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  • The most adventerous effort by Incubus to date, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. finds the band exploring territory now solely explored by bands like 311. Proving that all the hype is not in vain, this release is excellent at showing a talented band while letting you enjoy the wicked tunes and hard hitting guitars. The turntables are predominant compared to newer releases and help the rap become more effective. Although musically Make Yourself blows me away everytime, this disc is probably the best way the incubus experience comes across. That is, they seem so much more apt at creating a groovy record like this than a bland mainstream attempt such as Morning View. My personal favorite from the album is the infectious “a certain shade of green”. While it has its competition from some other tracks, the melding of heavyness and funk creates a must hear track. Brandon expresses himself best on this album lyrically as well. They are not only thought-provoking, but portray an entire picture for the music of the album to rest upon. And you were about to say that incubus [stinks], shame on you. One word you can’t use to describe the recent incubus efforts is CREATIVE. One listen to “calgone” will have you thinking Incubus is one of the most creative bands you have listened to lately. Look, I don’t know what happened either. Their recent efforts lack the glory of brandon boyd “doing his thing”. Songs like “new skin” and “idiot box” have dang good hooks, and will have you returning for listen after listen. The band seems to hit their apex right here, and halfway through the song “nebula” you realize that this band is pretty freakin awesome. There is always more than meets the eye with incubus, and no matter what album you choose to scrutinize, you will always find that something that makes it all the better. “Anti-gravity love song” is that track on this album. The coffee shop feel gives the jazzy track all the more power as it grabs your attention with the catchy sing along verse and quotable lyrics. There was potential hidden in incubus, and it came out on S.C.I.E.N.C.E. They have gone on to put out more decent records, but this album will always be the landmark where they hit it big creatively, and not commercially.

    Posted on December 30, 2009