Soundsystem (311 album)

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Soundsystem
Studio album by 311
Released October 12, 1999
Recorded March - June 1999
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock, rap rock, alternative metal, reggae rock
Length 48:44
Label Capricorn Records
Producer 311
Hugh Padgham
Scotch Ralston
311 chronology
Live
(1998)
Soundsystem
(1999)
From Chaos
(2001)
Singles from Soundsystem
  1. "Come Original"
    Released: August 25th, 1999
  2. "Flowing"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Large in the Margin"
    Released: 2000

Soundsystem is the fifth studio album by 311, released on October 12, 1999. Soundsystem, which was certified Gold by the RIAA, was the last 311 album on Capricorn Records before the band switched to Volcano Records in 2000. Recording processes for the album began on March 11, 1999.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club Unfavorable[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]

Rolling Stone discusses their mix of various genres, commenting "they offer their most ambitious fusion yet -- each track is a whirlwind tour of their soulful influences. Alas, the ingredients usually refuse to mix in 311's hands, resulting in disjunctions that veer between the bland and the unintentionally funny".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Freeze Time" (Music: Hexum; Lyrics: Hexum/Martinez) - 3:21
  2. "Come Original" (Hexum/Wills; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:42
  3. "Large in the Margin" (Sexton; Hexum) - 3:28
  4. "Flowing" (Hexum) - 3:13
  5. "Can't Fade Me" (Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 2:10
  6. "Life's Not a Race" (Hexum/Mahoney; Hexum/Martinez) - 4:26
  7. "Strong All Along" (Hexum; Hexum/Martinez) - 3:28
  8. "Sever" (Hexum/Wills; Hexum/Martinez) - 4:42
  9. "Eons" (Sexton; Hexum) - 3:13
  10. "Evolution" (Hexum/Sexton; Hexum/Martinez) - 4:17
  11. "Leaving Babylon" (Miller/Jenifer/Hudson/Hudson) - 3:59
  12. "Mindspin" (Sexton; Hexum/Martinez) - 4:00
  13. "Livin' & Rockin'" (Mahoney; Hexum/Martinez) - 2:42

B-sides & outtakes[edit]

  • "Blizza" (Hexum) - 1:16 - (Available via 311' website) [1]
  • "Cali Soca" (Hexum/Sexton/Mahoney/Wills) - 3:36 - (Available via 311' website)
  • "Dancehall" - (??; Hexum/Martinez) - 2:51 (Appears on the Enlarged to Show Detail 2 bonus EP)
  • "Seal the Deal" (??; Hexum) - 3:22 - (Available via 311' website)

Unreleased[edit]

  • "Forward"
  • "Hazy"
  • "The 90's"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales
US Billboard 200 9[5] US: Gold[6]

Singles[edit]

Song Chart Peak
position
"Come Original" U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 6[5]
"Come Original" U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 39[5]
"Flowing" U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soundsystem - 311". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "311: Soundsystem". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Weingarten, Marc (1999-10-22). "Soundsystem Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ a b Chonin, Neva (1999-10-28). "311: Soundsystem : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  5. ^ a b c d 311. "311 - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-07-09.