Mosaic (311 album)

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Mosaic
311 Mosaic 2017.jpg
Studio album by 311
Released June 23, 2017
Recorded Recorded at The Hive in North Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, reggae rock, rap rock
Length 60:32
Label BMG
Producer Scotch Ralston (tracks 2-4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12-16)
John Feldmann (tracks 1, 5, 8, 11, 17)
311 studio album chronology
Stereolithic
(2014)Stereolithic2014
Mosaic
(2017)
Singles from Mosaic
  1. "Too Much to Think"
    Released: March 11, 2017
  2. "'Til The City's On Fire"
    Released: August 8, 2017

Mosaic is the twelfth studio album by the American rock band 311. It was released on June 23, 2017. It is the first to be produced by John Feldmann. It is also the fourth to be produced by Scotch Ralston. The track listing was revealed by Pledge Music on April 10, 2017.[1]

Singles[edit]

"Too Much to Think" was released as the first official single on March 11, 2017.[2]

"Too Late" was released as the first promotional single on April 13, 2017, and second, "Perfect Mistake," was released on June 9, 2017.[3]

"'Til The City's On Fire" was released as the second official single August 8, 2017.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Alternative Nationhighly favorable[6]
CrypticRock4.5/5 stars[7]
NewsdayB+[8]
New-Transcendence9/10 stars[9]
Rock Cellar Magazinehighly favorable[10]

Mosaic was well-received upon release, with praise being directed towards a perceived return to peak musical, creative, and conceptual form. In a highly favorable review written by the staff of Rock Cellar Magazine, titled Best New Music: 311 Challenge Themselves with the Layered and Richly Rewarding New Album, ‘Mosaic’, they wrote, "Overall, Mosaic is one of the most intriguing and engaging albums 311’s released to date." [11]

In a positive review from AllMusic, author Neil Z. Yeung notes that "it's a triumphant declaration from these vets, a rousing promise that the party has yet to end," giving the album four stars.[5]

In another review from Lisa Whealy of CrypticRock.com, Whealy states that the album is "an artistic reflection of their appreciation to fans that go to show after show, supporting the band through their creative ride," also saying that it is "an album that stands tall next to prior 311 efforts, Mosaic is certainly the musical definition of the word and it deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Mosaic debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 with 39,000 album-equivalent units, of which 37,000 were pure album sales.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Too Much to Think"Zakk Cervini, John Feldmann, Nick Hexum, Matthew Pauling3:54
2."Wildfire"N. Hexum, Doug "SA" Martinez, Gabriel Weiner, Aaron "P-Nut" Wills5:28
3."The Night Is Young"N. Hexum, Weiner3:48
4."Island Sun"N. Hexum, Scott "Scotch" Ralston3:00
5."Perfect Mistake"Cervini, Feldmann, N. Hexum, Pauling, Martinez, Wills3:10
6."Extension"N. Hexum, Martinez, Weiner2:51
7."Inside Our Home"N. Hexum, Dillon Pace, Evan Taubenfeld3:40
8."'Til the City's on Fire"Cervini, Feldmann, N. Hexum, Pauling, Wills2:56
9."Too Late"N. Hexum, Ralston5:23
10."Hey Yo"Geoffrey Earley, N. Hexum, Martinez, Ralston3:33
11."Places That the Mind Goes"Nathaniel Caserta, Feldmann, Alan Hampton, N. Hexum3:00
12."Face in the Wind"N. Hexum, Tim Mahoney, Martinez, Ralston, Wills3:40
13."Forever Now"N. Hexum, Zack Hexum, Nicole Watkins3:26
14."Days of '88"N. Hexum, Martinez, Ralston, Chad Sexton3:54
15."One and the Same"N. Hexum, Martinez, Wills3:27
16."Syntax Error"Ralston, Sexton2:13
17."On a Roll"Cervini, Feldmann, N. Hexum, Pauling, Ralston3:09
Total length:60:32

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[13]

311

  • Nick Hexum – vocals (lead vocals on tracks: 1-17), guitar, keyboards, composition
  • Doug "SA" Martinez – vocals (lead vocals on tracks: 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12–15, 17), turntables, composition
  • Tim Mahoney – guitar, composition
  • P-Nut – bass, composition
  • Chad Sexton – drums, mixing (tracks: 2-4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12-16), composition

Additional personnel

  • Nathaniel Caserta - composition (track 11)
  • Zakk Cervini - engineering and mixing (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 11, 17), composition
  • Geoffrey Earley - composition (track 10)
  • John Feldmann - production and recording (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 11, 17), composition
  • Nicole Hexum - composition (track 13)
  • Zack Hexum - composition (track 13)
  • Joe Gastwirt - mastering
  • Alan Hampton - backing vocals (track 11), composition
  • Gabriel Isaac - composition (tracks: 2, 3, 6)
  • Dillon Pace - composition (track 7)
  • Matt Pauling - additional production and engineering (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 11, 17), composition
  • Scotch Ralston - production and recording (tracks: 2-4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12-16), composition
  • Evan Taubenfeld - composition (track 7)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 6
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[15] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 2

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[17] 29
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ 311 announce song-titles & tracklisting for new album MOSAIC!
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 13, 2017). "Hear 311's Uplifting 'Too Much to Think' From New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Rock Cellar Magazine Staff (June 9, 2017). "New from 311: Stream 'Perfect Mistake,' from Their New Album 'Mosaic' Due Out 6/23". Rock Cellar Magazine. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Future Releases Alternative". All Access. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Neil Z. Yeung (2017-06-23). "AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  6. ^ Joe Hughes (2017-06-25). "311 Sail Into Uncharted Waters With 'Mosaic'". alternativenation.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  7. ^ a b Lisa Whealy (2017-06-23). "311 – Mosaic (Album Review)". crypticrock.com. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  8. ^ Glenn Gamboa (2017-06-22). "'Mosaic' review: 311 keeps their unique rap-rock-reggae vibe alive". newsday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  9. ^ Toney Emmons (2017-06-24). "REVIEW – 311 – MOSAIC". new-transcendence.com. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  10. ^ Rock Cellar Magazine Staff (2017-06-22). "Best New Music: 311 Challenge Themselves with the Layered and Richly Rewarding New Album, 'Mosaic'". rockcellarmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  11. ^ Rock Cellar Magazine Staff (2017-06-22). "Best New Music: 311 Challenge Themselves with the Layered and Richly Rewarding New Album, 'Mosaic'". rockcellarmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  12. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 2, 2017). "DJ Khaled's 'Grateful' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Mosaic (CD). 311. BMG. 2017.
  14. ^ "311 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "311 Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "311 Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Independent Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top Rock Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved August 6, 2018.