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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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).Read more ›
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:
4.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on June 18 2004 by Brett Long
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 morePublished on June 9 2004
Transistor is my favorite 311 album, and most of Soundsystem a close second.Published on June 4 2004
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 morePublished on April 19 2004 by H3@+h
I have been a huge 311 fan for many years, and I still maintain that Transistor is their worst album. Read morePublished on April 17 2004
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 morePublished on March 18 2004 by 311_stylee