First of all, I want to say something. This one person wrote a review and titled it "Good California music." Why do you call it California music when the 5 members of this band hail from a town named Omaha, Nebraska? Some people may have heard of it through the College World Series, but I knew where it was on the map because of this band, 311.
Soundsystem was released a couple years after "Transistor," and many people at the high school I attended questioned me with, "Are you serious? 311 is still around?" Well, with this album, it proved that they were around, wanted to "Come Original," wanted to stay for a while. This is a very eclectic grouping of musical styles, but showcases what 311 is about perfectly. From the dancehall oriented "Come Original" to the cover of Fishbone's "Leaving Babylon." The complex drum patterns throughout the CD let drummer Chad Sexton show off a bit, but he also shows that the drums can be very simple, and the song can still be great, as heard on "Flowing." Nick Hexum writes some great lyrics, especially for the aforementioned song. "Tick, tick, tick the clock bludgeons your mind/Endlessly replaying times that were unkind." "Mindspin" shows off some of their musical talents with some great chords in the breakdown. The success of these songs is hampered by the tracks that really have no point. "Life's Not A Race" and "Livin' and Rockin'" are just terrible songs. Although the second of the two is a fast, extremely hard song, that doesn't necessarily mean it is worth listening to all the time.
But amidst the worthless songs are some true beauties, wonderful 311 music. Pick this one up, it is a great 311 album to begin your collection. And after you hear this, you'll want to start a collection!