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These Omaha-bred music vets have been marrying rock and rap since 1993, and are also pros at throwing funk and reggae in the mix. For the quintet’s tenth album, Uplifter, producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Simple Plan) joins the fold to help create a heavy, alt-pop album with a generally sunny disposition. A wall of guitar provides the initial onslaught on “Hey You,” and then this thunderous blast is wiped clean, creating space for a knee-bending groove that calls to mind Sublime. Several tracks follow this formula to varying degrees, which is a good thing. The general vibe on Uplifter is akin to surfing an open ocean: tranquil moments of peaceful melodies get punctuated by crashing waves of power-pop choruses (“Golden Sunlight,” “Daisy Cutter,” “It’s Alright”). Zen-like “Too Much Too Fast” calls to mind the honesty of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, but 311 also embraces its funky side. “India Ink” is a rollicking, heavy groove in the vein of Rage Against the Machine, and mosh-pit-worthy “Jackpot” finds vocalist Nick Hexum and rapper SA sharing the mic in vintage 311 form.

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one of best

great album. has everything you want in a 311 album


An excellent album full of great songs. Each band member brought their best to each song, and after a few listens I can't stop singing along and nodding my head!


Formed: 1990 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

311's fusion of reggae and rap-metal was created in Omaha, Nebraska, where singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, DJ/singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton, and the bassist known only as P-Nut launched the group in 1990. Taking their name from the Omaha Police Department's code for indecent exposure, the quintet began gigging locally and soon moved to Los Angeles, signing with Capricorn Records in 1991. 311 then translated their regional success into national recognition with several...
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