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311 - Music
By Eric Martin


311, Music is a classic album. It mixes their  Omaha stlyee of punk, reggea, rock, rap, and dancehall hip-hop, and forms it into one, extreme sound. It is one of the mose versatile albums of all I've heard, ranging from the hardcore guitar riffs of F*ck the Bullsh*t to the smooth, relaxing vibes of the Nix Hex. There's upbeat tempos full of energy like Freak Out, and tunes that will make you move like Do You Right. 

        It kicks off with Welcome, a smooth going song. Then comes Freak Out, one of the most high energy songs I've ever heard. It really shows the rapping skills that SA Martinez, the DJ/singer for the band, has. It's  one of the best songs on the album, that goes out whith a bang. Then comes Visit. This song is perfect for any mood you're in. It has rock,  it's relaxing, and it even has it's rap parts. I can't help but sing along every time I hear the song, it's really catchy. It has the perfect ending, it's beyond words. Paradise is next, it has kind of a trippy sound(to me atleast.) Then is Unity. Probably the hardest song on the album along with the secret song. It really shows the rock side of 311 well. Unity fades into Hydroponic, the guitar really leads this song with positive lyrics. The chorus is real soothing, I love it. One of Hexum's (311's lead singer) best performances in my opinion. My Stoney Baby is the next song. It's one of the lighter songs on the album, but at the same time it's kinda quick paced and moves right along. A great part is where Hexum and SA rap at the same time but different lyrics. The classic Nix Hex is track 8, with rap guest Daddy Freddy(I think that's his name.) It's hard to put this song into words, let's just say it's incredible how it grows on you. I hated it at first, and after about 200 times it still grows on me with every taste of it. Then we come to Plain, which gets you back into the rock mode. "Nod your head to this" is the chorus, and I always do. One of the songs you have to sing along to. In the next song, Feels so Good, we finally get a solo from the man, P-nut(the extra talented bassist for 311) Also full of energy, it's one of their better moshing songs. Another catchy chorus, "In your face, and it feels so good." Then comes the best song ever performed, Do You Right. This is, of course, my opinion, but it's true. Again, I can't describe it, it's beyond words. Hexum desrcibes it as "the happy slam dance song." Kind of a trippy song. The last song is Fat Chance, which they were kind of messing around with. But the secret song is not the same case, F*uck the Bullsh*t is a pure moshing song. It perfectly mixes rap with rock. 

The guitar from Mahoney, the guitarist(duh), with the lyrics from Hexum and SA couldn't be better. The drums from Sexton(the most talented drummer around) fits right in. It offers the most upbeat and 
high energy sound of all 311 songs I've heard. It's truly the prefect ending to a perfect CD.

        311 Music is a mixture of many different kinds of music, and is the best buy available. One last thing, is it just me or does Nick look surprisingly like Encino Man on the back cover?

Eric

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