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2011 release, the 10th album from the Alt-Rock band. Like its predecessor, Uplifter, Universal Pulse was produced by Bob Rock, who has produced or engineered albums by numerous notable acts, such as Metallica, Aerosmith, M”tley Cre, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Our Lady Peace and The Offspring. Steering away from ballads and lighter material, Universal Pulse sounds closer to the band's live sound than ever before. Features the single 'Sunset In July'.
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records / Red
  • ASIN: B0052SNP0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon Prater on July 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I got my pre-order Friday before the Tuesday that this album was released, and let's just say... Things couldn't have been better with this album. Yes, it's 311's shortest album, packing only eight songs, but every single one of these songs gives you the old school 311 feel that we have all been missing. Not since From Chaos have I been able to get a natural high from the play button...

I'll break down the 8 songs here, one by one.

1. Time Bomb (4.5/5): this is an old-school shout out to the hardcore 311 fans, mixing sounds within the song like 311 is known to do.
SONG WILL REMIND YOU OF: Dancehall, Homebrew

2. Wild Nights (5/5): this is a song about maturing. Taking the experiences in your prior times and turning them into wisdom. Featuring an adrenaline-invoking solo from none other than miT Mahoney and a high energy rap from SA, this song is what 311 fans have waited on.

3. Sunset In July (4/5): a "feel-good" summer jam. A slow groove from Chad on the drums, a nice guitar harmony from Nick and miT, and a modest yet thumping bassline from P-Nut hold the pace while Nick and SA sing about the joys of seeing their fans having fun at the shows...

4. Trouble (4.5/5): A slow, funky groove explaining past troubles of Nick's life. This song has 'I'm a wailers fan' written all over it, without being a rip-off. This song is more aimes towards the 'chill' crowd, while containing just enough edge to make the more high energy fans happy as well.

5. Count Me In (10/5): Easily their best summer jam since 'Strong All Along'. I personally can't get enough of this song.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Z. Mazza on July 25, 2011
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I've owned this album for a week now, and wanted to really digest it and give it sometime to settle in before reviewing this album. I'm glad I did because one week ago I may have given this album 4 or 5 stars based only on the "newness" and "excitement" of a new 311 record.

I've been a longtime fan of the band, and have enjoyed over 10 years of following them on tour and keeping pace with each studio release. My undieing love of this band has, at times, made it difficult to be critical of their releases, but this time I feel that I can offer a pretty good summary.

The stand-out issue with this album is its length. The band attributed this to "only taking 2 years to make this record as opposed to 4 for our previous effot." This doesn't sit well with me, first of all, because the band is making excuses this is basically aknowledging that the lenght of the album is indeed a problem. Secondly, it's not a good excuse. Up until "Uplifter" there has been a 2 year span between each album and each met or exceeded 11 songs. There was even 2 years to make "Transistor" which featured 21 songs. So I don't think a time crunch was the issue.

Now, setting aside the length and focusing on content I run into a few issues with this album. The first is the general lack of innovation and, truly, I don't feel they took any risks. The first half of the album does not explore any new territory, though I will admit that "Trouble" is a nice tune by itself which does feature some unique guitar distortions to keep it from otherwise being another "sleepy reggae" song.

Songs like "Count me in" and "wild nights" while insanely catchy, are quickly digested and end up seeming like token obligations rather than truly meaningful songs.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on July 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was a little nervous about this becasue its 28 minutes long and though I am a die hard 311 fan I was afraid that they would hold back for the fan who thought "Don't Tread On Me" and "Uplifter" where sub par. I in fact loved every 311 album in creation (with S.A. Martinez in the lineup of course). This album is a must have for any 311 fan. It has everything that 311 fans would want:Cool time signatures, Bass solo on the last song, Harmonies, Rapping, Crunchy Guitars, Complicated drum patterns, and cool positive lyrics. Please for the love of GOD believe me! If you like 311. Whether your a "Old school" or new fan or a fan who only likes "Music" to "Transistor". Or Only The "Blue Album". Or even if your a dude stopped caring after any point in history because you felt they stopped trying this will not dissapoint you! I own "Music", "Grassroots", "The Blue Album", "Transistor","LIVE", "Soundsystem","From Chaos","Evolver", "Greatest Hits 93-03", "Don't Tread On Me", "Uplifter(The Deluxe Version)", and now The Essential "Universal Pulse". You will love this! If you don't I dare to email me and say "Gedy "Roost" Murphy! YOU ARE A LIAR AND THIS CD SUCKS!!!!!!!" Because you won't. Buy this album and sit in the sun while listening to it. Make love to your girlfreind and listen to it. Put it on and jam to it. Smoke a joint or have a brew and put it on.Its a soundtrack to your life!

It was because of this band that I discovered my love for music and led me to all the other bands I love. If it where not for Chad Sexton, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, P-NUT, and Nick Hexum I would have killed my self. This has been a rough ten years for me with the economy, no money, and crappy pop polluting the airwaves. 311 has made life a little more tolerable.
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