Can you believe Incubus has just released their 7th studio album? Time is slipping fast but these guys are slowly carving their names deeper and deeper into rock hall-of-fame. It’s been 16 years since their first album “Fungus Amongus” was released and time seems to have played an important role in shaping their sound of today as it is much calmer, slower, darker and serious.
If all of the Incubus songs are put on a spectrum and the overdriven high-tempo hits like “Megalomaniac” and “Anna Moly” are on one side of it, then this whole album would be far on the other side along with songs such as “Drive” or “Talk Shows on Mute”. It is a big change considering all of their songs to date. The groovy drum/bass riffs we got used to are gone, replaced by simpler, low-tempo chord progressions pushing the vocals more into the spotlight. I didn’t think of it to be a terrible choice, though. Mainly because I like calm and dark songs, and also because Brandon Boyd delivers some of his best performances with this album.
Release Date: July 12, 2011
What I loved about this album: All the songs are written, produced and recorded extremely professionally with excellence. No lemons! Nothing ever feels out of place, nothing feels overlooked. Insert the disc into the tray and you will not feel how fast time goes by listening to this album. Also, Brandon Boyd is extremely talented and is getting better and better with each album. I don’t like some of the previous albums where the vocal melodies keep repeating themselves, but this album is not like that.
What I didn’t like about it: Most of the tracks (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) don’t introduce many new ideas. I am not saying these songs aren’t great, they are, but when you break down and analyze them you will see that all of them mainly consist of things you have heard before either in a previous Incubus album or some album from a random band. I would expect much more from Incubus, as, over the years, I got used to buying/downloading their albums as soon as they come out and being overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of creative ideas on each track. Also, I would love to hear more of Mike Einziger’s mildly overdriven and complex riffs which in my opinion made the Incubus the band it is today.
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