A stylistic improvement over its predecessor, Grassroots presents a more focused and inventive 311, evenly balancing the band's rap-metal intensity with reggae vibrations, Grateful Dead-like jams, and hallucinogenic ambience. Perhaps one of the 1994's most underrated releases, Grassroots artistically ignores corporate rock's temptations of conformity, which consequently threaten the possibility of mainstream airplay. Despite suffering from relative obscurity, 311's sophomoric effort remains an invigorating listen, and its multi-tempo compositions flow together remarkably from the grinding guitar assault of "Homebrew" through the laid-back Caribbean groove of "1,2,3." In addition, Nick Hexum's and S.A. Martinez' potent alteration between rap and melodic vocals represents a polished development over Music's comparatively inferior efforts. While Grassroots lacks any hit-worthy singles, it does offer plenty of highlights including the rhythmically eclectic "Omaha Stylee," the desirous sing-along "8:16 A.M.," and funky hip-hop
ock hybrid "Applied Science." The album's remaining tracks prove equally essential as they individually piece together the Grassroots puzzle, which combined provides a splendid overview of 311's signature diversity. Unfortunately, the overall muddy production undermines P-Nut's bass wizardry and transforms Chad Sexton's drumkit into an assemblage of garbage cans and cardboard boxes. Despite the less-refined outturn, Grassroots remains 311's finest moment artistically, and listeners of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, and Rage Against the Machine will find this CD an indispensable addition to their music collections.
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Performance Credits311 Primary Artist,Group
Nicholas Hexum Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Tim Mahoney Guitar
S.A. Martinez Turntables,Vocals
Chad Sexton Percussion,Drums
Technical Credits311 Producer,Engineer
Nicholas Hexum Programming,Producer
Tim Mahoney Producer
S.A. Martinez Producer
Eddy Offord Producer,Engineer
Scott Ralston Engineer
Chad Sexton Programming,Producer
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if you like 311 music then you will like this cd. the best songs are homebrew silver 1,2,3, and appiled science. This is a good gift to get for the holidays.
Their debut album, MUSIC, was amazing, and just three months later, 311 comes back with their sophomore CD, GRASSROOTS. This album is equally impressive as the first one. The lyrics have improved from the band's first attempt, but the rhythms and guitar tracks rock just as hard. The drummer, CHAD SEXTON, displays his talents on this album as noted by his minute long solo on track 6, APPLIED SCIENCE. The energy felt by the listener of GRASSROOTS is that of extreme excitement and the urge to jump around. The songs seem to tell the story of the band's home life, before making it big. This album truly is a must own, proving once again, 311 is not just a band, it's a way of life.
Grassroots is a cool cd. It definitely has a different sound than some of 311s other albums, but that doesn't mean it's not good, don't get me wrong. In fact, this cd is one of my favorites! I absolutely love the slow and perfect songs like 8:16 am, lose, and 1,2,3. In contrast, i can't stop playing homebrew, lucky, omaha stylee, applied science, and taiyed. I think I could just listen to this album endlessly and live a wonderful, fulfilled life. I can only thank the guys of 311 for making this kind of music. (it really does heal my life too, when sometimes nothing else will).
i've only been listening to 311 for about half a year, but they've already greatly influenced my life. Let me tell you, there is NOTHING better than waking up to "homebrew" at 8:00 in the morning. In fact, listening to 311 makes me want to actually get up. i've become absolutely addicted to "salsa", "8:16 a.m.", "taiyed", "silver", but most of all "lucky". like every 311 album i've heard so far, this one makes me feel good. you'd think a band w/ so many albums would suck after awhile - not the case here.