First off, I'm a fan of 311. When I got this cd, I thought it was not as cool as the blue album was, so i just kept it with my other cds. Then i rediscovered it, so here is my review: 1.Transistor: Great Riffs, my fav song, it's like 311's old songs but with new lyrics 2.Prisoner: Excellent, you must see that video 3.Galaxy: First i thought it had strange lyrics (talks about a planet?!!), but cool though 4.Beatiful Disaster: One of the best 311's songs ever, it's not like a typical rock song, more than a reggae song, but you have to listen to it 5-9.Hard Rock Songs, not so relevant 10.The C. Life: P-Nut shows what he is made of 11.No Control: Funk Rock song, the rap of SA is one of his best 12.Running: Reggae song like "I'll be here awhile" 13.Color: A Kind of "Slow Ska Rock" jam, pure instrumental 14.Light Years: it's similar to "Color" but with voice 15.Creature Feature: Another Slow song with bell, and FX, it's good enough for me 16.Tune In: It's sounds like "Down" 17.Rub a Dub: A nice reggae influenced one 18.Starshines: Nick starts the song rapping with a catchy chorus and verses 19.Strangers: A Rap song with a cool Hip-Hop beat 20.Borders: Superb Rap Rock song 21.Stealing Happy Hours: Relaxed song, it has no limits
Apparently, when Transistor was released, it got a poor review upon release. I suppose that if you enjoyed the self-titled, and were expecting ball-park with Transistor, you may have been disappointed. It must have been the hardest album to write after such great success.
Now, I haven't been a convert to 311 for more than 2 years, so I missed all that. All I see is a great album. There's enough 'driving' songs to propel to album along, but most of it is an earnest meander into dub, bass and reggae. Normally, when a band releases an album that doesn't focus on rock like they used to, it means they're out of ideas, out of inspiration, that they've lost the rock, the focus and the energy.
That's simply not true here. Yes, they're more chilled in this album, but that doesn't mean they're any worse. 'Use of Time', 'The Continous Life' and 'Prisoner' are all standout songs in terms of chilling. The use of voice effects should be mentioned too, Hexum's voice in particular benefits from this, something many fans have expressed hope to see in future releases. SA Martinez has his spotlight here too, 'Galaxy' and 'The Continous Life' are both SA solos which sparkle.
'Galaxy' is one of my personal favourites. It's a song which speculates that the asteroid belt used to be a planet, blown apart by a society unable to cope with it, then draws parallels with our planet. The song 'Transistor' is an aggressive guitar song, one of the more rocky on the album with great vocal work. 'Prisoner' is a highly under-rated 311 song, with good trading sing song vocals between Hexum and SA.
Transistor is a fan's favourite. Look round any 311 discussion on the internet. It's only in recent years that it's being appreciated. The chill effects, the clever production, it's all great. The only downside is it's a little too long.
This album is 311's most expansive album being their longest and most experimental it has lots of styles that their other albums have but in a more expansive environment lots of reggae and rap comes through on this one and is a turning point perhaps to a more sort of acousticy, experimental sound than before which was basically just rap metal with a bit of reggae thrown in now and then pretty good possibly a bit too long but it is pretty good