- Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
- Deluxe ed. edition
- Original Release Date: June 2, 2009
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 228 minutes
- ASIN: B001VEC8CW
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,705 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Limited deluxe CD/DVD edition includes two bonus audio tracks plus a bonus 70+ minute DVD. 2009 album from the Al-Rockers Uplifter is 311's ninth album, produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Cult) at the band's LA area residence/studio The Hive. Uplifter will satisfy longtime followers while serving to grow their tribe, exposing a new generation to 311's music and their hopeful message of vitality and unity.
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If you are a "real" 311 fan you'll dig it.
If your a different fan with a set motion on what you want already I'm not sure what you'll think to be honest.
Fast forward to 2009 when "alternative radio" is now that stuff from a decade ago mixed with some current stuff, and "Hey You" hits heavy rotation. I barely listen to radio anymore, so to hear it means someone thinks it's hot. I listened to the previews on Amazon, and decided it was worth the gamble to buy.
These guys are no spring chickens anymore, but the impression that I got immediately is that they take themselves less seriously and are willing to just be whatever it is they are, which admittedly is hard to classify. The vocalists are adequate and mediocre, but they're influenced by so many genres that they're hard to classify. By giving into it and doing their thing, I think this is the most accessible thing they've put out. Pop fans will love it, much to the dismay of their hard core fans, I'm sure.
"Hey You" is certainly a great track all around, and representative of the thing I like about them: It mixes some great harmonies, drops a big change in the bridge, then brings it home. It's a pattern you find on a lot of songs, and I love it. "Mix It Up," "India Ink," "Never Ending Summer" and "I Like The Way" are impossible to get out of your head.
They go in a lot of mellow directions in between as well, some with driving background guitar ("Golden Sunlight," with another one of those killer bridges) and some that just kind of wander ("Two Drops In The Ocean"). It's a surprisingly well paced album, with the exception of "Jackpot," which sounds completely out of place.
I'll maintain that the big story here is the inclusion of "Sun Come Through" as an "Amazon Exclusive," as this should've been a part of the album proper, and is easily the most impressive song in this release. It's the correct ending to the album. I'm not sure what the authors intended, but for me it's a great song about finding yourself, setting aside destructive behavior and centering yourself after some nasty stuff. It's this band's "Yellow Ledbetter," if you will. It'll take lots of fan requests and brave radio people to get this out into the open. It's easily the best song I've ever heard from them.
Uplifter is a great album. Of course it's not as hardcore as their earlier stuff. You can always expect the natural progression of a band to get a little softer over the years and throughout their evolution. What I really like about this CD is it's full, robust sound. It's well recorded and just sounds great. Pop it into your car CD player and blast it, or throw it on at home and pump the volume up. It has a heavily produced sound that's a joy to listen to. The songs and melodies are well written. SA & Nick share the mic in reasonable proportions. I feel bits of From Chaos & Transistor in many of their new songs while at the same time feeling a completely new sound that I haven't heard them produce before. I popped this CD in and loved it the first time through, which is rare, and I truly believe it's getting better the more that I listen to it.
New 311 fans will love this album. Old school 311 fans will buy it and decide for themselves, and fans who were let down by the last two CD releases by 311 over the last decade will enjoy this album immensely more! My suggestion, buy it and listen to it without any expectations in your mind to cloud your judgment and you may be able to appreciate it in a different way than you had anticipated. The fact that I didn't like their last two CD's helped me approach this CD without high expectations and I think this helped me enjoy it a lot.
Hey you (10/10) They're breakthrough on this album. This song is great!!!
It's Alright (8/10) its pretty good!
Mix it up (9/10) really good song one of 2nd favorites :]
Golden sunlight (10/10) Awesome Song. One of my favorites!
India Ink (9/10) Really good. something u will probably hear on a Mainstream rock Station!
Daisy Cutter (6/10) one of my least favorites its okay :/
Too much too fast (9/10) Good. it has an upbeat 60's vibe. its cool!
Never ending summer (9/10) this is an awesome opener at they're shows Really cool song!
Two drops of the ocean (8/10) pretty good
Something out of nothing (9/10) Really good song!
Jackpot (9/10) A party song like Creatures#For awhile#
My heart sings (7/10#) its an okay song :>
I like the way (9/10) pretty good bonus track!
Get down (1,000,000,000/10) absolutley positively honestly Freakin' LOVEEEEEEEEEE THIS SONG. Best song on the album! awesome Closer!
i Pretty much Love this album one of the best 311 albums!