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|8. Never Ending Summer|
|9. Two Drops In The Ocean|
|10. Something Out Of Nothing|
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Limited deluxe CD/DVD edition includes two bonus audio tracks plus a bonus 70+ minute DVD. 2009 album from the Al-Rockers Uplifter is 311's ninth album, produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Cult) at the band's LA area residence/studio The Hive. Uplifter will satisfy longtime followers while serving to grow their tribe, exposing a new generation to 311's music and their hopeful message of vitality and unity.
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I'm 24. This is an honest review (and most importantly, a *non-hateful, non-slanted review*) from a longtime, unashamed 311 follower who remembers listening and calling-in to radio stations for hours to hear "All Mixed Up" and "Down" in 4th grade because my parents wouldn't let my buy the 'Blue Album' due to the Parental Advisory sticker.
These are my 3 cents. This is straight-musical-talk. Take em or leave em.
A certain sect of "old skool" (I hate this term, by the way) 311 fans have been saying for about 8 years now that "311 is in a rut," and I agree. 311 is in a rut, and I don't know if they're capable of getting out. I hope they can. I am hopeful.
I don't straight up dislike this album, but i'm not very thrilled with it beyond the first 5 songs. It starts to taper off. Parts of the album all-over get my head nodding, but it's shortlived. There are no "Welcomes" or "Full Rides" or "Guns" or "Applied Sciences" or "Rub-a-Dubs" that just instantly grab me within the first 20secs. I kinda have to be like "oh, ok, this is starting to get alittle interesting here, ok."
The start of the album I do enjoy, through "Indica Ink," and even "Daisy Cutter."
I start to clash with it at "Too Much Too Fast." I don't get that song at all.
I like the musical structure of songs like "Never Ending Summer"/"Jackpot"/"Something Out of Nothing," BUT i find myself being disappointed with the lyrics (especially those second two). I'm really having a hard time meshing with the jam/heavy sound and the "Ohh Ohhhs," "Everybody Jump!"s, and dumbed-down lyrics.......
Like Seriously: "Maaagic, Something out of Nothingg! The par-a-normal be-came nor-mal." Really? "Paranormal became normal?" You couldn't have gotten alittle more crafty or articulate with that? I know you could've made that flow better.
Or how about the "Crack-a-up a Coconut and Twist-a-up a Lime." That line just puts a big DENT in the song for me, unfortunately. ANY song that wants to be viewed of and taken seriously as "hard" needs NOTHING to do with coconuts and limes. And the "Everybody Say! Oooh OOOh." Total filler. Put some thoughtful lyrics in there and interest me MUCH MORE.
And the "Suuumeerrr, never ending suuummerrr, it's our tiiime, all the time, Nanana Nanana." It sounds like it's some kind of a schoolyard-playground-chant.
I apologize fans, I'm just having a big clash between the music and message on a good 1/3 of this album. It's like i need to mute-out some of the lyrics to be able to take the music more seriously.
The most meaningful/serious lyric I've gotten was "One song can end a war." And that's just 2 lines, compared to the repetitive "Oohhs" and "nananas."
...I haven't been overly thrilled about a 311 album since 'From Chaos.' I feel like 'From Chaos' was the last time they really "brought it" (leaving "Amber" aside).
None of their music since then has really made me want to jump like "You Get Worked"/"Full Ride"/"Sick Tight"/"Wake Your Mind Up." And I really want to feel that way about their music again.
BUT 'From Chaos' was a double-edged sword(!)
Alot of fans had been saying it for a long time back when 'Evolver' came out, that "'Amber' was the song that should've never been." And I didn't really see it back then, but it's true.
..."Champagne" was much better, more thought, more class, more mature....but "Amber" was the ONE SONG that took 311 down the whole "Love Song"/love-fest/tropical-fest path that 311 seems to want to appeal to now, over the past 3 albums at least.
To me, that one song marks the beginning of that "311 rut" many speak of.
I've watched it happen before my eyes.
I started to seriously follow 311 in '97 when 'Transistor' rolled out. They carried a big skater/surfer/biker/stoner scene (at least here around NC and VA), and I was totally a part of it.
I saw them for the 1st time in 2001 right after 'From Chaos' dropped, and the "scene" was very prevalent. It was about "ROCK." It was about "JAM." It was "FUNK." It was pretty awesome.
....I've seen 311 5 times since that show, and that "late 90's scene" that was such a force back then is becomming less and less.
It's kinda sad to watch and experience. Where there used to be alot of sceners and stoners jammin' in the crowd, They've been weeded-out by boyfriends and girlfriends holding hands on date night. It's changed.
*311 used to be on the same stages as Rage Against the Machine and Deftones and Pearl Jam. They used to be in a copycat-of-style war with SUBLIME. Bands i refer to as 90's Powers.*
Now they gang up with your Jack Johnsons, Dispatches, OARs and Kings of Leons (not that that's bad, just not the same, except OAR does suck). And I could care less for SnoopDogg.
Can you not see the shift in power and influence as far as ROCK goes? RATM alone makes my point. 311 was once in that boat.
"Getting old and maturing" has nothing to do with it. TOOL has been getting old and maturing for as long as 311 has, and their edge is just as sharp (arguably sharper) than it was in '95.
311 needs to regain that sharpness and edge somehow.
Sure. I'm sure over time this album will grow, as music typically does.
But I already have that feeling that I will continue to be more devoted to their previous music, and I hate feeling disappointed like that.
I'm not hating, fans. Do see that. I just want 311 to reimpress me again. Take another ballsy chance like 'Transistor' or 'Kid A' or 'Lateralus' and grab somebody's attention again. Regrab that legendary status that I used to see.
Interestingly, I've read a lot of other reviews from professional critics that have ranged from "Good album" to "should never have been made". Looks like the customers for the most part are on the same page. 311 has always been one of those groups you either love or hate, and their albums have always been reviewed the same way.
Look up 311's reviews on the Rolling Stone. None of them are favorable, yet 311 has sold almost 10 million copies of their music in one form or another, and continues to pack concerts and tours.
I usually do a track by track breakdown, but since that has already been done I won't go there. I'll just say that this album will continue their success. And here's my opinion of why:
1. Hey You has been a popular single. Although many old-school fans haven't liked it, to most people it has made the band interesting again, as so many of their singles have. It won't be the last popular single from this album as well. If you think of it, it still has the 311 style all over it, just maybe not in the way we're all used to it being in the past.
2. The album departs from their traditional 'album-rock' genre. As an old-school fan myself, I love the album rock of Grassroots/Transistor/Soundsystem and others. You can play those albums straight through, and your hardly if ever tempted to skip a track. But some of their most popular tracks came from albums that were not like this. Down, Amber, Love Song are all examples.
3. This album covers so many styles, if you are looking for variety, then you'll love it. 311 is notorious for mixing multiple sounds into one album, and even each song! But this goes beyond anything they have ever attempted to fuse together in their rock-fusion experiment. And they had great guidance from Bob Rock to make it work here.
4. Bob Rock knows how to single out an album. He's made so many albums famous because he understands how to get different singles to play on different stations because they match different genres and styles. At this point in 311's career, that's what they need to do, and I think they'll be successful at it here. And why not? He helped them get a big, wide sound on this album, both musically and technically speaking. If for nothing more, listen to the album on a real stereo or even surround system to hear the effect. Standard headphones need not apply to this album. It's like listening to sound on the big screen.
Lastly, most critics are very hard on 'experimental' music because they are writing for the masses. The masses can't handle fused, tricky, experimental, jazzy, muti-flavored, and 'unstructured' music. But if you have a musically trained ear beyond the standard person, this album and band are for you. If you love listening to the Lee Perry dub, dj/producer music, indie rock, or love to hear music that has energy when performed live, Uplifter is an album you'll like, and 311 is a band you'll love.
Not to take away from the other tracks, my favorite tracks from this album:
I Like The Way, a great funk influenced track
Jackpot, reflects on 311's old school style
Golden Sunshine - AMAZING
Sun Comes Through (Amazon Exclusive Track), reflects on 311's old school style, then mixes a new sound for 311 at the end.
Get Down, starts like a Jack Johnson track, then moves to rap-rock, then to alt-rock choruses. Awesome.
India Ink, reflects on 311's old school style
The band continues to explore new styles and clearly has mellowed out since their early days, but as we saw with Don't Tread on Me there is very little energy or edge to what they're doing now. Forget about rock, reggae, and rap, because you only get these in very small doses on Uplifter. P-Nutt has a cool bass solo in "It's Alright" and Chad stills lays down some good beats, but there is barely a song where all the elements come together. "Jackpot" is a solid song, and "India Ink" isn't too shabby but the rest lack substance.
If you liked Don't Tread on Me then you will probably enjoy this album as well. If you miss the style and intensity of their first 6 studio releases, then save your time and money and don't bother with this album.
It's Alright - totally different feel for 311. To me this song is straight forward, catchy. Nice 80's slap bass bridge. Love the saturation of effects on the over dubbed guitars in the verses. They do this nicely throughout the album. Honorable mention - chad's toms.
Mix It Up - One of my fav tracks. Intro reminds me of Bad Religion again. I really love Nick's vocal delivery on this. His voice sounds very comfortable. Love the modulation on some of the overdubbed guitars/synths/vocals. Awesome guitar melody in the middle too. Reminds me of the 1,2,3 solo when Tim's just using an Octaver on a clean guitar.
Golden Sunlight-Another fav. Very good vibe. P-nut does not fear the whole note which is awesome. Powerful chorus. Awesome bridge. Starts out with an '80s feel, then turns into a classic 311 one noted distored riff with an Octaver. SA's vocals are very power and his delivery is awesome.
India Ink - Heavy. Nick has another great vocal delivery in the verses. Heavy. Nice Sitar break down. Then the heavy head banging part that comes after is very welcoming after a very somber DTOM. Heavy.
Daisy Cutter - Least Fav track. If they made this album an 11 song, i would omit this one. Straight forward. Heavy for a catchy song.
Too Much Too Fast - Great Track. Nice wailing guitars. 311's love for chromatics seems to shine on this album. 311's still got the swing.
Never Ending Summer - I have no idea what the jamaican guy is saying in the beginning but it's awesome. Nick Nails the verses and pre choruses. Great delivery. Good ole classic 311 riffage. Love the What Do You Do shout out to the lifers with the na na na's(it's gotta be a shout out!)
Two Drops in the Ocean - Great song. Love the guitar sounds. Very Jazzy. To me, it sounds like Nick is playing the guitar solo, because it sounds soooooo Ernest Ranglin. Hollow body FTW. Even sounds like they got the guitars running through a moog after the guitar solo.
Something Out of Nothing - Heavy. Love SA's apocolyptic delivery. I like that phaser they throw on the bass at the break after the guitar solo. I think the ending is a little drawn out though. It could've ended 8 bars early.
Jackpot - Cool track. Love the riffage in the chorus. That slide is awesome. Reminds me of Bad Brains. Especially the intro. Love how chad plays around with the back beat on Nicks verses. Putting that snare on 3 & 4 instead 2 & 4. Very Zeppelin of him.
My Heart Sings - Good track. Love the Envelope Filter guitar solo. Another kind of Jazz feel. Cool way to end the album
Overall, I really enjoyed the album. I think that it's far removed from the last two albums. It's not a DTOM part 2 or an Evolver part 3. It's heavier, epecially next to DTOM, and that's a plus. The tempos are up. Recordings get better each album. Love the mix and the tones of all the instruments on the album.
I actually didn't really care too much for the 4 B-sides that are out there. They have good parts in the songs, but they're kinda all over the place. They'll have good choruses, but not strong verses or whatever. The B-sides will probably grow on me. They're definately songs for us lifers. They chose the best 12 in my opinion.