i've been listening 311 religiously for 3 years now. it troubles me to think that there are people (freaks, if you will), who think that 'transistor' is 311's worst album. anyway, i could sit here and give my 2 cents on why 'transistor' is the best album. but i think the other reviews pretty much have that covered. heres my synopsis of all their albums, best to non-best.
Transistor - it took several listens to realize it, but this is definately 311's best. very eclectic album.
Grassroots - almost ties w/ 'transistor' as 311's best album.
Music - rocks 100% from beginning to end, no fillers whatsoever. although it lacks the depth that 'transistor' and 'grassroots' have.
From Chaos - solid.
Evolver - like 'music', theres no fillers on this one, brilliant album all around.
Self-Titled - really good album, but lacks the diversity found other 311 albums, alot of rap phrasing on this one.
Soundsystem - easily my least fav 311 album. not a terrible album by any means, just not as good as the others.