40 Oz. to Freedom



by combustion07 USER (53 Reviews)
November 13th, 2008 | 12 replies

Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My favorite album... Ever.

Sublime is a very unique band; they blend styles of punk, rap, reggae,
house, and many other styles of music. The diversity of the band is
what really separates them from all the other bands out there. This is
what makes Sublime the needle in the haystack for the punk/ska style
of music.

The album begins with a very rhythmic song called "Waiting for My
Ruca" it is kind of a slower paced song, the drum and bass on this
particular track stick out and are very memorable. "Waiting for My
Ruca" starts this album off great, it isn't exactly their best song
ever but it serves its purpose to keep you listening, the only problem
is the length of the song, its not that long but it does drag a little
towards the end of it.

The next two tracks on the album are flowing fluently with greatness,
"Smoke to Joints" is a very standout kind of reminiscent of Bob
Marley, like a lot of the music featured on the album. "40 Oz. To
Freedom" was one of the singles off the album and by far one of my
favorites next to "Lets Go Get Stoned". "Let's go get Stoned" is the
most mellow song on the album, it all just seems so natural. This
album contains some of the best chill tracks of all time. The heaviest
song on the album is "New Thrash", which has a real old school punk
feel to it, if your looking for heaviness though this CD really isn't
for you.

The Diversity on "Sublime" is amazing. They pull influences from
hip-hop, ska, reggae, and punk, blending them all to form a
masterpiece. Sublime has a great rhythm section and a great deal of
talent in the solo sections. There isn't one song on the album that
isn't really catchy, whether it's slow and simple or fast and
aggressive they find a way to make it catchy every time.

A lot of the songs featured here are covers, such as "Smoke Two
Joints", "We're Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance", and "Ball and
Chain" among others. The band has good flow and great story telling in
their lyrics, with songs starting out with "Stolen from and African
land, chased out with a knife. With a face like Bob Marley and a mouth
like a motorbike", to stories about karma and people going back to
their bad addictive ways. With a total of 22 tracks some may expect
the album to drag a little at some point, but it doesn't slow down for
a moment this album will keep you entertained the whole way through,
this is one of the few albums that can be listened to start to finish
every sitting without a dull moment.

It's hard to choose which half is best. They both have many great
things about them, the first half is a bit catchier than the second
half, but the second half has the best rhythm on the album apart from
"Waiting for my Ruca". But overall I recommend this album to pretty
much anyone; fans of music in general can find something they like on
this album as long as they embrace it. I give this a 5 out of 5; this
in my opinion is the perfect album....



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Comments:Add a Comment 
November 13th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

Advice would be awesome.

My reviews don't seem to be improving much...

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Well overall it was a pretty good review, but I think you should try to find something to criticize about the album. No album is perfect and no one really expects it to be. If it's a classic, what bands has it influenced or what's something new that they brought into the field of laid back ska punk?

Maybe you should also try to develop some of your points a little bit more, especially the ones where you use examples. You only need one or two examples to make a point, it's all about being specific within those examples.

But again, other than that I liked it, good review. Awesome album too.This Message Edited On 11.13.08

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, but why no cons? The album has its fair share of flaws - length, some less-than-noteworthy tracks, etc.

Sadly I found out that Get Out! isn't on the rerelease so an excellent track is left out for many people to not hear... It's one of my favorites on the CD but most people don't know it...

November 14th 2008


Advice would be awesome.

My reviews don't seem to be improving much...

Here's a lil something: try including a bit more detail in your reviews and make em a bit longer. I like short reviews just fine, but I'd just like a little more detail, especially on an album you gave a 5.

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, listen to that

to be honest, since this is so short and you rated it a 5, I would recommend you redo it

also, since it is a 5, there should be a piece of you in this review, you should try to find a couple things that really stand out to you, elaborate on them in a couple paragraphs, and, though it may be hard to admit, have a section dedicated to its flaws. what you have right now is good, it's just not enough

November 14th 2008


I've smoked two joints listening to this band plenty of times!

November 14th 2008


so cliche

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Advice would be awesome.
Type this in word or some other program with spelling and grammar because I copied your review and pasted it into word and there were little red and green underlines everywhere

Digging: Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

I don't have anything with spell check on my computer :/

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

you can ask another user to help you, and they'll have the spellcheck

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

I'll do it for you. Just email a review to me and I'll get it back as soon as I can (I'll do it as soon as I get it though). My email is my screen name at

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Done and sent back

This Message Edited On 11.14.08

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