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A rare case in which a band actually gets better with time, this California hard rock quintet seems to have finally grown into its skin on its fifth album. Casting off the dated slap-bass funk and pointless nu-metal angst of its early years (well, mostly), Light Grenades is not only a worthwhile follow-up to 2003’s A Crow Left of the Murder–the expansive disc many fans consider Incubus’s best–but shows improvements all around. Singer Brandon Boyd has learned to temper the words he plucks out of the thesaurus with genuine heartbreak, while the rest of the group proves it can do a lot more than offer up nonstop grooves. –Aidin Vaziri

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  • I have listened to their music for years. I didn’t like their last album as much as I did any of their previous… including Fungus Amongus. The point being… I couldn’t really put my finger on why I didn’t like the last one as much as any other.

    You like different groups because of different things. With some you like the music, some you like the words, some transport you to a different time, and some just make you smile or laugh. They pull emotion out of you that many others cannot manage to come close to even festering.

    To me Incubus has always been about their words. I mean… I love the music, beat, or riff… however you want to put it. The thing is that I originally got hooked because of their words, passion, and utmost honesty.

    This album really wraps up their past and present. It is a mix of all of the sounds they had through the years.

    I will be at one of their next concerts, in the pit, throwing someone over the first row of seats! (O:

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • but what some may say shows that they “sold out” or are “losing the magic” I just see as change which has always been in their catalog and varied ways to get there point across.

    It’s weird but Oil and Water and Anna Molly are pretty much the first Incubus songs that I can shake my butt to! Sure, that’s a bad thing to some but I love it!

    Incubus has always put their emotion in the forefront with the awesome vocals and that is still here. The production to most of the songs is varied to a tee. (Check out Quicksand and then Dig and then A Kiss To Send Us Off).

    But most of you know what this album entails so far. It did come out in 2006 and many of you have had the pleasure of it being ingrained in your very minds or having to live with this “disappointment”.

    Thank goodness that I am on my way to join the former and that this is my second favorite album by Incubus. The underrated A Crow Left Of The Murder being my first. But honestly, this one might grow to being the best.

    The only “weak tracks” in my opinion are Light Grenades (it’s just there) and Pendulous Threads which just goes on. They are both heavy ??? but don’t go anywhere really, especially LG. But that’s my opinion.

    Earth To Bella Part II is another headscratcher but it’s tolerable. It’s just nothing like the first. It’s quieter and then you hear Brandon harmonizing over and over. It’s kinda freaky. LOL

    Key tracks thus far are:

    Anna Molly
    Dig
    Oil And Water
    Paper Shoes
    Earth To Bella Pt.I

    4.5 stars.

    I think the biggest surprise for me is how almost all the songs sound different. Yes, we’re used to that with my favorite band ever. HOWEVER, it has a bit of everything for all old and new Incubus fans. HOWEVER, if you didn’t like A Crow Left Of The Murder, I’m afraid that you should pass on this. It’s all about the slower mid-tempos focused on love gone bad. I have always loved the softer side of them and this is why this album is my second favorite, possibly on the way to being my favorite.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Being a big fan of Incubus, I went to check out their latest album Light Grenades. This album seems to have garnered mixed reviews, but I think it’s pretty good.

    I wasn’t a big fan of A Crow Left of the Murder because I think it had too much filler; fortunately, that’s not the case here. While the album does start off okay with “Quicksand” and “A Kiss to Send Us Off”, things easily pick up with the energetic “Dig”, as well as “Oil and Water” and “Love Hurts”. “Anna-Molly” (pronounced like “anomaly”) is also pretty decent.

    I don’t quite understand why “Earth to Bella” is in the form of two separate songs, especially since both parts are barely over two minutes long, thus it would have been easy to just combine them. And the speed metal title track doesn’t really go anywhere. But everything else makes Light Grenades an album worth picking up.

    Anthony Rupert

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Finally for the fans of Incubus the wait is over. Ever since their last release of A Crow Lift of the Murder fans of the band have been “on-hold”. On their sixth album “Light Grenades” Incubus doesn’t disappoint. yet doesn’t go above & beyond it’s past releases. The song material is good, yet some lyrical content was slight disappointing.

    Brendan O’Brien produces this album who has done previous albums and overall the production is good, yet some songs sound too compressed and over-produced. It lacks the fierce emotion in the vocals of singer Brandon Boyd that I loved in past Incubus releases. Songs on this album include “Quicksand”, “Anna Molly”, “Love Hurts” and the title track of “Light Grenades”.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Brandon once promised that A Crow Left Of The Murder would be like “melted choclate on your chest and neck.” To many an Incubus faithful, this didn’t hold up. The “old stuff, but older” feel didn’t work the way we wanted it to. It didn’t sound like warm, melty chocolate. It was original, but it wasn’t ground-breaking. It wasn’t a cocoon of awesome. And it made me sad.

    Here In My Room was the one-off: The gorgeous, extemporaneous exploration into piano that Mike would sit playing, with a pick in his mouth, because he’s just that awesome and about to start on the guitar solo. Nothing else compared.

    But that was then. And Light Grenades is now.

    Incubus is an incredible group. Every album has a different flavor, and a different feel. Each song is its own invention, its own destination and each album, the journey. Very, very few bands accomplish this. Fewer still make you pine for more, year after year. Incubus is the quintessential, “professional awesome,” in spades. They’ve evolved with their listeners, they’ve shown their own brilliant growth and they’ve truly gotten better with age.

    Quicksand will throw you for a loop as a starting track. It possesses a milquetoast, somber 2:14 look at piano, faded guitar and staple Brandon vocals.

    A Kiss To Send Us Off starts with a callback to Final Countdown by Europe. Albeit not intentionally, we’d like to think. It combines a bit of a grunge-feeling intro with a melodic, driven verse. It breaks down into a beautiful, deep bridge that blends back into the chorus perfectly.

    Dig is my absolute favorite on the track. It is deep, its message is spot-on, and it gets inside your head, in the best of ways:
    “If I turn into another,
    Dig me up from under what is covering…
    The better part of me.
    Sing this song, remind me that we’ll always have each other…
    When everything else is gone.”
    Its sound is new for Incubus in a way that only Incubus can reinvent themselves. Its melody will resound with you, the dual electric-acoustic guitar, with even more piano laid over it will engulf you. It’s truly gorgeous piece. It’s more substantial than Here In My Room, or Aqueous Transmission, but it still maintains that ethereal, purely beautiful quality to it.

    Anna Molly is one you should be well familiar with by now, as it’s the first single from the track. I was fortunate to hear it back in September, when they played here in Tempe. (I believe it was the first stateside performance in 2+ years for them.) It’s an interesting song, but it started to wear on me, through the verse, at least. I’m not sure why, but the lick Mike plays bugs me just a bit. The chorus is great and driven and I love the bridge build up.

    Love Hurts. It’s true. More genius guitar work from Mike. Mike’s fantastic in a way that few other guitarists are. He re-invents himself, he makes careful use of a well-selected array of pedals, but he never over-uses any effects. He seems to have the most perfect ear for how he wants to make his guitar sound, and he speaks and it is so. So much flexibility lives in Mike’s execution, and it’s why you’ll never tire of listening to Incubus’ entire catalog from SCIENCE to Make Yourself to Morning View to ACLOTM through Light Grenades. I’m not sure how someone grows from “amazing guitarist” but Mike continues to wow with every new piece. And I tip my hat to that–a constant exercise in incredible creativity, perfect execution and sublime, flowing-over-you-warm-and-tingly music.

    Light Grenades: Welcome back to grunge. Incubus always had their roots in some crazy funk-grunge blendings. Enjoy and Fungus show this in spades, and Light Grenades reminds you where they came from. It’s tight, it’s fast, it’s just what you need in the middle of the soft.

    Earth To Bella (I) surprises. It starts acoustic, but quickly takes a turn at the chorus. It’s not my favorite, but the chorus and the light… is that an accordion in the background? It works. And I love them for it. Also, kudos to Ben for churning out fantastic background vocals.

    Oil and Water, more Mike, more unfettered greatness. I love that each song Incubus produces is a complete thought. It’s what you expect when you put a group of absolute professionals who are in love with what they do in a room for a few hours. It’s that you can see the look on their faces as they built the song, watching things fall into place and catching each and every piece as it came tumbling right where it belongs. A catchy chorus, another good story told, and more of what you love.

    Diamonds and Coal. One of these come from the other, and you’ll get that through by the end. Though a bit repetitive, you’ll start to appreciate it. You won’t find people layering two Incubus songs on top of each other to ill-effect. Every track is different. Every song a certain shade of…

    Rogues reinforces a bizarre concept becoming more and more clear throughout the cd: Mike wants another guitarist in the band. I’m curious to see how a few of these tracks execute live. It’s a *bit* grunge, but it’s so post-modern, you’ll love it right out of the gate. Brandon has intensity that draws you in, and you’ll find yourself surrendering, just like to the rest of the CD.

    Paper Shoes, size 9, and more acoustic. Jose keeps it fresh and fast, and you’ll really appreciate it. More beauty, rather like a bubble bath. Let yourself get wet, kick off your paper shoes.

    Pendulous Threads builds for a solid minute into a heap of suspense that pulls through, like a rocket out of the pull of earth. Free of all that noisy atmosphere, watch what happens. Beautiful vocals, claps, and a slight tinge of Minus the Bear, I swear. The chorus is positively SCIENCE-lite, and you’ll love it.

    Our last stop, at least for the next few years, is Earth to Bella (II). I dig the chorus… The harmonies are fantastic and it feels like the right way to go out-not with a bang, but with a long, drawn out exhale. The pin’s been put back in, breath easy, let Mike do his thing, and watch them live. It’ll be the best concert you’ll go to.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now