Album: Make Yourself
Brandon Boyd - Vocals
Mike Einziger - Guitar
Dirk Lance - Bass
Josť*?asillas - Drums
Chris Kilmore - Turntables
Released: 1999 (Sony)
Out From Under
Incubus originated in Calabasas, California in 1991. They created a hybrid of metal with elements of funk and jazz added to metal. On their first release Fungus Amongus they had a hard metal sound with small elements of funk and jazz. S.C.I.E.N.C.E pushed the elements of funk and jazz and here on Make Yourself the metal edge yet again becomes less as Incubus push in other influences. So let's get to the album.
Privilege - The album kicks off with the high energy song 'Privilege'. It has a harder type verse with a more mellow chorus. It's a good song and has a good message about freedom.
Nowhere Fast - Nowhere Fast slows the pace from Privilege a little but still is a good song. Brandons lyrics throughout the album and on this song are exceptional.
Consequence - Most songs on this album you can relate to and this is just another one. The verses are quite 'funky' and this is a good example of Incubus's style on the album. The chorus's explode and it makes for a good song.
The Warmth - The most emotional song on the album and a pure song of beauty. Seeing them preform this song live almost brings you to tears. This is one of the best songs on the album and is very emotional. Lyrically one of the best Incubus songs ever.
When It Comes - This song flows bloody well. It's a harder edged song but one of the more catchy on the album. As always it's good lyrically and the musicianship on this song is great.
Stellar - Another beautiful Incubus song. Mike pulls off some pure guitar skill on this song and Brandons vocals flow perfectly. It goes mellow in the middle before busting out with emotion at the end. Fantastic song.
Make Yourself - 'But if you really want to live why not try and make yourself' Brandon sings on the 7th song on the album. The message of this song speaks truth to all of us. It's harder edged and has a bit of a sound like Consequence.
Drive - Possibly the most overplayed radio song of 2001. This is a low point in the album for me because i've simply heard this song so many times. However it is a good song, it's catchy and well written.
Clean - One of the more funky songs in the album. The verses are uniquely Incubus. It's a good song Clean but fails to really grab you like alot of the other songs on the album.
Battlestar Scralatchtica - The name should explain most of the song. Kilmore and two other DJs have a jam session and it's a bloody good jam session.
I Miss you - Incubus become mellow and emotional again. It's a good song I miss you and a pretty one but not quite up to the standards of Stellar or The Warmth.
Pardon Me - My favourite on the album. Lyrically well written, emotional and powerful. Everything a good song should be. You will most likely have to stick this song on repeat after listning to it.
Out From Under - This is a political song and one of the hardest on the album. It's got a good message and is worthy of cranking the volume up for. It end's off the album well.
This album catches the perfect balance of metal with funk and jazz. I would say this is the best Incubus album and is a good mix of Morning View and some of the elements of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. It's got beautiful songs on it and hard songs and should keep any nu-metal fan happy. Certanely worth buying if your considering buying an Incubus album.
Rating - 4/5 :thumb: