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|06-07-2009 08:49 | 0 comment(s)|
| Bob Rock's (Metallica, Motley Crue) direction feels evident from the crunchy opening riffs of "Hey You," but like a lot of 311 [ tickets ]'s songs, they don't stay in the same place for very long. The verse arrives and the guitars deliver a cleaner, offbeat reggae feel--a dynamic shift that makes the loud louder.
The Omaha, NE, quintet--guitarist/vocalist Nick Hexum, guitarist Tim Mahoney, DJ/Vocalist S.A. Martinez, bassist P-Nut, and drummer Chad Sexton--always knew how to use volume for effect. In fact, their penchant for mixing metal, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, funk and whatever will fit in their kitchen-sink approach is still very much intact on this, their first studio album since 2005's "Don't Tread On Me."
The reggae is emphasized on "Mix It Up," while guitarist Mahoney strums oriental modalities on "Golden Sunlight," and busts out the sitar sounds for "India Ink." Chad Sexton's sprite drumming drives the poppy step of "It's Alright," which also sports slappy bass funk from P-Nut--a stark contrast from the menacing line he delivers on the heavier "Something Out Of Nothing."
The poppy and melodic "Too Much Too Fast" has Hexum and Martinez collaborating on nice vocal harmonies, and the dreamy "Two Drops In The Ocean" begs for a cold drink and sand between the toes.
In general, it's a case of something new, something old, and, in a few cases, something very familiar. The syncopated guitar on "Jackpot" harkens back to the older funk-driven metal of "Homebrew" and "Unity," and the pseudo-marimba tones of the romantic closer "My Heart Sings" smacks of 2001's single "Amber."
It's the kind of stylistic hopscotch that almost doesn't make sense when you think about it in theory, but works perfectly when you hear it.
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