Incubus If Not Now, When?
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WatchItExplode
June 11th 2011



3227 Comments


Incubus really hasn't been that interesting since the 90's. Still, I like to hold out hope that they have another great album in them.

Philalethes
June 11th 2011



245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think your reaction to this album will be a very common and understandable reaction for any long time Incubus
fans. I didn't like the album at all after the first listen. I thankfully gave it a few more spins and have had time to let
the nuances of the album become apparent. I have now come to love this album. It is full of great melodies, realized
through subtle, yet complex songwriting.

I think the U2 and RHCP comparison is warranted to the extent that bands that had very unique and identifiable
sounds, in a search to redefine themselves, incorporated more elements of standard pop music to create their new
records. They are definitely expecting a lot of their fans to accept this new direction, but I think the test of time will
show that more people will like this record than not like it (hopefully at least).


Parallels
June 11th 2011



6641 Comments


"Just as surely as Coldplay did" WAT. NO WAY.

This is a disappointing album though. It sounds like they changed their influences completely.

"In the Company of Wolves" is an obvious attempt of a Coldplay sound rip off.

Psychopathologist
June 11th 2011



1924 Comments


shit

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2011



10064 Comments


And there goes the average score... :O

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psykonaut
June 11th 2011



3913 Comments


it sucks that this sucks

Psychopathologist
June 11th 2011



1924 Comments


not really

Scoot
June 11th 2011



17731 Comments


Been shit since the SCIENCE days.

Philalethes
June 11th 2011



245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Einziger is completely anonymous; the guitars lines on this album could have been written and played by just about
any guitarist in the world....Einziger seems to have mistaken subtlety for meekness."

I would have to disagree with your assessment of Mike's presence on this album. While he certainly is exercising
restraint, Mike's playing on this record is anything but unoriginal or meek.

Defiance is a perfect example of Mike's use of compound chords, creating a chord soloing effect. He uses extended
and inverted chords with voicings that carry melody along with the rhythm and harmony. In the process, he has
created what I think is their best acoustic song to date.

The Original's solo displays some of Mike's original style of guitar playing. The solo is very rhythmically disorienting,
creating an effect similar to the randomness with which wind chimes sound like blowing in the wind. This solo would
be hard for any advanced guitar player.

Friends and Lovers is a song which displays some of the nuanced playing that can be easily overlooked. It sounds
like Mike is playing some simple octaves behind the melody. In reality, he is fingerpicking these octaves over an
open string, with a triplet pattern against the backbeat.

Mike's playing on Friends and Lovers exemplifies what this album is all about. Flashy guitar work is replaced with
subtlety, and a strong emphasis on songwriting, through nuance and developing themes within the songs.

Scoot
June 11th 2011



17731 Comments


/opens thesaurus

CelestialDust
June 11th 2011



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yucky yuck

CelestialDust
June 11th 2011



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

philalethes are you an advanced guitar playa?

Philalethes
June 11th 2011



245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fo show

losefast118
June 11th 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If Incubus was to sound like U2, that would be awesome! Maybe their generic sound would turn into something worth paying attention to. Unfortunately, this album is mediocre at best, but Incubus is quite a mediocre band. Their best album is not half as developed as U2's worst. (No Line on the Horizon being that album...)

deadsye
June 11th 2011



31 Comments


Where the hell is Surface to Air? That song was bomb.

BassDemon333
June 11th 2011



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Awesome review, I totally agree with all your points. This was very disappointing to say the least.

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MassiveAttack
June 11th 2011



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

rjmunthe
June 11th 2011



395 Comments


You never pointed out anything positive and yet, gave this a 2.5 = average. Okay.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2011



16135 Comments


Light Grenades is one of their best albums.

This is not.

renegadestrings
June 11th 2011



1440 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'll still try this. i'm not expecting too much though. 2011: not the year for dredg and incubus



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