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They just get better and better..,
This review is from: Light Grenades (Audio CD)
What can i say about Incubus. For a start they areone of my favourite bands. I knew i would love this album long before it came out, i had faith that with every release they out do the last so this would be the same.
'A crow left of the murder' although it took time to get into proved to be an exceptional album, especially after you see some of the tracks live on the Alive at Red Rocks Dvd.
'Morning View' is one of my favourite albums of all time. Start to finish, beautiful.
'Make yourself', with tracks like Drive and Pardon Me was a good step in a different direction from 'S.c.i.e.n.c.e', the classic full length debut album that caught everyones attention. I know some are still adament that they went down hill from that album. I strongly disagree, they have merely matured and experimented, developing their own unique style and sound.
So, being highly anticipated, with everyone asking themselves what stance they would take on a new album, does 'Light Genades' deliver to the fans?
I think so.
For a start this album is far more accessible than the last, leaving out alot of the experimental sides and going for a slightly cleaner and crystal clear approach. Its like they knew what the fans wanted this time and delivered.
Right from the start, when i first listened and got to the end of the 3rd or 4th track i was already desperate to hear them again.
'Quicksand' is a slow steady introduction that just sets the atmosphere of the album beautifully. It leads into 'A kiss to send us off' which really gets the blood pumping building at the end to an amazing wave of sound.
Then we have 'Dig', for me the albums most powerful track and in my opinion one of their most beautiful songs ever made. I cant tell you how much i love listening to this track.
'Anna-Moly', the single is a catchy upbeat classic with brilliant guitarwork, nicely placed in between the slower paced 'Dig' and the next, 'Love Hurts'. A beautiful ballad, set to be a single i believe. The title track is a relentless fast paced punk rock track, very clever lyrics, over before its started it seems but with impact at the same time.
Then we get the first of 2 part 'Earth to Bella', very short, i almost wonder if they should have made one full length track to close the album on and left this one out here. But still it leads quite nicely to 'Oil and Water'. A real grower of a track, in fact i'll point out at this point the 2nd half of the album in general takes a bit of time to get into. But again an amazing track, building right to the end climax. 'Diamonds and Coal' is a nice track touching on the ups and downs of a relationship. 'Rogues' is very upbeat and catchy song, with time very likeable. 'Paper Shoes' is a very different track, almost sad or subdued? But it fits still. And 'Pendulous Threads', builds into a funky, catchy energetic release leading up to the 'Earth to Bella' outro, togetehr both a fitting end to this amazing album.
Its just an effortlessly brilliant collection of songs. Quite varied in style, Mike Einzegger said before it came out "Its a mess! It sounds like 13 songs by 13 different artists!". Well i dont quite agree, but it is certainly special.
True fans are in for a treat here, otherwise at least give it a try, im sure you wont be dissapointed. Brandon Boyd just writes beautiful songs and lyrics, Mike Einzegger is unreal on guitar, they are all just so good at what they do...
Looking forward to the re-sheduled tour dates in september!!