Uplifter

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Uplifter
Studio album by 311
Released June 2, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009 at The Hive in North Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, reggae rock
Length 46:54 (Standard Edition) 56:00 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Volcano Entertainment
Producer Bob Rock
311 studio album chronology
Don't Tread on Me
(2005)
Uplifter
(2009)
Universal Pulse
(2011)
Singles from Uplifter
  1. "Hey You"
    Released: April 10, 2009
  2. "It's Alright"
    Released: June 9, 2009 (radio)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
IGN 6/10 stars[2]
LiveDaily Favorable[3]
Ultimate Guitar (4.8/10)[4]

Uplifter is the ninth studio album by American rock band 311, released on June 2, 2009 by Volcano Records. It is the band's first album in nearly four years, the longest gap between albums in 311's career. Uplifter was produced by Bob Rock, who has produced or engineered albums by numerous notable acts, such as Metallica, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Our Lady Peace and The Offspring. It debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, their highest position to date.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

The first single from the album, "Hey You", was sent to radio stations for airplay on April 7, and was officially released April 10, 2009.

Before the official release date, Uplifter was streamed in full (including the deluxe edition tracks) on the band's MySpace page and was featured on Playlist.com.[6][7]

Uplifter has received mixed reactions from critics. Andrew Leahey of Allmusic gave it a generally favorable review and said that Uplifter "...[wields] a polished mix of tour-worthy anthems and lighter-hoisting ballads that seem destined to fare better in concert than on record." [1]

It has received criticism as well. Talking about the lyrics, Laina Dawes of Consequence of Sound said, "...don’t look for any insightful wisdom here. ... Then again, how important are lyrics in this genre, or even this modern day age of Britney Spears and Lady Gaga? In comparison to that schlock, this is pure poetry."[8]

Colin Moriarty of IGN reviewed each of the songs from Uplifter one-by-one. He said that while some show 311 maturing musically, there are still songs for the hardcore fans. Moriarty noted that his favorite song from the album was "Get Down," saying, "311 songs with a message and a hard-hitting rap-rock sound have become increasingly rare since the days of Soundsystem and From Chaos, and Get Down is certainly a welcome addition to Uplifter's roster of songs."[2]

The Record Review noted "that after a couple of somewhat lackluster releases (2003’s Evolver and 2005’s Don’t Tread On Me) and a subsequent extended break, 311 has returned with a record that is full of life."[9]

According to Nick Hexum's Twitter page, there will be an additional six b-sides for use at a later date.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nick Hexum and SA Martinez, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hey You"   3:56
2. "It's Alright" (Hexum, Martinez, Aaron Wills) 3:35
3. "Mix It Up" (Hexum) 2:54
4. "Golden Sunlight" (Hexum, Martinez, Chad Sexton, Tim Mahoney) 4:30
5. "India Ink" (Hexum) 3:37
6. "Daisy Cutter" (Hexum) 3:54
7. "Too Much Too Fast"   3:53
8. "Never Ending Summer" (Hexum, Sexton, Wills) 4:05
9. "Two Drops in the Ocean"   3:47
10. "Something Out of Nothing"   4:25
11. "Jackpot" (Hexum, Martinez, Sexton) 3:54
12. "My Heart Sings" (Hexum) 4:23
Total length:
46:54

Bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales
US Billboard 200 3[10] 60,000[5]
US Billboard Rock Albums 2[10]
US Billboard Digital Albums 3[10]
US Billboard Alternative Albums 2[10]

Singles[edit]

Song Chart (2009) Peak
position
"Hey You" U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 3[11]
"Hey You" U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 17[11]
"It's Alright" U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 16[10]
"It's Alright" U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 38[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew (June 2, 2009). "(((Uplifter > Overview)))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Colin Moriarty. "311 - Uplifter Review - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  3. ^ Zulaica, Don (June 3, 2009). "Album Review: 311, "Uplifter" (Jive)". LiveDaily. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ McDonald, Chris (June 30, 2009). "Uplifter Review". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (June 10, 2009). "Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ Un. "311 | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Dallin (June 11, 2009). "Uplifter". The Soup Nazi's Soup Kitchen. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. ^ Dawes, Laina (June 2, 2009). "Album Review: 311- Uplifter". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ Posted by recordreview (2009-06-02). "311 Get Down with New Record « The Record Review". Recordreview.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Top Rock Songs & Charts, Rock Music Hits & Popular Rock Music Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  11. ^ a b "Top Rock Songs & Charts, Rock Music Hits & Popular Rock Music Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19.