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Editors’ Notes

311 return to the indie ranks with producer Scott “Scotch” Ralston, who’d produced the fan favorite Transistor. Now with total control over their supersized career, 311—among the first bands to combine reggae, rap, and rock—return with a solid album that moves between genres effortlessly, emphasizing harmonies and grooves in that unusual way that made them festival highlights in the '90s. Corporate record companies clearly never affected the group’s sound or their choices; singer Nick Hexum plays it laidback no matter the situation. Tim Mahoney’s guitars indicate the circumstances and turn multicolored throughout “Make It Rough,” a tune that flirts with hard rock while it continues to enjoy the warm breezes of the Caribbean. The throwback “The Great Divide” churns harder with hip-hop and metal influences, while Hexum and positive rapper Doug “SA” Martinez remind fans just how unshakeable 311 have become. Even the mellow magic of “Sand Dollars,” “Friday Afternoon,” and “Tranquility” (which feature glimpses of storm clouds) remain confident in their relaxed positions that 311 are always ready to spring into action.

Customer Reviews

Worth It

This release offers a hi-fi sonic journey through a variety of styles from old school vibes to ground breaking hybrids without losing the signature flavor that has propelled them through the years. It seems they've managed to create one of those epic albums that engages you from start to finish (possibly even saving the best for last) and yet still gets better with each listen. Totally Worth It!

You won't be sorry you bought this

Don't let the cover art fool you. This album is the best 311 has sounded in 10/15 years. It's like if Soundsystem and Evolver had a baby and simultaneously Transistor and Universal Pulse had another baby and those two babies got together and had their own baby.

smell you later bob rock

This is pretty self explanatory.. But this is a huge comeback for 311..Hands down best album since from chaos. I’ve listened to the whole thing a dozen times and it has a LOT of throwback stuff and a LOT of uncharted territory. 311 is ALIVE again.

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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