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From Chaos
     

From Chaos

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by 311
 

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The title of this, the sixth album from Omaha's most famous non-bovine export, is a bit misleading. Yes, 311 are hard edged, doggedly riff mongering and tough talking, but the overall feel that the band exudes is that of a well-oiled rock machine, not a perpetrator of anything chaotic. Devotees of the group's positively charged, infectious sound will find plenty to

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The title of this, the sixth album from Omaha's most famous non-bovine export, is a bit misleading. Yes, 311 are hard edged, doggedly riff mongering and tough talking, but the overall feel that the band exudes is that of a well-oiled rock machine, not a perpetrator of anything chaotic. Devotees of the group's positively charged, infectious sound will find plenty to dig into here, from the bounce-along punk-pop of "You Wouldn't Believe" to the brawnier thump of the anthemic "You Get Worked." Nick Hexum is still in the habit of beseeching listeners to play nice, which can come across as either genuinely meaningful (as on "Wake Your Mind Up," a rap-rock ditty featuring members of Black Eyed Peas and Pharcyde) or merely overwrought ("I'll Be Here Awhile"). Even so, it's refreshing to hear a band willing and able to match pedal-to-the-metal sonics with lyrical missives even a mom could love. One of the candidates for feel-good album of the summer.

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All Music Guide - Jacob N. Lunders
Upon 311's vigorous return, vocalist S.A. Martinez declares, "I'm on a new high with a pen and a pad, and for fun I attend a jam that's super bad." While the members of the Omaha-bred quintet aren't lyrical rocket scientists, these disciples of positivity have nonetheless re-emerged "on a new high" with "a jam that's super bad." From Chaos astonishes and impresses with considerable energy and focus, proving itself as the album 311 has always been capable of making. With Tim Mahoney's razor-edged riffing and Nick Hexum and Martinez's super-charged vocals, their Volcano label debut rocks harder and rides smoother than each preceding effort. Amidst their signature hip-hop/heavy rock
eggae hybrid, 311 additionally blends surf guitar over jungle beats, merges punk guitar with dancehall, and introduces ska, à la Hexum's autobiographical "I'll Be Here Awhile," to their sonic repertoire. Tracks such as the carpe diem-inspired "Wake Your Mind Up" and the boastful "Sick Tight" prove the quintet hasn't forsaken their old-school formula, while the amorous "Amber," perhaps their most charming composition, exhibits a melodic versatility and musical ambition unlike many of their pigeonholed contemporaries. Under the technical lead of veteran producer and engineer Ron Saint Germain (aka Saint), From Chaos effectively "captures the energy of the live shows," per bassist P-Nut, and despite the band's growing musical complexity, each selection remains a perfect candidate for the well-traveled road ahead. Drummer Chad Sexton affirms "it's our best-performed record," and despite the album's semi-ironic title, he couldn't be more right. Moreover, this enhanced CD provides entertaining eye candy, which offers bandmember interviews, studio photos, and trailers from both Enlarged to Show Detail videos. Whether employing the computer or stereo for amusement, From Chaos is the sonic cornerstone for remarkably original rap-metal.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0614223218427
catalogNumber:
32184

Tracks

  1. You Get Worked
  2. Sick Tight
  3. You Wouldn't Believe
  4. Full Rice
  5. From Chaos
  6. I Told Myself
  7. Champagne
  8. Hostile Apostle
  9. Wake Your Mind Up
  10. Amber
  11. Uncalm
  12. I'll Be Here Awhile

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From Chaos 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
311 has done it again, and i wasn't surprised. i'm an avid 311 fan, so i immediatley went out and got this one. this cd is like a mix of self titled and soundsystem, so if you like those, you'll love this one. buy it, NOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all 6 albums by 311. My order from favorite to least favorite is~ 1. 311 2. soundsystem and From Chaos are neck and neck 4. Grassroots 5. Music 6. Transistor. These are based on overall feel and music alone. I do not ever care much for lyrics. Although they aren't related in music type, 311 and Rammstein are my favorite bands. They are both unique~Head and shoulders above the crowd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
311 is a great band. I listen to them every day, at home, in my car, and anywhere else I need to feel good about my life. Their new album From Chaos gives me something new to smile about and enjoy. I would recommend anyone who likes good, creative rock to buy any of 311s albums and listen to them not to kill time during their day, but to add depth and positive energy to their stress-induced, problem-ridden, complicated life. 311 is not prosac, but they sure come close. So bang your head, chill out, and smile for a change when 311 comes on, nodding your head to some pretty good tunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started listening to 311, because family recommended it, and I gave it a try. I became addicted to every song on this CD, and I am getting all the other ones also. Very good beats, rythms, and combinations of styles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is such an awesome album! I love the lyrics and I love the beats! Those are some pretty talented dudes. They should be on the Simpsons. Pretty sick tight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
. . . the gang suprises everyone. If you're familiar with 311's portfolio, you know that their studio recordings are second to none. Their sound and vocals on 'From Chaos' are right in line with what fans come to expect - the boys continue with their positive-vibe melodies and eloquent, hard-ditting lyrics. But there's no rehashing of old sounds here. Nick's and SA's vocal range are incredible. In particular, I like the softer melodic sounds of 7.Champagne, 10.Amber and 12.I'll Be Here a While. But when these guys perform live, tracks like 8.Hostile Apostle and 2.Sick Tight are bound to get the house jumpin'. Overall, the album is a very, very good - probably the best studio recording to date.(Hence the 5-star rating) Can't wait for a Live version!! Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of there better albums along with soundsystem and 311. i suggest everyone get a copy of it now.