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|8. Getting Through To Her|
|9. Whiskey & Wine|
|10. It's Getting OK Now|
|11. There's Always An Excuse|
Don't Tread On Me resonates sound and energy the 311 way. Despite the brooding attitude of the grunge movement and the angst of the rap-rock movement, 311 has always stayed true to their own approach and their underlying message of unity and positivity. Because of their unique sound (mixing rock, hip-hop, reggae & funk), and because they have always maintained a balance of hard rocking songs and melodic, mellow gems the band has developed a rather diverse fan base from rock fans, punk fans, jam-band fans, pop fans, hip-hop fans to reggae fans, etc. BMG. 2005.
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I dock one star because the only trace of hip hop on this CD is found in "Solar Flare", a song I feel is not up to par with rap-tinged 311 classics like "Freak Out" and "Down". It only features singer/turntablist (I don't hear any scratching on this album?) SA Martinez doing the rap verses, and Nick singing pre-choruses. Subpar at best. So basically, we hear no Nick Hexum rapping at all on this CD. A shame, considering the white boy from Nebraska has some of the craziest flows to ever grace the industry (see the song "Hive" from their critically-acclaimed self-titled album - 10 years old and still light years ahead of most of the music industry).
But that doesn't stop me from enjoying this CD immensely. Tim Mahoney's crunchy guitar work on "Long For the Flowers" gives way to an almost Santana-esque solo that's all-too-short. Man, can that guy wail on guitar. Easily one of the most underrated guitarists of our day. P-Nut needs no introduction - listening to his string-slapping on "It's Getting OK Now" is downright delightful.
Excellent album from 311. It doesn't have the party feel that some old-schoolers are used to, but hell, I'm getting old too. While listening to Don't Tread on Me, one cannot help but feel the need for a white sandy beach, a rum punch, and bright sunshine - an immensely appealing thought.
What some have taken issue with are the mellower, groovier tracks like "Waiting," "Getting Through To Her," and "Whiskey & Wine." If you are a fan of songs like "Amber," and "I'll Be Here Awhile," you'll like these songs, and this album. 311 gets credit for always sticking to their guns while exploring new songwriting and stylistic possibilities. The songcraft on this album is superb and mature, harmonically and melodically.
Musically, the singing on this album is the real standout, particularly Doug Martinez's vocals. He performs the only raps on the entire album ("Solar Flare"), but his voice has never sounded better, whether taking the lead on tracks like "Getting Through To Her" or harmonizing with Nick Hexum. Martinez is definitely the standout of this disc; buy for his vocal performance alone. Highly recommended 311 album.
DTOM-- The first songs on the album is also the first radio single, which is, above all else, interesting. This song does have some captivating dynamics, and it sets the tone for the whole album: solid reggae and dancehall-influenced styles mixed with driving rock. This is what the band does well, and they certainly shine in doing so.
Thank You Lucky Stars-- From the main riff to the riff in the bridge, you can't help but think that you've heard this before. The riffs here can sound a bit mundane, but the vocals are definitely the song's saving grace. Simple, but very effective in the chorus. The overall vibe paints a luminous mental picture of everything that makes you thankful, which I believe was the songs' intention.
Frolic Room-- Although the familiar and sometimes repetitive groove-rock elements stick around in this song as well, I found the verses to be great. Very Clash-inspired. By this point in the album also, you can tell that this is both Nick and SA's best performance vocally to date. The harmonies are just on point, and they only get better.
Speak Easy-- Lots of layers make this very easy-breezy Carribean feel with the steel drum and the synth. The mix on this song was just great, as with so many layers, it could have easily sounded like to much, yet everything on this track was given room to breathe. I have heard some bashing of SA's singing on this, and I would like to explain what makes him sound so different and strange here: This is what "HEART" sounds like. There is a noticeable difference between when someone sings something that they think is kinda cool, and when they sing something they absolutely love. They lose all inhibition and just let it flow. Other singers that have this unbridled passion are Joe Strummer, Thom Yorke, Dave Matthews, Greg Gaffin, and Eddie Vedder. SA makes his mark here as the next great rock singer.
Long for the Flowers-- Very nice to hear something from the Transistor era resurrected. The technical guitar licks in the transitions can be tricky to sing over, but Nick and SA found the missing elements that made it the great song it is now. This really fits the album in context as well.
Solar Flare-- I like the openess of the lyrics that criticize pop culture as it is now. You can feel the frustration, and there is nothing wrong with that. Great riff too, this song really grooves hard, but there is also some new and interesting sounds that show that they werent about to completely remake their old stuff... great combination of hard rock and experimentation.
Waiting-- One of my favorites on the album. The most Beatle-esque thing that they've done, and I feel they did it well. Almost like an ode to "Obla-Di-Obla-Da" with the skanked-up pop style.
Getting Through To Her-- Great song. Reminds me a little bit of Flaming Lips and the Cure. Great song flow and consistent mood. Feels very honest, and not the least bit contrived. Also SA at his peak, cannot give his performance enough props.
Whiskey and Whine-- I like the chord progression, but I do think this could have been done better. I'm thinking more dynamics with keyboard and vocals that escalate a bit stronger from beginning to end. In the more stripped, reggae based part, Im not sure what to think of Nick's psuedo Rastafarian inspired rhymes, but then again, I dont know what else would have fit better either. He actually sounded more natural faking a Carribean accent than trying to pull off old-school Vanilla Ice style rapping a-la Dammit, so can't knock him for evolving.
It's Getting OK Now-- Awesome! Two thumbs up!! This is 311 groove rock as its meant to be: SICK! It may have that infectious groove, but the riffs here are more headbanging and genuine. Tim rips it up on this one too with his licks and fills, it kinda reminds me of a cross between T&P Combo and WYMU. Kudos on waking us up here with a punch in the face.
Theres Always An Excuse When You Need One-- Reminiscent of Evolvers' "Jacks" in length and album-closing ballad status, this is a lot more original and unique. I love how it goes from easy and sleepy in the beginning, starts to get loud, then quiets back down for the 2nd verse... great dynamics. Then they switch it up with distorted guitars, transitioning into a funky reggae dub-line. Very clever song overall, and a fitting close to the album.
This album has a nice consistency from its artwork to the feel of the music. It's almost as if 311 pushed the release date a little further on purpose, as the music (although possessing very tropical, easy-going elements) has a sort of a darker, autumn melancholy to it that brings a stronger warmth and vulnerability to the listening experience (abstract I know, but you can't help but notice some nostalgia when its present). I feel like this album should have been called Evolver, because this is where 311 really pushes themselves, and the band is seen at its peak. We know they can throw down hard rock (Music, 311, From Chaos) and we know they can experiment (Grassroots, Transistor, Evolver), but this is where they have mastered both down to a science. This is definitely SA's breakthrough album, and it's great to here him sing so passionately all the way through. This group of songs really reminds me of Transistor, but unfortunately, it is much shorter in length. Fans who only like this band for its hard, driving, rap-rock songs may be disappointed by the album's mellow tones. True 311 fans, however, will not be disappointed; this album truly has a little something for everybody.
PS: I LOVE "Transistor"
"Don't Tread On Me" was an awesome song that'll always be loved by 311 fans everywhere. The words are in our hearts.
"Thank Your Lucky Stars" is something that we need to do. With all that's been happening in the world, we're lucky if we aren't as effected as some are (such as our poor brothers ans sisters in New Orleans). If we do have something wrong, think about it. It could be worse.
"Frolic Room" is a great song that has a lot to do with going out every night to parties when things are happening in another part of the world. We have to think 'What are we celebrating?'
"Speak Easy" is a personal favorite of mine. A lot of people, adults and teenagers alike, are scared of speaking thier minds. This song tell you that it's alright to show your opinions and if you do that you'll find it's a relief.
"Solar Flare" is the harder song of the album. It has to do with child abuse as well as political leaders. It shows about the hypocrisy of some leaders and some things that they're doing. Awesome song!
"Waiting" is a song that all of us can or will feel. Everyone has to wait for love or thier loves. But if you hold on, you'll find your waiting's worth while.
"Long For The Flowers" is a good song. Some long for the flowers while other get more from the time spent with one another. That's life.
"Getting Through To Her" is something that I find myself singing out of the blue. Great song!!!
"Whiskey and Wine" is an awesome song as well, another one of my personal favorites. Something went wrong in the relationship and now you try to drink it away. It's killing you to do so.
"It's Getting Okay Now" is about death and dying. They ponder over what's going to happen when they die. Catchy song.
"There's Always An Excuse" is another aweseome song. It's true, too. If you look hard enough, for every problem you have, there's an excuse. But you need to take back the slack, you're not the only one going through it.
311 did an awesome job, as usual, on this album. All of the songs have great beats, good lyrics, and catchy vibes. As always, they find a way into your hearts and give you an up-beat view. In the words of 311, "Stay positive and love your life."