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** 1/2 311, "From Chaos," Volcano.

July 08, 2001|STEVE APPLEFORD

311 wasn't the first to mix funk with punk, but this quintet of L.A.-based Nebraskans long ago made the sound its own. "From Chaos" is mostly a repeat of proven 311 formulas (even with strange new flashes of prog-rock flavor), but singers Nicholas Hexum and S.A. are earnest, energetic MCs, crooning, rapping, shouting across a thundering blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop and psychedelia. Still fresh and funky.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.

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