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Uplifter (Deluxe Version)

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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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The problem with disagreeing or expressing disappointment is that people say, "you are not a true fan". Well, i'm also not a sheep, and i'm not going to follow you off a cliff. Not every band has the golden touch. Sorry. For someone looking for a 311 album with increased engineering, produced by ROBERT ROCK, and NOT familiar with 311's whole catalogue - you may enjoy this. For a fan that's been around, you may not enjoy 311's current "evolution". The album "Evolver" was cool, it was an "evolution"; it was welcome. Uplifter instantly gives you the feeling that it's beein over produced, and over engineered. Metallica fans would not speak highly of what Bob Rock did to Metallica. (Please bring back Ron St.) If you want to make memorable music, don't use Bob Rock. If you want to make more likeable music and sell filler, use Bob Rock - who knows he could even fill in on bass - "bob - beat that thing!" It's with regret, and deep sadness, that I yearn for 311 of old, and proclaim, "It is not here. It is not here. They are not here." You will not find any "Music", "Grassroots", or "Transistor" on this disc/AAC. I will NOT be "noding my head to this"! (but it will stay on my iPhone) :>( Sincerely, Fan

Welcome back 311

After listening to the album on myspace and a download of it for a week before the release, I have been quite impressed and very happy to finally pick up an actual copy today. I don't know what to say so I'll just do a song by song run down: Hey You- The lead single. Makes sense it was the first single, it's kind of a "Here's some familiar sounding 311 before we hit you with some new sounds" type of deal. It's Alright- A very nice chill song with a rockin chorus. P-Nut's slap bass break down is awesome. Definitely has to be considered for the next single Mix It Up- Not amongst the best songs on the album, but has been growing on me. It has a danceable reggae type of riff for the verses then the songs shines the most when it is rockin Golden Sunlight- A standout track. It's 311's version of a "power ballad". The verses have an oriental effect, very powerful rock choruses, and then it changes up to a funky verse provided by SA over classic 311 single note riffs India Ink- One of the heavier songs on the album. Start and stop rhythms, slapped bass chords, rapping, and a soaring chorus. Then the break down is complete with sitar playing and psychedelic keyboard work. Great song Daisy Cutter- My favorite song so far. Very catchy melody provided by Nick throghout the verses and another soaring rock chorus. The guitar tones used in the bridge are definitely different for 311, and unforgettable. The song is very relatable and catchy and also probably a choice for a single Too Much Too Fast- Probably the biggest departure for 311 on the album. You could almost imagine Frank Sinatra singing over this, but of course it still has guitar tones characteristic to 311. It has a big band feel and excellent vocals both by SA and Nick. Never Ending Summer- Ah yes, the summer tour anthem. This song is great in the sense that it has crunchy guitars with subtle steel drums in the mix and an anthemic intro and chorus. Then the bridge has a guitar solo by Tim Mahoney that's a page right out of the book of old school metal. Just when you think its going to be over, they hit you even harder and ride out with the chorus. 311 shines on this type of song. It's feel good and crunchy Two Drops In The Ocean- A chilled out mellow song. Very cool guitar sounds and keyboard work. The bridge goes from jazz guitar into a tropical tone. Seems to have similar subject matter as the previous hit "Amber", but I believe this song is more musically interesting. There is a Beach Boys influence on some of the backround vocals Something Out Of Nothing- The heaviest song on the album in my opinion. It has huge guitars with a verse from SA sounding as though he is addressing millions of soldiers of a 311 army. The guitar sound is crushing and the singing is melodic all throughout. Yet another impressive guitar solo by Tim Mahoney underneath the crunchy rhythm guitar. The outro steps up the heaviness even more Jackpot- This is the song that's most like an old school 311 song and would fit right in on their self titled album. This is destined to be an awesome live song. It has Nick and SA trading off rap verses over heavy guitars and some crowd participation parts. My Heart Sings- The mellow closing song. This has accoustic guitars mixed with spacey electric guitar leads and harmonized vocals by Nick and SA throughout. Very pleasing sounding song I Like The Way- A bonus track, but worthy of being included. It sounds like an OLD school Chili Peppers song at parts and has SA really stretching his vocal range on the chorus. Very cool guitar sounds throughout. This is probably the "oddest" of the new songs as it goes all over the place, but is very cool Get Down- This song starts off with a jazz/lounge feel and then kicks right into classic 311 rock riffs with rapping. Then it continues to soar with distorted power chords and powerful singing, reminiscent of "Eons" w/ different subject matter. Cool sounding mellow breakdown as well, with a synth lead How Long Has It Been- The Itunes exclusive. It is really cool with harmonizing guitar leads, reminiscent of 311 classics such as "Beautiful Disaster" and "Strong All Along" but stands apart as its own cool song with that type of guitar work mixed with reggae vibes. Overall: 311 really pushed to make an album representing all sides of 311 (mellow like "Two Drops" and rap/rockin like "Jackpot") while really pushing to break new ground and explore territory ("Golden Sunlight", "Too Much Too Fast") all with big production. They were very successful and the album is definitely an "Uplifter". Many of the songs will translate great live and there are many potential hits. This album is WAY better than their previous effort, "Don't Tread On Me". If you've slept on 311 all this time, it's time to wake up and check out "Uplifter". There is something for everyone

Sick

Ok, so this isn't old 311. It isn't 311 from Grass Roots, it isn't 311 from the blue album, or from chaos. But it's still sick. Some people complain that this album is too poppy- i noticed that at first too, but if you listen a few times, you'll realize there are many interesting things with this album. The Pros: Great Variety - some chill songs, and some more rock songs Good Lyrics- I love the old 311 lyrics, but it seems like there's a time when they should stop singing about so much herb. (not that i don't love the herb) It seems like these songs are about girls a lot more - i don't mind this, but some fans might Infectious tunes - out of all the 311 albums this may be the most catchy - which to some fans is a bad thing Nick is back The Cons: Chad Chad Chad, what happened to your snare. i guess it loosened up over the years, but man i miss the old snare. SA used to be such a sick rapper, and i'm sure he still is, but he doesn't appear a ton on this album (i guess that's because he was so present in DTOM so they wanted to mix it up??) anyway, great album (not my absolute favorite ) from the best band out there 311

Biography

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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