Rolling Stone - p.1163 stars out of 5
- "With their reggae inflections and positive vibrations, road warriors 311 have always been clearly set apart from the angsty rap-rock pack."
Lyricists: P. Thompson; D. Martinez; Larry Tolhurst; R. Hamilton Smith; B. Williams; Robert O'Donnell, Jr.; Nicholas Hexum.
311: Nick Hexum (vocals, guitar); P-Nut (bass guitar); Tim Mahoney, S.A. Martinez, Chad Sexton.
Personnel: Nicholas Hexum (vocals, guitar); S.A. Martinez (vocals); Tim Mahoney (guitar); Chad Sexton (drums).
DJ: S.A. Martinez.
Audio Mixers: Saint; Scott Ralston; Chad Sexton; Eddy Offord; David Kahne; Jack Joseph Puig; Joe Gastwirt.
Photographers: Alison Dyer; Melodie McDaniel; Darin Black; Catherine Wessel; Marina Chavez; Brian Smith ; Annalisa ; Danny Clinch.
With its signature hybrid sound, 311 spawned scores of imitators and emerged as one of the best-loved and most enduring groups on the rap-metal scene. The band freely combines not only hip-hop and heavy metal, but liberal doses of reggae, funk, dub, Beach Boys-style harmonies, and Phish-like jam-band music. The Nebraska-based quintet steers clear of the sharp edges and angst-laden lyrics of contemporaries Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine in favor of an all-inclusive, celebratory vibe. Starting with the Chili Peppers-esque punk-funk workout "Down" and progressing through the trippy Caribbean-tinged "Amber" to the surf/ska-influenced "Do You Right," GREATEST HITS '93-'03 comes as advertised, collecting all of the band's favorites into one non-stop party package.