Sublime
40 Oz. to Freedom


4.5
superb

Review

by Chris Maziejka USER (49 Reviews)
October 9th, 2005 | 396 replies | 36,522 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Sublime has always been a great band; becoming famous even as their frontman ceased to live. They released three albums in the duration of Brad Nowell's lifetime, and this one, 40 Oz. to Freedom, is IMO their best as well as the bands first. All legends have to start somewhere; and in this case, it was a few living rooms and a studio over in Long Beach, California. With a total of 22 tracks (21 of them being actual songs), this album has alot to give. It mixes elements of punk, hip-hop, and most easily noticed ska. Several other friends of the band played on this release, sporting instruments such as trombones, baritones, trumpets, congas, and even a bong (yes I know its not a real instrument).

In my eyes, this is not simply a good CD; its a collection. I can hardly name a mediocre song on here...Theres something for all kinds of tastes in music. Lots of the songs start with a slow bassline, soft acoustic guitars and simple but supporting drum beat. Then later on, the track can become extremly fast and catchy, quickly change back for a minute, then suddenly end. I don't know of any other band that could pull songs like that off. "We're Only Gonna Die For Our Arrogance" and "Ball and Chain" are easily two of the best examples of this style. Something on this album can sound like a real easy moving folk song, then burst into a pure ska-punk chorus. Its amazing.

After the first five or six tracks, you'll know that this is a long album...and a good one at that. With enough energy and catch in these songs, even a five and a half minute acoustic ballad from Brad won't see your finger on the skip button. You'll have it repeated over again, until you learn the lyrics. Then you'll repeat it again so you can sing along with it. "Badfish", "Lets Go Get Stoned", and "D.J.s" are all perfect songs in my opinion, and displays elements of all of that.

So the first half of the album is finished...Lots of well executed hip-hop-like vocals, occasional punkish tunes, and a boatload of catch. The end of this release hardly falls short of the other portion; many consider it to be the best songs on the CD. It really starts with "Chica me Tipo" (Remember 'Chick on my Tip' from SHS?), which is mainly driven by the instrumental; several horns played on that track. Here you listen to the stronger ska sounds of the album, like the pure riffs of "What Happened" and "Date Rape" (which by the way, was the first Sublime song discovered by major radio stations in 1995, three years after its release).

As 40 Oz. starts to wind down, you'll get to hear what Brad is very well-known for: excellent vocal display combined with his acoustic. This creates a very satisfying 'almost finished' feel; you don't want the album to end, but hell, 'I just listened to 20 tracks'. Sublime does this well and ends their debut on a good note with the amazing cover of 'Rivers of Babylon' (the track after RoB is a recording of Brad thanking everybody he felt helped produce the album).

As an overall score, this one deserves a 4.5. If it suffered anywhere, its in the sound quality...which doesn't bother me in the least bit, but to some people bad quality apparently means bad album.

A defenite buy: 40 Oz. to Freedom by Sublime

Credits:

Guitar/Vocals: Brad Nowell
Bass: Eric Wilson
Drums: Bud Gaugh
Sampler/Vocals: Marshall Goodman



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rudd13
October 9th 2005



952 Comments


Nice review.

Date Rape is all I've heard off this, among maybe some singles.
I'm not a fan, but this was a good review.

Zebra
Moderator
October 9th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. The only thing you didn't mention is that

"Hope" is a Descendents cover
"Scarlet Begonias" is a Grateful Dead cover (I think)

This is my favorite Sublime album.

riobravo1023
October 9th 2005



274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great CD, although I like the self-titled one better.

francesfarmer
October 9th 2005



1477 Comments


Thanks for the feedback

And yes, Zebra, Scarlet Begonias is a Grateful Dead cover.

NEDM
October 9th 2005



1113 Comments


This is a great album.

Date Rape = Secks (no pun intended)

Berserker!
October 10th 2005



73 Comments


I heard that 40 oz to freedom likes this album

TurnTheOtherWay
March 8th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What songs on here are covers? I know We're Only Gonna Die... is a Bad Religion cover, but that's about it.
Also, this is one of my favorite albums. I'm not a big fan of ska, hip hop, or reggae, but this album just seems to make me like it. I don't really know how to explain it.This Message Edited On 03.08.06

redparrot5446
March 21st 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

every song on this album is amazing i listen to it every 3 days and the songs dont get old


BasShorty
March 24th 2006



26 Comments


goody goody good album

711
April 2nd 2006



1342 Comments


Great album, Badfish is one of the best songs sublime ever did in my opinion.

Weezerfan_returns
April 9th 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, second only to Robbin the Hood. Their worst album is the self titled.

tom79
April 16th 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What songs on here are covers?

#3,4,6,10,19,21 are covers.This Message Edited On 02.28.08

Digging: Braid - No Coast

masada
May 5th 2006



2733 Comments


Good stuff.This Message Edited On 05.05.06

metallicaman8
May 5th 2006



4677 Comments


This is their best album in my opinion. Good review also

Pizza
May 6th 2006



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah i love this cd. My favorite Sublime album by far.

Hewitt
June 2nd 2006



371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely my favorite Sublime cd. There's so many good quality songs on here, I don't find myself skipping many when listening to this. I love the diversity of song styles throughout this cd and Sublime's other albums.

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
June 6th 2006



39 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing album. Better than the s/t but not by much. I never skip a track on here, they're all great.

Jimmy
June 18th 2006



717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great album, but s/t has better flow.

metallicaman8
June 18th 2006



4677 Comments


Superb album. But I agree with Jimmy.

NoMoreDiminishedChords
July 1st 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This Is my 2nd favorite sublime album right behind Robbin' the hood. Their self titled one was really over-rated.



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