It is the seamless way the songs on the eponymously titled 311 combine the band's influences into a potent blend of rap, funk, and rock that renders this album a cut above those of their competitors. These riff-heavy and radio-ready songs are underscored by a tight drum sound (often with a piccolo snare), the scratching of turntables, and the crunch of heavy guitars: a formidable backdrop for this surprisingly melodic effort. The rhythms of reggae and ska percolate through this mix, and the harmonies of Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez lend the band an edge not found in the majority of bands that feature rapping over rock beats.
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Performance Credits311 Primary Artist,Group
Nicholas Hexum Guitar,Vocals
Tim Mahoney Guitar
S.A. Martinez scratching,Vocals
Chad Sexton Percussion,Drums
Technical Credits311 Producer
Ron Saint Germain Producer,Engineer
S.A. Martinez Sound Effects
Scott Ralston Engineer,Live Sound Engineer
Diane Painter Art Direction
Yeti Live Technician
Trevor Cole Live Technician
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this was the first cd i bought by 311, and it is probably my favorite. not to say everything else they turn out isn't as good, but for me, this was their crowning achievement. I loved every song on this album, and rarely do you find cds where every song sounds this good and not just the hits you hear on the radio. I have to say, that every 311 fan absolutely has to see them perform on stage because they sound so good live it's ridiculous! no other band comes close. i love 311!
Engineers: Ron Saint Germain, Scott Ralston. All music written by members of 311. All lyrics written by Nicholas Hexum and SA Martinez except ''Purpose,'' ''Loco'' and ''Don't Stay Home'' (Nicholas Hexum). 311 is what happens when a group of Midwestern youths discover funk, rap and reggae, add it to their acknowledged first love, punk-fueled metal, and blend it all together in a musical Cuisinart. On their self-titled, third album, this Omaha-bred, Los Angeles-based quintet flash their well-rehearsed rock and roll b-boy stance, bypassing both the punk-funk glam of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the agit-rap railings of Rage Against The Machine. They combine varied genre-happy grooves with messages that owe little to hip-hop's urban wail, and everything to a comfortable middle-class upbringing. It's apparent that the band's two vocalists/lyricists, Nicholas Hexum and SA Martinez, have learned their rap aesthetic lessons well. They boast of their skills (''We are self-made, check the technique'') and unusual backgrounds (''Me a rude boy from Omaha, Nebraska''), while running their list of name-checks the width of pop culture's canvas (Walter Middy, Son Of Sam, Edie Brickell's ''What I Am,'' among others). Yet they're also aware that these long-standing hip-hop methods are wearing thin--''I use a simile lightly cause that s**t's played/The common way most rhymes are made,'' they say on ''Jackolantern's Weather''--and that a new way to check the rhyme is required. So 311 turn to the sounds of Jamaica to lift themselves above the common ground. Their metallic reggae freely appropriates riddims (by way of P. Nut's rocksteady bass lines), melodies (''All Mixed Up,'' for instance, incorporates the flow of Tenor Saw's smash, ''Ring The Alarm'') and lyrics (dancehall cliches can be found on nearly every track), without giving in wholly to the island vibe. And when the blend of styles is perfectly balanced--as it is on the put-down of angst-ridden alterna-rockers, ''Misdirected Hostility''--311 really do sound as unique as advertised.
This is my first CD that i got from 311, and most of my friends. This has to be one of my best CD's. Every 311 fan has to have this CD. All the songs on it are great and it is hard to find one CD with so many good songs on it.
It has lots of cool songs
as a reviewer, i have to say that "the blue album" rox! it has a nice combo of funk/rock music that was meant to raise the roof. a definate to anyone's rap/metal collection.
311 is a great band. One of the greatest bands I've heard in a long time. 311 is a very unique band. They mix all of their music up so it doesn't sound so boring, like a lot of other bands are. They have reggae,rock, and some what of a jazzy sound to it all in one. This is a very good C.D. It is one of the best C.D's that 311 has released.(in my opinion) All of the songs on this C.D. are cool...If you like Bob Marley or Deftones you will like this C.D.