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Evolver [Enhanced]

311 Audio CD
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1. Creatures (For A While)
2. Reconsider Everything
3. Crack the Code
4. Same Mistake Twice
5. Beyond the Gray Sky
6. Seems Uncertain
7. Still Dreaming
8. Give Me a Call
9. Don't Dwell
10. Other Side of Things
11. Sometimes Jacks Rule the Realm

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It takes some nerve nicking an album title from the Beatles, even in a slightly modified state. But since this Omaha, Nebraska band went through so many significant changes leading up to the release of its seventh studio album, at least it's a logical move. The aggressive Woody Woodpecker-style lyrical play and needling funk core of career lows, 1997's Transistor and 1999's Soundsystem, are toned down, replaced by a more sophisticated sound that stretches the group's well-trounced reggae-rap-rock template to include wisps of electronica and soul. The members of 311 still aspire to be half-as-clever as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but finally seem satisfied in their on skin on tracks such as "Creatures (For a While)" and the emotional "Beyond the Gray Sky." The psychedelic experiment "Seem Uncertain," meanwhile, merely lives up to its title. Producer Ron Saint Germain (Creed, Living Colour) has obviously taken significant strides in shaking the band up. This album points the way forward. --Aidin Vaziri

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4.0 out of 5 stars Evolver review July 15 2004
By Albert
Format:Audio CD
"Evolver" is a very, well, evolved sound for 311, and it's a great album, but not quite defined yet. However, it is a great basis for what can be an astounding new sound for this terrific band.
1.Creatures (For A While) - 5/5. Great rocker. Many changes, but all are catchy and goes back to 311's roots.
2.Reconsider Everything - 3.5/5. Good song, not one of the best on the cd, but not bad.
3.Crack the Code - 5/5. GREAT song. One of my personal favorite 311 songs. Great lyrics and awesome vocals from S.A., he shines on this one.
4.Same Mistake Twice - 3/5. Although I like it when they play live, it seems really misplaced on this cd, ok song though.
5.Beyond the Gray Sky - 4/5. Nice song, with great lyrics. Very chill and laid back with a nice guitar solo props to Tim.
6.Seems Uncertain - 4.5/5. Very nice, acousic mellow song, although something missing from making it a GREAT song.
7.Still Dreaming - 3/5. Doesn't fit well with the rest of the album, kinda feels like filler, but ok song
8.Give Me A Call - 4.5/5. I like this song a lot, one of the songs i look forward to hearing when listening to the CD.
9.Don't Dwell - 4/5. Good song, not great, but good.
10.Other Side Of Things - 5/5. AWESOME song. Very oldschool 311, but sounds just gets you pumped out, which 311 does perfectly
11.Sometimes Jacks Rule The Realm - 4.5/5. I've never heard a song quite like this from 311, but it works very well, I'd like to hear more songs like this by them.
So there you have it 45.5/55 (82.7%). A good 311, but not a great one. It is worth your money if you're a fan, go buy!
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It has been one year (effective July 22nd) since 311 have released the 41-minute masterpiece "Evolver" in the United States. Officially, Nielsen Soundscan (tm) reports the album resides in the collections of just over 310 000 souls (a figure that squawks to the record companies the relative success of a record), still failing to score yet another Gold record for a band that currently owns six for its audio recordings.

However, as fans will point out, after a year in the happy clutches of dreamers, thinkers, and the like, Evolver continues to deliver a hit for the soul.
Opening the set are the addictive hooks and shifting time signitures of "Creatures (For A While)," a song that soared and faded fast in the hot August sun last year. I still get pumped to that song when biking to work; it is a arm-pumping shot of funk/rock-rap adrenaline that leaves you asking for an encore. The following track, "Reconsider Everything" is lead singer Nick Hexum's face-value, Orwell-recalling assessment of the demolition of a free-thought society. "Crack The Code" promptly shifts the aura to funk-reggae and exhibits SA Martinez's vocal versatility well in his trademark, spacey lyrical style. The bashing, pre-chorus guitars and effortless [drummer Chad] Sexton rolloffs are perfect summer jam material. The Beatlesque "na-nahs" on "Same Mistake Twice" bridge near-staccato riffs (a la "Flowing" from Soundsystem, for those who know what I mean) of the chorus and a bouncing guitar-wall. Notably, the second single "Beyond The Gray Sky," (which did poorly on the charts) with its soulful dub and exploding solos, remind one of the sun bursting through a wall of cumulonimbi. This is undoubtedly the album's climax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 311 with a bit of a Beatles vibe June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I think this CD is amazing and shows the unique evolution from rap rock to where they are now. Noone is like 311. Nick Hexum is a wonderful singer and lyricist. Tim Mahoney is possibly the most underrated guitarist out there. P-Nut continues to beat that thang. SA can really sing, believe it or not. Chad Sexton is a fantastic drummer.
1. Creatures (For A While)-4.5/5.. I played it to much, catchy and a very good song.
2. Reconsider Everything-5/5.. Great song, one of the better songs on the CD.
3. Crack the Code-4/5.. Seemed like it would be a single, but wasnt. I think SA shines through with his singing on this song.
4. Same Mistake Twice-3/5.. My least favorite song on the CD, its not bad, but it gets very repitive. Solid, but not good.
5. Beyond the Gray Sky-5/5.. Amazing song, about Nick Hexum's best friend who committed suicuide. Probably the most emotional 311 song ever.
6. Seems Uncertain-5/5.. Im a sucker for acoustic and I love this song. This song has always reminded me of the Beatles.
7. Still Dreaming-5/5.. Lyrically one of the better songs.
8. Give Me A Call-5/5.. Another song that I always thought had single written all over it. Catchy.
9. Don't Dwell-4.5/5.. Awesome bass opening by P-Nut. Up tempo.
10. Other Side of Things-5/5.. Heaviest rocker.
11. When Jacks Rule the Realm-5/5.. Has a old rock vibe to it. Musically, the best song on the CD.
311 is the most positive band out there, they are very underrated and as a hardcore fan, that doesn't bother me. I don't really want 311 to be the trendy thing to listen to, I want my music. Its good to know though, they aren't going to sell out (like Limp Bizkit). They care about being on MTV, if they get on great, if not, who cares? 311 has an amazing underground following, thats getting bigger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
this is the best cd from 311. every song it awsome. my favorite is seems uncertain its a slower acoustic song. i think the vocals are the best on this album. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by A. Macmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars A record for the summer
I was never really a fan of 311 until I heard "Creatures (For a While)." The song had to grow on me at first, but I learned to love it. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Sven_96
5.0 out of 5 stars 311 is the bomb
311 is the a collection of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. Anyone that puts down 311 is a dimwit and suspected head trauma casualty in the gulf war. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by cuckooooooo
1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell?
I was listening to this cd, and it was alrite at first...THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN SOME GUY STARTS RAPPING, WAT THE HELL!! Read more
Published on May 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in a long time
I love 311 and this is their best albumn since "311." I saw them in concert when they first released it and stopped and bought it on the way home. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Samatha Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars they still handle the funk!
311 has been one of my favorite bands for years. In my opinion they join the likes of great bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, and Incubus. Read more
Published on May 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars How to enjoy songs from every 311 cd...
I'll admit, its hard to get a bead on 311. With their different mixes of beats and styles, some fans might be turned off by their lack of consistancy. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars "Comes and goes sometimes"
It's funny, because in 311's lead single from Evolver, "Creatures (For a While)", Nick sings in the pre-chorus: "Comes and goes, it comes and goes... Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Sheila Doki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great release from a band I just became a fan of
This cd rocks. More importantly, this band rocks. I just got into 311 after hearing this cd. What I really like about this cd is that the message of it is very positive. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Poncho
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better with each album
311 once again delivers a terrific album that's fun for anyone who'll give it a listen. From the opening of "Creatures" to the mellow-turned-breakdown of "Sometimes... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Ruc A Buc
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