Incubus (USA-CA)
Trust Fall (Side A)


3.5
great

Review

by Green Baron USER (159 Reviews)
May 16th, 2015 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'll catch them if they fall

It’s easy to say that Trust Fall (Side A) is a success for Incubus simply because it’s better than If Not Now, When?. While that album isn't as bad as some people would like to think, it is almost universally agreed to represent the lowest point in Incubus’ careers. The problem with that record was that a majority of it was insipidly safe and all too predictable. Luckily, the Californian alternative rock band’s first of two EPs set to be released in 2015 strays away from the vice that flawed their seventh album. Despite being only four tracks spanning nearly twenty minutes, it offers enough variation to keep things interesting, restoring hope for Incubus’ future.

Trust Fall (Side A) consists of a mixture of sounds that both recall the Incubus of old and experiment with new ideas. The title track is a six minute-long sprawling mini-epic reminiscent of “Sick Sad Little World” off of 2004’s A Crow Left of the Murder…, with its at times frenetic instrumentation and tightly packed energy. Mike Einzinger’s guitarwork is top-notch, and it’s nice to see Brandon Boyd’s vocals sound rejuvenated again. “Dance Like You’re Dumb” may not be as funky as S.C.I.E.N.C.E. or Fungus Amongus, but it’s closest they’ve came to emulating that sound since quite a while now, and while the lyrics may be a bit goofy at times, the song’s a fun enough jam to overlook them.

The EP isn’t perfect – “Make Out Party” stands out as the most problematic track, with lyrics that see Boyd at his awkwardly hormonal and a falsetto that is open to inducing cringes, yet the sludgy riff and the overall atmosphere help to nullify its weaknesses a tad. The remaining song, “Absolution Calling”, is a standard Incubus single in all of its radio-friendliness with a soaring hook and a memorable melody. Overall, Trust Fall (Side A) is a nice rebound that manages to stir up enough interest for whatever else the band has planned for 2015.



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VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
May 16th 2015


1386 Comments


This feels a bit rushed man, with some awkward phrasing throughout. Recommend giving it a good going over. Heard 'Make Out Party' and cringed, but the other single was good.

Green Baron
May 17th 2015


24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't written in over a month, might be a little rusty. Any specific sentences that could use a little fixing?

BigPleb
May 17th 2015


59955 Comments


Seriously though, this band hasn't been good for 15+ years.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2015


7502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Approximately 200% of reviews for this EP start by talking If Not Now, When hahahaha

chinesewhispers
May 17th 2015


4767 Comments


"Seriously though, this band hasn't been good for 15+ years."

So you're saying Morning View was bad? D:

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2015


11752 Comments


Good review Green, although some of the sentences are unnecessarily convoluted, but otherwise it's a solid write-up. Might check this out, never given these guys a look before.

Digging: Lindemann - F & M

chinesewhispers
May 17th 2015


4767 Comments


Whatever you do, don't start here. Check S.C.I.E.N.C.E. for some funky heavy stuff, or Make Yourself for something more alt-rock

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2015


11752 Comments


Alrighty, I think I'll go with S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and maybe come back to this afterwards.

BigPleb
May 17th 2015


59955 Comments


14 years then haha, Morning View is my fave.

chinesewhispers
May 17th 2015


4767 Comments


Ight Pleb we cool then homie homie

Supercoolguy64
May 17th 2015


9139 Comments


my dad swears up and down he used to been in the same school with these guys or somethin back in the day



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