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Soundsystem Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (April 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00005ABI1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By A Customer on March 8 2004
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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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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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!
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I first heard this album by checking it out of the public library. It was awesome and I became a 311 fan right then. This album is good, not a song I don't like. My favorites are probably Freeze Time, Sever, Livin and Rockin, and Life's Not A Race (oh man that song is great). On here is a cover of Bad Brains' Leaving Babylon which is pretty cool. I own 3 copies of this. The first one I bought was edited (and that edition has the more convenient jewel case and way better disc art) but that copy is now broken. The second was the Japanese import with the bonus track Blizza (you can find that song on their official website) which has some nice variations to it that I like better than the US version (it includes a translated lyrics thing). The third was the cassete version (this has a variation in the cover art and I wanted to listen to it in the car). I eventually want to buy the now rare double vinyl LP. This album is really cool but once you own the whole catalog, its not the best and you won't listen to it often. This albums parental advisory is really bogus and I can see Japan was smart enough to realize that and remove it. It's only there cause of one word in Large in the Margin and mild use in Livin and rockin but the language is extremely mild and there are no bad themes. 311 puts out a positive message. Don't be fooled you parents! The bonus tracks Blizza, Seal The Deal and Cali Soca can be found on the bands website and the bonus track Dancehall is on the bonus cd that came with the Enlarged to Show Detail 2 dvd and vhs. For those 311 fans with a Playstation, this album is great to listen to while playing Spyro The Dragon (the first one). Great album.
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