Anyone that has followed 311 from their first studio album "Music," which was originally released in 1993 but re-released in 1996, knows how versatile the sounds of 311 can be. And to me, the sounds they try to go for on this album only work part of the time. S.A. and Nick write some of the worst lyrics, but come back with some of the best.
Take for instance in "Champagne," S.A. says, "Ya know, loving me isn't easy, I'm home the next thing I'm leaving, when I look at you, it's like praying with my eyes." Those are quite possibly the best words S.A. has ever penned, better than the sometimes annoying rap lyrics he comes up with. "Amber," though it was overplayed, is always going to be a great song. "I Told Myself" is a really good song, hitting every aspect that 311 used to be about, and adding a new side to it all. "I'll Be Here Awhile" is the closer, and the beat is terrible, way too fast. If you get a chance, download the acoustic version. This is much more musically sound and a completely different song, they transformed it into one worth listening to. The album overall is filled with very weak efforts, even if it may be their hardest rocking with songs like "Full Ride" and "Sick Tight."
I love 311, I have loved 311 since "Grassroots" in 1994, which is my favorite disc all time of their's. This one was a major disappointment to me, and from people I've talked to, most 311 fans also did not truly enjoy this. Thanks to their follow up, the newly released "Evolver," their career is back in full swing, which is a relief for this 311 fan, because many did not think they could return after the dismal effort known simply as "From Chaos."