Transistor [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
311, the eclectic musical quintet whose unique and hypnotic blend of reggae, funk, hard rock and hip-hop reached a world audience with the success of their self-titled 1995 album, return with Transistor, their fourth release for Capricorn Records and their most fully realized and ambitious recording yet. It's a heady blend of styles that makes the amalgam that is 311 work so wonderfully, and as guitarist-vocalist Nick Hexum has said, "Transistor is our way of saying that all living things are connected, that we are all conductors of electricity -- that we're all part of the same massive energy source and in this way, we're all equal." Tracks like the mesmerizing dub cut of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
311, the eclectic musical quintet whose unique and hypnotic blend of reggae, funk, hard rock and hip-hop reached a world audience with the success of their self-titled 1995 album, return with Transistor, their fourth release for Capricorn Records and their most fully realized and ambitious recording yet. It's a heady blend of styles that makes the amalgam that is 311 work so wonderfully, and as guitarist-vocalist Nick Hexum has said, "Transistor is our way of saying that all living things are connected, that we are all conductors of electricity -- that we're all part of the same massive energy source and in this way, we're all equal." Tracks like the mesmerizing dub cut of "Inner Light Spectrum," the funk of "No Control," the hip-hop flavor of "The Continuous Life" and almost brutal soundscape of "What Was I Thinking?" complete with walkie-talkie vocal sounds showcase the band's love for diverse musical styles and their ability to blend them together into something new, fresh and compelling. Out of respect for their fan base, the group manages to cram all 21 songs onto one compact disc, saving their mavens a little loose change left over for T-shirts, stickers and posters, all advertised on the inside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/1997
  • Label: Capricorn / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453618145
  • Catalog Number: 536181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Transistor (3:03)
  2. 2 Prisoner (2:50)
  3. 3 Galaxy (2:53)
  4. 4 Beautiful Disaster (4:02)
  5. 5 Inner Light Spectrum (3:42)
  6. 6 Electricity (2:34)
  7. 7 What Was I Thinking (2:39)
  8. 8 Jupiter (2:45)
  9. 9 Use of Time (4:24)
  10. 10 The Continuous Life (3:30)
  11. 11 No Control (3:10)
  12. 12 Running (3:43)
  13. 13 Color (1:54)
  14. 14 Light Years (2:28)
  15. 15 Creature Feature (2:39)
  16. 16 Tune In (2:19)
  17. 17 Rub a Dub (2:42)
  18. 18 Starshines (2:36)
  19. 19 Strangers (2:41)
  20. 20 Borders (2:45)
  21. 21 Stealing Happy Hours (5:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
311 Primary Artist
Eric Bobo Percussion
Nicholas Hexum Guitar, Strings, Vocals, electronics
P-Nut Bass, Strings
Tim Mahoney Guitar, Strings, Pedals
S.A. Martinez scratching, Vocals, DJ
Chad Sexton Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Stick
Technical Credits
Greg Nelson Engineer
311 Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Nicholas Hexum Programming
P-Nut Engineer
Scott Ralston Producer, Engineer
Chad Sexton Programming
Stephen Stickler Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    perfect...

    ...i'll admit that the first time i heard this album, i wasn't too pumped about it. i was stuck on "soundsystem" instead. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. after a few more listens, i liked it more. a few months later, i loved it. then i realized that this album, like incubus's "make yourself", is absolutely flawless. the lyrics are mind-blowing and the vocals are the best that sa and hexum have ever done. instrumentally, this album is genius work. each song is unique and fills a memorable space in the album. there is no way you can confuse songs on "transistor" because that's how diverse they are from each other. but at the same time, you still receive mood from the album. definitely better than "soundsystem".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is a very great CD, lyrical masterpeices like ''running'' to instrumental stars like ''What was I thinking''. When I first listened to this CD, I was amazed at how much 311 had improved off of the self titled one. This CD also holds my favorite 311 song: ''Stealing Happy Hours''. This is a great album and I think its the best 311 album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Album

    Out of all the 311 albums, Transistor still remains my favorite. The diversity of styles is phenomenal, this band is so incredibly talented and the great thing about them is that they are still fairly underground--meaning they have not sold out like Metallica or other bands that have chosen to go the MTV/radio route. If the only songs you have heard from 311 are the ones on the radio--buy every CD--their music can take you to every emotional level possible, due primarily to the genius of lead singer/songwriter Nick Hexum, coupled with the diversity of styles from the guitar, drums, bass, and back up vocals. These guys are world class--cant say enough about them. For an incredible experience check them out live before its too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 is my Faviorate Band and this is one of their best albums!

    311 has put out many albums(all great!) Transistor is one of my fav. because it has so much heart and meaning! I love you 311!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very tight CD

    Here it is 2002 and I am just now starting to listen to their music, other than what's on the radio. If I had known they were this good, I would have been listening to this band years ago. I am blown away at this bands talent. I don't know how they can take so many music styles and bring it all together, but they do and they do it very well. Musically awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 Transistor

    This album is upbeat and is good to listen to if you are happy or in a good mood. MY favorite songs are The continous life, Borders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 rocks!

    Transistor is a really neat cd. It is the most extremely diverse cd out of everything that 311 has put out. There are lots of great rock songs, some great rapping by SA Martinez, but also lots of slower, more deeply felt singing by Nick Hexum and SA Martinez. The first time you listen to this cd, you might not exactly love every song, but after a few more runs through the lengthy 21 tracked album, you begin to realize the genius that was put into every song, and thank 311 for expanding their already amazing style. I love 311 immensely, and after seeing them perform live, I am only more enthralled by them musically. If you haven't heard 311 before, I would highly recommend going out and seeing a concert with them in it and judge for yourself why people such as myself love them so much. You will not be disappointed, but turned on to their brilliance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I still love it.

    I bought this album when it was a new release and I have it in my cd player right now. The music has great depth and amazing reggae roots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS THE BEST CD!!

    311 is the best band out there. If you really like a heavy alternative sound, Transistor is the CD for you

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    Posted May 24, 2009

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