Incubus
8


2.0
poor


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does Incubus even want to be Incubus anymore?

I'm at a loss for words. I love Incubus, a lot actually. "Morning View" and "Make Yourself" are outstanding albums and some of my personal favorites, and ever since "Morning View" it would appear that the bands been on a downwards spiral leading us to their 8th album, "8". I was actually really excited after hearing the first two singles for the album, "Nimble Bastard" and "Glitterbomb" are passable tracks, in fact I'd argue they are the best ones on "8", everything else is very down-tempo and heavily inspired by the electronic music of today. "Love In A Time Of Surveillance" picks up the pace a bit but the song just isn't that great, for one I feel as if Brandon Boyd's vocals are at their lowest point, it sounds as if he has absolutely no interest or passion in what he's doing here, and it doesn't help that this is some of Incubus' worst songwriting. The 57 second joke track "When I Became A Man" is very out of place, as I mentioned this album is a bit more down-tempo and mellow but then suddenly this track comes on with really odd instrumental choices that I can't put my finger on, and honestly the most cringe-inducing lines on the entire album, "But I was just a sweet little boy/She showed me how to shower/And I took that shower/And that was the day I became a man".

This album overall just doesn't sound like Incubus at all to me, the last two tracks off "8" in particular, "Make No Sound In The Digital Forest" and "Throw Out The Map" do flow into each other really well I will give them that, and "Make No Sound In The Digital Forest" in particular is one of the better mellowed out tracks on the album, mostly because it feels very reminiscent of "Aqueous Transmission" from Morning View, and there's no vocals in it to drag it down really, it's a nice little tune. But then we get to "Throw Out The Map" which sounds like Fall Out Boy upon first listen. Like honestly if you just listened to an instrumental of it there's not a single way you can say it's Incubus, unlike with songs like "Pardon Me" off of Make Yourself, where the very distinct uses of the turntables made it instantly recognizable without the lyrics.

This isn't completely bad, again "Make No Sound In The Digital Forest" is a great tune, and the first two singles are passable tracks. But, really it's not that amazing and I don't think Incubus should release anymore music at this point, they couldn't put out another great album if they really tried, Make Yourself and Morning View are very much products of their time, and in 2017 there's just no place for another Incubus album.




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LethalPaintball
April 21st 2017


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i actually tried writing a review this time guys feedback appreciated

Divaman
April 21st 2017


5729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, and sorry to hear what you're saying. I'll still check the album out, but I'll be sad if I have the same reaction you had.

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2017


16613 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you realize the albums you're comparing this one to are both over 15 years old right? you may not like this but for at least over 10 years this sound is what the band is. like you said though, there's no room for incubus today. the nostalgia of their past successes is too strong and that's all anyone will ever compare any new music to.

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Satellite
April 21st 2017


26349 Comments


agreed calc. they honestly would've been better off (in terms of "legacy" or w/e) breaking up a decade ago.

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Satellite
April 21st 2017


26349 Comments


review is well-written, but--and this isn't a huge deal, just minor nitpicking--album titles are Italicized, not quoted like song titles.

LethalPaintball
April 21st 2017


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks for the feedback, this is only my 3rd review so im still learning a bit here

LethalPaintball
April 21st 2017


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

3rd review 1st to receive any positive feedback to be exact ^

DoofusWainwright
April 21st 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The only band to make the Red Hot Chilli Peppers sound like Mozart by comparison

AcidCaravan
April 21st 2017


478 Comments


Does this band still exist? Anyway, they should have disbanded right after 'Make Yourself'.

jmh886
April 21st 2017


2498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

morning view, a crow left of the murder and light grenades are all superb.

Flugmorph
April 21st 2017


22847 Comments


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jmh886
April 21st 2017


2498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is nowhere near as bad as this review makes out.

iambandersnatch
April 23rd 2017


1855 Comments


I disagree on the whole "there is no room for incubus in 2017" thing. It's just.. they're not making good music anymore. If they actually made some solid tunes again people would like it. It's not that deep lol



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