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Uplifter

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311 6/2/2009

Review

Now entering its third decade, 311 has cemented its status as a muscled touring machine, capable of selling out venues across the country without the assistance of high-charting singles or current albums. Uplifter, the band's ninth studio release (and first album in nearly four years), is streamlined accordingly, wielding a polished mix of tour-worthy anthems and lighter-hoisting ballads that seem destined to fare better in concert than on record. This is standard 311 fare, stuffed with the requisite flourishes of alternative rock, reggae, and frat boy funk that made the band popular some 15 years prior. Bob Rock produces the rock numbers with a beefy hand -- 311 has rarely sounded so heavy before -- while allowing the band to retain its sonic calling cards: the heavy chorus effect on Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez's harmonies, the watery strum of Tim Mahoney's guitar, and the crispness of Chad Sexton's snare drum. Uplifter may be better suited to a concert set list than a stereo, as some of these songs lose their vitality on record. Even so, the album is strong enough to keep the flames fanned, and returning 311 fans should be pleased. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hey You 311 3:54
  3. 2 It's Alright 311 3:34
  4. 3 Mix It Up 311 2:54
  5. 4 Golden Sunlight 311 4:29
  6. 5 India Ink 311 3:38
  7. 6 Daisy Cutter 311 3:54
  8. 7 Too Much Too Fast 311 3:52
  9. 8 Never Ending Summer 311 4:5
  10. 9 Two Drops in the Ocean 311 3:47
  11. 10 Something out of Nothing 311 4:24
  12. 11 Jackpot 311 3:53
  13. 12 My Heart Sings 311 4:21

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