Soundsystem review by 311

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  • Released: Oct 12, 1999
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 6.8 (21 votes)
311: Soundsystem

Sound — 10
311 has always been a ban with several different styles working together to come up with a sound which is not seen anywhere else. On this album everyone is performing at the best they ever have, and the harmonies are incredible. One extrodinary fact about this album is the bass work by P-Nut. This is probably some of the best bass work he has ever done. A latin theme is very proficient after the 5th track (cant fade me), and it is just one of the several extrordinary things that make this a good album. One song which really stands out is Sever. While the lyrics seem smple, they really have a lot of hidden meaning while still having the traditional upbeat sound. all in all, this is defanetly the best 311 record in terms of sound.

Lyrics — 10
311 always have incredible thoughtfull lyrics which inspire countless hours of thought. This album is no different, with songs like "Large In The Margin" and "Flowing". These two tracks, along with "Eons" are the lyrical highlights of the piece, and the other tracks are no fillers either. As always, nick hexum's voice shines like the fury of 1000 suns, and the interplay and harmonizing with SA martinez make this album a lyrical delight

Overall Impression — 10
All in all, this is defenatley the best 311 record. It combines just the right ammounts of funk, metal, rock, and latin rythms to form a masterpeace which has not been seen since. the most impressive songs are defenatley "Flowing," "Eons," "Life's Not A Race" and "Sever", all of which contain the right ammount of incredible lyricwork, as well as rythms. My only gripe about it is how leaving babalon is kind of like a low point. That song only gets a 9/10, but the rest are all tens. All in all, a great buy, defanetly go pick it up, and your ears will thank you.

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    They outta stop trying to be anything like Sublime, and 311 should open for Pepper, Pepper is better they shouldn't have to be disgraced by OPENING for 311
    Pepper DISGRACED are you crazy?I'm sure even Pepper would tell you they are privledged to open for 311.Pepper are not bad, just a less talented sublime-much less talented.311 have been around for a long time and have alot of people's respect.
    I've seen both bands seperately. 311 was much better in concert. Pepper was drunk and sloppy, forgetting lyrics and stuff. I like both, but 311 wins hands down. No one is disgraced when opening for 311. Soundsystem is the best tho?! What about "from chaos" or the blue album? Sound quality doesn't necessarily mean song quality.