311 has been putting out studio albums consistently for 24 years now. This formula usually doesn’t work out for bands and while groups like Ko(backwards R)n and others who have tried to keep pace, have lost and gained back members and havn’t improved on the quality of their music quite like 311 has.
In their latest album, Mosaic, the reggae rock group brings a mixture of music they’ve played throughout the years while adhering to the new rock sound out there on a few tracks thanks to (or no thanks to) producer John Feldmann. I like Feldmann, just not necessarily for 311. The first single, Too Much to Think, is a great opening track and sets the pace for what’s to come. Other stand out songs on the album include: Island Sun, Inside Our Home, Forever Now, and the easy listening Places That the Mind Goes.
311 is one of those rare bands that I anticipate getting their new album every 2 to 3 years and it looks like they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. You kind of know what to expect with a new 311 record and I enjoy that. I give the album an overall score of 269/311.
Quick Ranking of my favorite 311 albums: