Transistor [Explicit]

311
February 5, 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2001
  • Release Date: January 26, 2001
  • Label: Volcano
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  • Total Length: 1:07:02
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00138F90Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,097 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

One of my all time favorite 311 albums and I have them all.
Jehan Vaccaro
Songs like Beautiful Disaster, Use of Time, and Light Years sound nothing like previous 311 but they are great, awe-inspiring songs.
Colin
I reccomend this album to a TRUE 311 fan and people who ACTUALLY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT MUSIC.
John

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joe on July 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I know that Aidin Vaziri may be some big shot freelance music reviewer, but everything I've read by Aidin sounds as if he doesn't know much about music at all. Don't get me wrong, he points out how much he knows about different musical groups, but never does he talk about the quality going into those groups. His review on Transistor is ridiculous. This is (in my opinion) one of the most underrated albums of all time, right there with anything by Silverchair. According to Aidin, this album was a bad attempt to follow suit with the reggae movement. Wow. They weren't trying to be something they aren't, maybe Aidin should listen to all of 311's albums. They've always shown their influence in reggae. Absolute masterpiece. If you've heard it before and disliked it, HEAR it again.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Dorne on August 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand the so-called "fans" who bash this album for not sounding like old-school 311. This is undeniably 311's most eclectic and experimental album to date, and understandably so; the band was simply at a point in their career where making the same record twice was not an option anymore. Every song on here is amazing, except maybe for "Rub a Dub". Haven't quite figured that one out yet; it's just not 311 at all. This is a long album with only a handful of roof-raising hard rock songs, focusing more on expanding the band's sound into larger territory with songs like "Inner Light Spectrum" and "Stealing Happy Hours". The lyrics here are top notch, not falling into the cheesy territory of the "From Chaos" record. The songs often do not follow traditional song structures, throwing in some interesting time signature changes and rhythmic transitons such as the reggae jam at the end of the title track. Mahoney's guitar work is amazing on this record, focusing less on metal-influenced chords and more on jazz, blues, and reggae soloing. The first thing the 311 listener will notice upon first listen is the greatly reduced usage of rapping. Don't get me wrong; 311 is always good at rapping lyrics, but it's nice to hear two extremely gifted singers finally showcasing their deeper talents. Many people criticize the record for not being like the self-titled "blue" album, but there's one thing you must remember: the self-titled album, while being the band's first big hit album, was in fact their 3rd major label album. They had been doing this act for some time, and it was about time they dared and challenged their listeners to enter new territory with them while still remaining true to their roots.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John H. Wiemers on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This record is bliss. I find the beats and rhythms stellar, while the songs transport me to different places with their psychedelic appeal, voyaging into new territory almost on each track. This album was way ahead of its time when it came out in 1997. 311 found their artistic niche with Transistor, and they went against a lot of expectations by the mainstream audience and disapproving media who wanted another "blue album" (a nice record itself, but not as artistic or musical as this one). I believe such criticism must be taken lightly when judging this art form, for we all have our own subjective tastes and separate definitions of what "good music" must sound like. You sort of have to feel it out for yourself and see if Transistor rubs you the right or wrong way. For too many others, they wanted the same thing that came before, dismissing this album.
To me Transistor feels like the future of music, combining many styles and infusing skilled instrumental play with ambient progressions of vocals, melodies, and song ideas. Transistor rocks, but it has so much more to offer than any casual fan will be ready for.
If 311 ever decide to follow such an abstract direction again, then they will truly shatter the limitations that musical mediators try and use to weigh down recording artists that have made it big. There is a notion to be easily digestible and not overstep any creative bounds beyond simplicity. Fortunately for us, there exists 311.

I don't believe there's anything wrong with going against the norm (sometimes it's needed badly), and 311 displayed this by writing what they wanted. I give a lot of respect to them for pushing the envelope and having this much ambition at a time when they were enjoying much success.
This album is amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd W. G. Johnson on March 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
311 have managed to create a masterpiece with "Transistor". From beginning to end, this CD really delivers. In their previous self-titled effort, 311 mixed agressive rap phrasing with singing which builds the listener up to melodic, memorable, yet sparse, singing. Transistor showcases the band's vocal talents in full effect. There is a healthy variety of musically blended styles which are 100% effective and pleasing to the ear. The two male vocalists harmonize to perfection over jagged guitar and clangy drum sytlings which remain fresh and hook-drenched. It's a pure pleasure to listen to the diversity of the voices rapping (less noisily or as often as before) at one moment, then crooning in perfect pitch and harmony (many times all the way through an entire song) at the next. Listening to such tracks as "Inner Light Spectrum" and "Use of Time" is a totally blissful experience and can lift any bad mood. Other tracks like "Beautiful Disaster" and the title song flourish with a more edgier, yet still catchy, brilliance. "Creature Feature" portrays an excellent transformation from a happy, carefree verse into an almost frightening bridge and chorus (complete with eerie bells) then back again. "Stealing Happy Hours" virtually transports the listener into an almost lounge-like setting with its skillfull guitar handiwork. "No Control" starts out with a funky Prince-style "Wacka Wacka" guitar lick and calm vocals, then becomes an all out attack of rap and turns back around with a very effective result. In "What was I Thinking" Mr. Hexum's voice is drowned in distortion, to the point where most of the lyrics are undecipherable, yet it remains one of the disc's stronger tracks.Read more ›
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