With Sublime and Sugar Ray having made whitewashed reggae a hot commodity on the pop charts, it makes sense that the prime movers of the genre are making a headlong comeback into the fray. With Transistor, 311 goes for the jugular, cramming the disc with over 20 songs, and just as many angles on its melange of rock, hip-hop and Caribbean musical styles. There are hyper rap-metal rehashes of the hit "Down" ("Tune In," "Starshines," and "Borders"), chunky guitar tracks ("Beautiful Disaster"), and lots of frivolous reggae-lite songs ("Light Years," "Stealing Happy Hours"). --Aidin Vaziri
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Reviewed on 8/19/2006...
I always liked this, but it's time to go
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The Most Complete 311 Album To Date
Andrew Barnes | Omaha, NE United States | 07/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most 311 albums have stand-out tracks but lack flow and consistancy, like MUSIC and 311. Some flow together perfectly but don't have many standout tracks, like GRASSROOTS and FROM CHAOS. I like all of the 311 albums for different reasons, but this one has risen to the top for many reasons...
1. With an album that was considered their first major-hyped release, they made the album they wanted to make. They stuck to their guns and the album was a success because of that.
2. It all flows well together. The songs fall together like a puzzle.
3. It has many, many songs...but almost all of them stand on their own as good tracks. "Prisoner", "Jupiter", "No Control", "Rub a Dub", etc. They are all different sounding songs, but on this album, this fit in and stand tall.
4. This album contains three of the most beloved songs in the history of 311: "Beautiful Disaster", "Use of Time", and "Stealing Happy Hours".
As stated earlier, this is probably not the best place for a new fan of 311 to start. Since I'm not a fan of Hits Collections, the place to start is either 311 or FROM CHAOS...but once you're in, this album will more than likely be in your CD player the most amount of time."
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Monty5 | 08/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, to the guy who recited the chorus of "beautiful disaster" and submitted it as a review-pretty chill, man, u should write it down in your journal. The link says "write an online review." Stick to that.
Okay to the review. This album would get 5 stars, no question, just like the self-titled and "from chaos." I really would. It's just that there are a total of 21 songs on just one disc, clocking at 67:59. And that's not including the bonus tracks (there's actually a bonus track before the first track, pretty chill!) I really haven't found a bad song on this cd, but I just haven't gotten a chance to focus on everything here. I just don't have that time. I love the fact that they are doing something different. I love "Beautiful Disaster," as well as "Use Of Time," "Electricity," and many others but I can't think of what they are because the cd is so damn long! Maybe as I listen to it more, I can honestly move it up to a 5-star album. Actually, I'm kinda rootin' for that. It's okay though, because I would still recomend this to someone who likes other works by 311, but don't start out with this one. Save it as an afterthought. In school, you can't take Algebra II before you have taken Algebra I. Same rule applies here.