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Soundsystem [Explicit Lyrics]

311 Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Freeze Time
2. Come Original
3. Large in the Margin
4. Flowing
5. Can't Fade Me
6. Life's Not a Race
7. Strong All Along
8. Sever
9. Eons
10. Evolution
11. Leaving Babylon
12. Mindspin
13. Livin' & Rockin'

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When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman

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5.0 out of 5 stars 311is all always up for kickin April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge 311 fan! They are awesome in concert. Every fan must own this album. It has the standard great tracks that all true 311 fans love. 311 is the perfect mix between pump you up feel good music, and their signature chillin style that melts away the stress and chaos in our lives. Stay positive and love your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great 311 album March 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Every CD that 311 has put out is great, although none of them sound the same. This CD has perhaps the greatest diversity of any of their albums, which is saying a lot because 311 is the most diverse band there is. Here is a description of each track:
(1) Freeze Time - This song has a great palm-muted guitar intro and just rocks really hard all the way through. Although I can't say it is the best first song on any of their albums because how can you say which song is best out of Welcome, Homebrew, Down, Transistor, Freeze Time, You Get Worked, and Creatures?
(2) Come Original - The first song released on the radio from this album, this song tells entertainers to be creative and do something original (like 311 does). I love the 'hawaiian guitar' part.
(3) Large in the Margin - I don't have any idea how they write these songs. Listen to the guitar at the beginning and the melody Nick sings over it and ask yourself how they could have come up with that.
(4) Flowing - A song I probably didn't really appreciate fully until I saw them play it live at the warped tour. Perfect for jumping up and down to it.
(5) Can't Fade Me - This song is hard and fast with great rapping by Nick and SA. Great lyrics.
(6) Life's Not a Race - A song that is impossible for a person to not like. Tim plays three guitar solos in the Santana style.
(7) Strong All Along - My favorite song on the album along with Eons. This song is just really cool.
(8) Sever - A great rock song with an incredible guitar solo at the end to finish it off.
(9) Eons - My favorite song on the album along with Strong All Along. This song has deep low guitar chords and beautiful melodies sung by Nick.
(10) Evolution - The lyrics to this one are hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album Feb. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Soundsystem is my first and only 311 album, and I bought it after my sister told me all about them. They are definitely one of the greatest bands of our time, and don't get nearly enough radio play as they should, although maybe that's a good thing. To tell you the truth, I decided on this album only because I liked the cover, and I knew any album by them I would get would be great. Iw as happily surprised by the album. "come original" which to my knowledge was the only single off the album is a great song, although it repeats itself a lot. "Strong all along" comes close to ska, but then again, most of the songs do, but they're much more laid back than ska which is nice. "Life's not a race" is slow and sounds kind of like really slow latin music without the trumpets (that's a realy terrible explanation) but take my word for it, it's a great song.
I really liked how Nick's echoing and sort of unconscious (at times) singing goes really well and varies it up with the verses of rapping by SA. I definitely recommend this album for anyone that likes 311 and anyone that likes funk/reggae/alt-metal. even if you don't like 311, you might like at least a few of the songs on this album, because it covers so much area with each of it's 13 songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 311 freakin' rocks!! Feb. 12 2004
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
I love 311. I think that this album, with the exception of their debut "Music", is their best album. What makes this band so great is that they are so DIFFERENT from everybody else. You hear a 311 song and you know that it's them. The music on "Soundsystem" is so diverse and has so many different styles on it. They are also a very rare band that continues to put out great records throughout their career. All their cd's are really good, from Music to Evolver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soundsystem the Best 311 Album Ever Jan. 10 2004
By Zach
Format:Audio CD
How can I begin to express in words the excellence of this album? Every song brings something great to the table, and the wide variety of music styles makes sure every fan is pleased. This album contains a great mix of rock, rap, and reggae, among other styles. Nick Hexum and SA make for possibly the greatest singing duo in one band in the music industry today. Their amazing lyrical thought shines through on this album. Whether you're listening to the great "Come Original," "Sever" (which is probably the best song I've ever heard in my life), or "Freeze Time," you're craving for excellent music will be satisfied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soundsystem = Great Jan. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
311's follow up to 97's Transistor is just as good as any other 311 album. The only real problem I have with anything from this album is that some of the lyrics seem forced or superficial.
Even so, this album contains a few of the best 311 songs to date. Strong All Along, Eons, and Life's Not A Race are all excellent songs (and good for meditation as well).
If you love 311 you will love this, and even if you are not a 311 die-hard, I think you will still enjoy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work from A Great Band Oct. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
Soundsystem, 311's 1999 album in which my favorite 311 album next to Grassroots,and Music. This Album has a great mix of Rap,rock,punk,and reggea and other words everything that makes a great album songs like Flowing, Sever, Eons, Come Original, and Freeze Time are some of the great tracks on the Cd, With Nick Hexum's singing and P-Nut's Bass puts the music and beat and makes it sound real good and something you can sit back and relax too.
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