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When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman
Top Customer Reviews
I really liked how Nick's echoing and sort of unconscious (at times) singing goes really well and varies it up with the verses of rapping by SA. I definitely recommend this album for anyone that likes 311 and anyone that likes funk/reggae/alt-metal. even if you don't like 311, you might like at least a few of the songs on this album, because it covers so much area with each of it's 13 songs.
(1) Freeze Time - This song has a great palm-muted guitar intro and just rocks really hard all the way through. Although I can't say it is the best first song on any of their albums because how can you say which song is best out of Welcome, Homebrew, Down, Transistor, Freeze Time, You Get Worked, and Creatures?
(2) Come Original - The first song released on the radio from this album, this song tells entertainers to be creative and do something original (like 311 does). I love the 'hawaiian guitar' part.
(3) Large in the Margin - I don't have any idea how they write these songs. Listen to the guitar at the beginning and the melody Nick sings over it and ask yourself how they could have come up with that.
(4) Flowing - A song I probably didn't really appreciate fully until I saw them play it live at the warped tour. Perfect for jumping up and down to it.
(5) Can't Fade Me - This song is hard and fast with great rapping by Nick and SA. Great lyrics.
(6) Life's Not a Race - A song that is impossible for a person to not like. Tim plays three guitar solos in the Santana style.
(7) Strong All Along - My favorite song on the album along with Eons. This song is just really cool.
(8) Sever - A great rock song with an incredible guitar solo at the end to finish it off.
(9) Eons - My favorite song on the album along with Strong All Along. This song has deep low guitar chords and beautiful melodies sung by Nick.
(10) Evolution - The lyrics to this one are hilarious.Read more ›
Soundsystem was released a couple years after "Transistor," and many people at the high school I attended questioned me with, "Are you serious? 311 is still around?" Well, with this album, it proved that they were around, wanted to "Come Original," wanted to stay for a while. This is a very eclectic grouping of musical styles, but showcases what 311 is about perfectly. From the dancehall oriented "Come Original" to the cover of Fishbone's "Leaving Babylon." The complex drum patterns throughout the CD let drummer Chad Sexton show off a bit, but he also shows that the drums can be very simple, and the song can still be great, as heard on "Flowing." Nick Hexum writes some great lyrics, especially for the aforementioned song. "Tick, tick, tick the clock bludgeons your mind/Endlessly replaying times that were unkind." "Mindspin" shows off some of their musical talents with some great chords in the breakdown. The success of these songs is hampered by the tracks that really have no point. "Life's Not A Race" and "Livin' and Rockin'" are just terrible songs. Although the second of the two is a fast, extremely hard song, that doesn't necessarily mean it is worth listening to all the time.
But amidst the worthless songs are some true beauties, wonderful 311 music. Pick this one up, it is a great 311 album to begin your collection. And after you hear this, you'll want to start a collection!
Most recent customer reviews
I am a huge 311 fan! They are awesome in concert. Every fan must own this album. It has the standard great tracks that all true 311 fans love. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Justin 311
I love 311. I think that this album, with the exception of their debut "Music", is their best album. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Brian
How can I begin to express in words the excellence of this album? Every song brings something great to the table, and the wide variety of music styles makes sure every fan is... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Zach
311's follow up to 97's Transistor is just as good as any other 311 album. The only real problem I have with anything from this album is that some of the lyrics seem forced or... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Terry S.
Soundsystem, 311's 1999 album in which my favorite 311 album next to Grassroots,and Music. This Album has a great mix of Rap,rock,punk,and reggea and other words everything that... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Michael Null
I couldn't wait to get this one when it came out. I absolutely loved everything they did before. Music, Grassroots and Transistor were my favorite albums. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by C. Mark
I first heard this album by checking it out of the public library. It was awesome and I became a 311 fan right then. This album is good, not a song I don't like. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Tom Faix
Soundsystem is another great CD. Its rock party mixed with relaxing paradise type music. I'd rate this CD 6 out of their 12. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by K. Adkins
As with Transistor, 311 doesn't seem to be trying as hard as they can be. There's 13 song's here, and none of them are bad. The problem is, most of them aren't good either. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by matt