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Transistor [Explicit Lyrics]

311 Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Transistor
2. Prisoner
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4. Beautiful Disaster
5. Inner Light Spectrum
6. Electricity
7. What Was I Thinking
8. Jupiter
9. Use Of Time
10. Continuous Life, The
11. No Control
12. Running
13. Color
14. Light Years
15. Creature Feature
16. Tune In
17. Rub A Dub
18. Starshines
19. Strangers
20. Borders
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5.0 out of 5 stars definitely deserves more than five stars March 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of 311 since I first heard the 'Blue Album' at a friend's house in 1996. I went out and bought that album, as well as 'Grassroots' and 'Music' right away, and when I found out they were coming out with 'Transistor' I went out and bought it right when it came out. It was then, and always has been, not only my favorite 311 album, but my favorite album ever. I must admit though that Evolver may be tied with this album as the best ever. You can't beat 21 tracks with drums, guitar, and bass better than any other rock band out there can do, and creative and positive lyrics and mixing of styles. Is there a better song than Use of Time? I doubt it. I love every track on this album and I find it difficult to fathom anyone who doesn't like 311 or who claims to like them but doesn't like this album. These people do not understand music. 'You're a transistor - Lightning resistor - Conducting to the mother star - That's what you are...'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Along with Soundsystem, the best of 311.... Jan. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of the best ones that 311 has ever done. TRANSISTOR and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER are instant classics. It seems that 311 was coming into their prime with this album, since only Soundsystem (the follow up to this album) has been the only one to really match it, in my opinion.
This album combines all of the good aspects of 311: hard rock, Carribean/Reggae influences, and good lyrics to create a great flow...and a highly listenable set of tunes. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best 311 album, and best album ever! May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
I need to keep this short, and I will write a blow-by-blow of all the songs when the time presents itself.
Simply put: If you like real, poignant, timeless music then this album is for you. If you think that 311 never existed before "Down" topped the charts in '95, then skip this one.
Take it from a psychotically objective, 11-year-fan, writer, and longtime bassist.
I really wish I could give this album 5 stars...but I cannot, because there are inded some weak tracks on this one. But, unlike most critics and fans who said that the album should have been cut in half, I only see about 5-6(out of 21 total, 22 if you include the Intro) tracks that I would have left out...and even they have their merits. Had this album been released with the standard 12-15 (best)tracks that one usually finds on a 311 album, it would be a 5-star album. The music still holds everything over current music standards, being largely a mishmash of reggae, hip-hop, and art-house rock, with only really 3-4 songs that harken the hyper-aggro-rap style found on the Blue album(which, in contrast to the person who actually ranked this album as the weakest, "Blue" was their weakest album IF you actually compare both musicianship and songwriting, not b/c it was your first exposure to the group. I'm not saying that you are not entitled to you opinion, but people seem to forget that that is just that, an opinion...and in this case, that person is just wrong, that is why we call them 'opinions', becase they are not 'facts'.).
This CD is 7 yrs old and I have yet to get tired of the best tracks. What seems like trite, beaten-to-the-ground music by today's standards is actually some of the best and longest lasting stuff to come from this group(think "Angel Dust" by Fatih No More).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, smooth, a very distinct 311 album March 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've got a problem with most music critics. People keep saying 311 are just remaking their music over and over through their 15+ years. But when you mix their musical talents and they're own genre-breaking formula of hip-hop vocal work with the unique stylings of Nick and SA's, smooth guitar work by Tim (This album proves it), bass like only P-Nut can, and flawless drum work by Chad, 311 does own this genre of music. They built it ever since their Omaha days, and they continue to expound on it, no matter how much you think they keep redoing songs. Every album has it's own flavor, EVERY album. If you try to deny it, you're simply lying to yourself.
Now onto the album review. Transistor is by far the most experimental 311 disc that has been done. 21 tracks clocking over an hour. Rocking from the title track (Personally one of my favorite 311 songs), 311 still proves they can shake you up and get you movin. Switching back and forth, their songs move between their own potent rockin that kinda relates back to the latter tracks on the s/t CD, and the spaced out, deeply reverberated and lightened songs that drop one back into the 8:16 A.M. style of song but with a stronger beat and better production. One reviewer said "Rub a Dub" was the worst 311 song ever. Is that why they played the song on their Summer 2003 tour at 7 shows? 311 writes songs they enjoy playing, not because they will sell. The songs seamlessly flow together, and perhaps that's why people are not appreciative of it. Few of these songs could be on the radio, no doubt, but aren't most fans more appreciative of those tracks.
I've been listening to 311 for about 9 months, I've got them all minus the early Omaha sessions. Rating the 7 CD's:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very GOOD ALBUM
I love this album! It has all of the songs that we have come to know 311 by! FANTASTIC! Good Job Nick!
Published on June 22 2004 by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Still hard to top
With a 311 show fast approaching to Milwaukee's Summerfest, I wanted to make sure I was up to date on all their material. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Brett Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Trippy!!!
This Album is quite good!!! At first it's sound like a bit of a mission to get into but in the end it's worth it!!! Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by "simonnetta"
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Worst...
Transistor is my favorite 311 album, and most of Soundsystem a close second.
Published on June 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars It's everything "311".
I wouldn't say this is my favorite of theirs, but it is an extremely good disc. Two things are for sure, at 21 tracks it's their longest album, and it's also their most diverse... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by H3@+h
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest 311 Album
I have been a huge 311 fan for many years, and I still maintain that Transistor is their worst album. Read more
Published on April 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Transistor
the first album that got me into 311 was 'from chaos' which is a great album and then 'evolver' also a great album. then i decided to check out 'music' and 'transistor'. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by 311_stylee
5.0 out of 5 stars If you fear change, fear this.
Transistor was and still is one of 311's best works. The album is a testament to the variety of styles that 311 can play, and not only that, but play them well. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Terry S.
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