on 29 May 2002
I got grassroots from a californian mate studying in st andrews in 96. It was/is groundbreaking! An original mix of indie, garage, rap, ska and toasting with a good combination of twin vocals. All this coupled with quality guitar and great drumming. Tracks like homebrew and lucky set the mood but the true ace tunes are 8.16 am and applied science. 311 have diversified since but i think grassroots remains their finest.Raw but genre defining
on 23 May 2003
I bought "Grassroots" in 1996 and still think it's their best work to date. The whole album has a slightly aggressive streak to it in comparison to their other albums but when they go mellow, they do so in a big way. "8.16am", "Lose" and the album closer "1,2,3..." could put you in a trance for hours. Conversely, "Homebrew", "Offbeat Bareass" and particularly "Omaha Stylee" will rock your brains out. Listening to it now the sound quality is pretty thin and weak - but for some reason that's part of its charm. Despite all the production and engineering flaws, "Grassroots" manages to get its point across. The same year "Grassroots" was released, Korn unleashed their debut which led to endless groups with superior sounding recordings (mainly to cope with the increased detuned air being pushed around) but with very little to say for themselves. Instead, 311 challenged convention and had fun at the same time. On the whole, I can't recommend this album enough. If you're feeling a little weary about the unintelligent ramblings of nu-metal posers, this (and 311 in general) will be a breath of fresh air. It's just a shame "Grassroots" is so rare and expensive.