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..
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 pos..
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..