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|4. Beautiful Disaster|
|5. Inner Light Spectrum|
|7. What Was I Thinking|
|9. Use Of Time|
|10. Continuous Life, The|
|11. No Control|
|14. Light Years|
|15. Creature Feature|
|16. Tune In|
|17. Rub A Dub|
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Top Customer Reviews
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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It takes the reggae sound of "Paradise" from Music and Lose" and "1,2,3" from Grassroots and expands upon it, taking different musical variations on the same general sound. Also, this, more than any other album, showcases SA's really nice singing voice. Just listen to "Inner Light Spectrum" and "Creature Feature." Nick also does a great job on "Stealing Happy Hours," "Transistor," "Use of Time" and many others. Tim's guitar work is brilliant on the whole, with a lot of cool, trippy solos, too many to list. Same goes for P-Nut on bass. Just listen to the intro of "What Was I Thinking" and in "Prisoner".
My personal favorites are the dub-infused "Inner Light Spectrum" , "Stealing Happy Hours" , and "The Continuous Life" as well as the harder "Transistor" and "Jupiter". The only song I didn't really like was "What Was I Thinking." After the kickass bass intro, the heavy distortion ruins it by making the lyrics incomprehensible.
Overall, I would make this a "desert island" disc. I listened to it nightly for over a year and I'm still not tired of it. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Sublime-ish reggae or fans of 311 songs like "1,2,3" or "Champagne" and "Amber" from From Chaos.
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.
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 need to keep this short, and I will write a blow-by-blow of all the songs when the time presents itself. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by The_Efficient_Cause
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