 16 2005
By Ben-Jammin' - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have seen many mixed opinions of the new album from 311 fans so far. I respect every opinion that is voiced, albeit negative rants tend to sound close-minded for the most part. As a fan of all musical styles (even including some country, death metal, and pop, but I favor mostly rock, funk, hip-hop, traditional jazz, reggae, ska, and punk), I thought I would offer my opinion of the album overall from a more positive perspective:

DTOM-- The first songs on the album is also the first radio single, which is, above all else, interesting. This song does have some captivating dynamics, and it sets the tone for the whole album: solid reggae and dancehall-influenced styles mixed with driving rock. This is what the band does well, and they certainly shine in doing so.

Thank You Lucky Stars-- From the main riff to the riff in the bridge, you can't help but think that you've heard this before. The riffs here can sound a bit mundane, but the vocals are definitely the song's saving grace. Simple, but very effective in the chorus. The overall vibe paints a luminous mental picture of everything that makes you thankful, which I believe was the songs' intention.

Frolic Room-- Although the familiar and sometimes repetitive groove-rock elements stick around in this song as well, I found the verses to be great. Very Clash-inspired. By this point in the album also, you can tell that this is both Nick and SA's best performance vocally to date. The harmonies are just on point, and they only get better.

Speak Easy-- Lots of layers make this very easy-breezy Carribean feel with the steel drum and the synth. The mix on this song was just great, as with so many layers, it could have easily sounded like to much, yet everything on this track was given room to breathe. I have heard some bashing of SA's singing on this, and I would like to explain what makes him sound so different and strange here: This is what "HEART" sounds like. There is a noticeable difference between when someone sings something that they think is kinda cool, and when they sing something they absolutely love. They lose all inhibition and just let it flow. Other singers that have this unbridled passion are Joe Strummer, Thom Yorke, Dave Matthews, Greg Gaffin, and Eddie Vedder. SA makes his mark here as the next great rock singer.

Long for the Flowers-- Very nice to hear something from the Transistor era resurrected. The technical guitar licks in the transitions can be tricky to sing over, but Nick and SA found the missing elements that made it the great song it is now. This really fits the album in context as well.

Solar Flare-- I like the openess of the lyrics that criticize pop culture as it is now. You can feel the frustration, and there is nothing wrong with that. Great riff too, this song really grooves hard, but there is also some new and interesting sounds that show that they werent about to completely remake their old stuff... great combination of hard rock and experimentation.

Waiting-- One of my favorites on the album. The most Beatle-esque thing that they've done, and I feel they did it well. Almost like an ode to "Obla-Di-Obla-Da" with the skanked-up pop style.

Getting Through To Her-- Great song. Reminds me a little bit of Flaming Lips and the Cure. Great song flow and consistent mood. Feels very honest, and not the least bit contrived. Also SA at his peak, cannot give his performance enough props.

Whiskey and Whine-- I like the chord progression, but I do think this could have been done better. I'm thinking more dynamics with keyboard and vocals that escalate a bit stronger from beginning to end. In the more stripped, reggae based part, Im not sure what to think of Nick's psuedo Rastafarian inspired rhymes, but then again, I dont know what else would have fit better either. He actually sounded more natural faking a Carribean accent than trying to pull off old-school Vanilla Ice style rapping a-la Dammit, so can't knock him for evolving.

It's Getting OK Now-- Awesome! Two thumbs up!! This is 311 groove rock as its meant to be: SICK! It may have that infectious groove, but the riffs here are more headbanging and genuine. Tim rips it up on this one too with his licks and fills, it kinda reminds me of a cross between T&P Combo and WYMU. Kudos on waking us up here with a punch in the face.

Theres Always An Excuse When You Need One-- Reminiscent of Evolvers' "Jacks" in length and album-closing ballad status, this is a lot more original and unique. I love how it goes from easy and sleepy in the beginning, starts to get loud, then quiets back down for the 2nd verse... great dynamics. Then they switch it up with distorted guitars, transitioning into a funky reggae dub-line. Very clever song overall, and a fitting close to the album.

This album has a nice consistency from its artwork to the feel of the music. It's almost as if 311 pushed the release date a little further on purpose, as the music (although possessing very tropical, easy-going elements) has a sort of a darker, autumn melancholy to it that brings a stronger warmth and vulnerability to the listening experience (abstract I know, but you can't help but notice some nostalgia when its present). I feel like this album should have been called Evolver, because this is where 311 really pushes themselves, and the band is seen at its peak. We know they can throw down hard rock (Music, 311, From Chaos) and we know they can experiment (Grassroots, Transistor, Evolver), but this is where they have mastered both down to a science. This is definitely SA's breakthrough album, and it's great to here him sing so passionately all the way through. This group of songs really reminds me of Transistor, but unfortunately, it is much shorter in length. Fans who only like this band for its hard, driving, rap-rock songs may be disappointed by the album's mellow tones. True 311 fans, however, will not be disappointed; this album truly has a little something for everybody.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen... It's different... but still fantastic! Aug. 26 2005
By avalonzero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Look, 311 gets probably one of the most mixed reviews as a band that I have ever seen. Half love the reggae-dub influence and half love the rap-rock style. I love both and appreciate what these guys bring to the table from both sides. I see reviews bashing this saying it isn't up to par with "classic" 311. I disagree. I think the old "blue" album sound was getting stale by the time "From Chaos" was released. They're maturing. It started with "Evolver" and continues with this album. They are moving to a more melodic and laid back style and I think it fits them well. Don't Tread On Me is a great example of how a band that has been together this long can adapt their styles and keep things fresh. I disagree 100% with the offical amazon review. This album is anything but rehashed old material. They sound so much different now than 10 years ago and that's a great thing. People need to evolve. This album is much more mellow than any other 311 album but the quality is still there. While I agree that if you hated 311 before this album won't change your mind, as a huge 311 fan it is a step towards new ground and a really fresh sound and that is what will keep the "true" fans of 311 happy forever. I mean if you love their old sound so much pop in their old records!! My Highlights are: Don't Tread On Me, Frolic Room, Waiting, Speak Easy. Thumbs Way Up!!

PS: I LOVE "Transistor"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Tread On Them Sept. 7 2005
By TimeSpinster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was a great sucess. It's all about freedom, which is something everyone wants a little of. I think the band did an excellent job at showing how they feel.

"Don't Tread On Me" was an awesome song that'll always be loved by 311 fans everywhere. The words are in our hearts.

"Thank Your Lucky Stars" is something that we need to do. With all that's been happening in the world, we're lucky if we aren't as effected as some are (such as our poor brothers ans sisters in New Orleans). If we do have something wrong, think about it. It could be worse.

"Frolic Room" is a great song that has a lot to do with going out every night to parties when things are happening in another part of the world. We have to think 'What are we celebrating?'

"Speak Easy" is a personal favorite of mine. A lot of people, adults and teenagers alike, are scared of speaking thier minds. This song tell you that it's alright to show your opinions and if you do that you'll find it's a relief.

"Solar Flare" is the harder song of the album. It has to do with child abuse as well as political leaders. It shows about the hypocrisy of some leaders and some things that they're doing. Awesome song!

"Waiting" is a song that all of us can or will feel. Everyone has to wait for love or thier loves. But if you hold on, you'll find your waiting's worth while.

"Long For The Flowers" is a good song. Some long for the flowers while other get more from the time spent with one another. That's life.

"Getting Through To Her" is something that I find myself singing out of the blue. Great song!!!

"Whiskey and Wine" is an awesome song as well, another one of my personal favorites. Something went wrong in the relationship and now you try to drink it away. It's killing you to do so.

"It's Getting Okay Now" is about death and dying. They ponder over what's going to happen when they die. Catchy song.

"There's Always An Excuse" is another aweseome song. It's true, too. If you look hard enough, for every problem you have, there's an excuse. But you need to take back the slack, you're not the only one going through it.

311 did an awesome job, as usual, on this album. All of the songs have great beats, good lyrics, and catchy vibes. As always, they find a way into your hearts and give you an up-beat view. In the words of 311, "Stay positive and love your life."
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