From Chaos

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From Chaos
Studio album by 311
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded December 2000 - March 2001 at The Hive in North Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, rap rock, reggae rock
Length 40:00
Label Volcano Entertainment
Producer 311
Ron Saint Germain
311 chronology
Soundsystem
(1999)
From Chaos
(2001)
Evolver
(2003)
Singles from From Chaos
  1. "You Wouldn't Believe"
    Released: July 3, 2001
  2. "I'll Be Here Awhile"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Amber"
    Released: July 23, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

From Chaos is the sixth studio album by 311, released on June 19, 2001.

In 2000, before this album was recorded and released they left Capricorn Records and switched to Volcano Entertainment as their permanent label.

Singles from this album include "You Wouldn't Believe", "I'll Be Here Awhile", and "Amber". The latter was the most popular single from the album, and it still remains 311's most popular single to date.

From Chaos is the first album to ever be recorded in 311's current recording studio The Hive in North Hollywood, California.

"From Chaos" is an Enhanced CD, featuring interviews with the band.

Shortly after the album was mixed, lead singer Nick Hexum had his tonsils removed.

"Bomb the Town," "Will the World," "We Do It Like This," and "Dreamland" are b-sides from this CD. They can be heard on the bonus disc included with Enlarged to Show Detail 2.

Background[edit]

Much of the album From Chaos was written by the band while on tour in 2000 promoting their fifth studio album Soundsystem. The album name “From Chaos” was inspired by the band’s situation with their previous record label of 7 years, Capricorn Records. According to singer Nick Hexum, they “had a lot of disagreements with Capricorn over the years and it was just time to end our relationship.” The band sued Capricorn, voided their contract and signed with Volcano records. Although the band was going through the stress of legal trouble, they didn’t want to make an album about negativity, so most of the album is about “relationships and appreciating life” according to Hexum, who takes pride in being up-beat and positive.[3]

Critical Reception[edit]

The album "From Chaos" received positive reviews from various music critics. Steve Appleford of Los Angeles Times writes "[the album] "From Chaos" is mostly a repeat of proven 311 formulas (even with strange new flashes of prog-rock flavor), but singers Nicholas Hexum and S.A. Martinez are earnest, energetic MC's, crooning, rapping, shouting across a thundering blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop and psychedelia. Still fresh and funky."[4] Angelique Campbell from Dayton Daily News in Ohio writes, "311 stays with its formula of combining funk, rock and reggae with a dash of catchy pop sensibility on From Chaos."[5] Jacob Lunders, a contributor for Allmusic writes, "From Chaos astonishes and impresses with considerable energy and focus, proving itself as the album 311 has always been capable of making."[6]

However, Paul Massari of The Boston Globe criticized the album, writing "311 tries to demonstrate that it is still relevant in the era of the loud, angry rap-metal band. The death-rock power chords on tracks like "Full Ride" are plodding, and the tone of the gangsta raps is absurdly inflated."[7] Kathryn McGuire of Rolling Stone adds, "311 slings melodramatic metal riffs and whiny verses every which way, and their once-novel fusion seems unfocused and flat."[8] Kristen Koba, founder of Popmatters.com wrote, "The whiny white boy rap, almost funky bass lines, and grinding guitar riffs just couldn’t hold up in a city that offers so much innovative hip-hop and truly vital rock."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Get Worked" (Music: Hexum/Sexton; Lyrics: Hexum/Martinez) - 2:51
  2. "Sick Tight" (Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 2:44
  3. "You Wouldn't Believe"(Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:40
  4. "Full Ride" (Sexton; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:07
  5. "From Chaos" (Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:15
  6. "I Told Myself" (Sexton/Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 4:10
  7. "Champagne" (Hexum/Mahoney; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:04
  8. "Hostile Apostle" (Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:44
  9. "Wake Your Mind Up" (Sexton/Wills; Hexum/Will Adams/Tre Hardson) - 3:12
  10. "Amber" (Hexum) - 3:29
  11. "Uncalm" (Hexum/Mahoney; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:11
  12. "I'll Be Here Awhile" (Hexum/Martinez) - 3:28

B-Sides & Outtakes[edit]

I'll Be Here Awhile (acoustic version) appears on enlarged to show detail 2

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 10

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "You Wouldn't Believe" Modern Rock Tracks 7
2001 "You Wouldn't Believe" Mainstream Rock Tracks 32
2001 "I'll Be Here Awhile" Modern Rock Tracks 15
2002 "Amber" Modern Rock Tracks 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived January 19, 2008)
  3. ^ Conrad, Ed (October 5, 2001). "For a Band Without an Attitude, Life is Good". The Record. p. 1. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1] Steve, Appleford. "POP MUSIC; Record Rack; in Brief; ** 1/2 311." Los Angeles Times. Jul 08 2001.
  5. ^ Campbell, Angelique. "Recordings on Review." Dayton Daily News. Jun 29 2001.
  6. ^ [2] Lunders, Jacob. "From Chaos." Allmusic.com April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ [3] Massari, Paul. "311 from Chaos Volcano Entertainment." The Boston Globe Jul 12 2001.
  8. ^ Archived January 19, 2008 at the Wayback Machine.McGuire, Kathryn. "From Chaos". Rolling Stone. Aug 02 2001.
  9. ^ [4].Koba, Kristen. "311: From Chaos". PopMatters.com.