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.