Don't Tread on Me

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Perky, reggae-tinged reality check.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Mostly positive.


A few images of violence.


Nothing obvious.


Nothing offensive.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are just a few disturbing violent images and references to drinking.

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Adult Written by311Psychoward April 9, 2008

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What's the story?

On their eighth album since 1992, 311 deliver a collection of reggae-tinged pop that is pleasant and mostly positive, but certainly not groundbreaking. The only edginess appears in an occasional reference to drinking and an occasional lyric that might be disturbing to younger fans (atomic bomb imagery in "Solar Flame," for example). But DON'T TREAD ON ME is mostly listener-friendly, accessible, perky pop. There's no sense of abandon, no loss of control. Even the tunes that are meant to sound hard-edged come across as studied and contained. Always in control, the quintet ends up sounding at times like a demonstration of "rock & roll 101" (note the self-consciously accomplished guitar solos); at other times, more like a well-produced toothpaste or soda-pop commercial.

Is it any good?

There's a positive, good-hearted spin to most of the lyrics on Don't Tread on Me, and an infectious sweetness on the carefully constructed songs. But if you're looking for the wild heart of rock & roll or a moment of full-tilt passion, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the positive messages on "Speak Easy" and "It's Getting OK Now"; and whether the views expressed throughout the CD are realistic or just good PR.

Music details

  • Artist: 311
  • Release date: August 16, 2005
  • Label: Volcano
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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