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Light grenades are explosive,
This review is from: Light Grenades (Audio CD)
This is my first Incubus album. Having nearly bought their previous offering, 'A Crow Left Of The Murder', I decided to purchase this one in the hope that I would not be disappointed.
Looking at the tracks and their length I was somewhat dismayed by only 47 minutes over 13 tracks but I value quality over quantity. Except for one track of filler, the rest is pleasantly surprising.
The first track is 'Quicksand', a lovely, atmospheric introduction into the album, which is fair enough. Introductions are fine, as long as what follows them is worthy of being one of the strongest tracks on the album. Here, it proves to be no different.
'A Kiss To Send Us Off' is fast, raucous and hard-rocking. This is good stuff, both musically and vocally. Most definitely one of the strongest tracks on this album. 9/10.
'Dig' is a little slower, and softer. However, it still rocks and Brandon Boyd's songwriting is impressive. This merits a decent 8/10.
'Anna Molly' was the first song I heard off this album, and it impressed me enough to buy the album. One of the strongest tracks on the album. Not a particularly heavy one, but that's what's good about this album. It's full of variety and you don't know what to expect next. A radio-friendly tune, and a good one at that. 9/10.
Track five is 'Love Hurts'. This is my personal favourite, and it has a melodic feel to it while being quite heavy at the same time. Incubus seem to be good at doing this kind of thing, because they've done songs like it before, and it will be seen in a similar vein further on in the album. The lyrics are excellent. "Love hurts, but sometimes it's a good hurt..." The best track on the album in my opinion. Merits a 10.
Track six is the title track, 'Light Grenades', and the second shortest song on the record. It is absolutely explosive, and Incubus are at their hard-rocking best, in my opinion, although this song doesn't quite cut the mustard for me. As good as it is, I'm only going to give it a 7/10.
Track seven is the first of the two 'Earth To Bella' parts. Nice and melodic, if short. A nice break in proceedings and a good song, if it can truly be classified as one. I'll review both parts at the end together.
Track eight is another heavy ballad, in the same vein as 'Love Hurts'. This song is called 'Oil And Water'. It is very similar to 'Love Hurts' but it has a slightly heavier feel to it. A great song, and has an anthemic ambience to it as well. Merits a solid 9/10.
Track nine is called 'Diamonds And Coal' and is a likely release off the record. Very good stuff. This is another great track off a very impressive album. 8/10.
Track ten is 'Rogues', a slightly heavier offering. A great song, Incubus maintain their melodic yet heavy sound here to great effect. 8/10.
Track eleven is called 'Paper Shoes' which could yet be another likely release for the band. Catchy, feel-good song which is another great effort off the album. 8/10.
Track twelve is called 'Pendulous Threads', and it the longest song on the record by quite a margin at six minutes. A great song, possibly harks back to the 'A Crow Left Of The Murder' style and 'Megalomaniac' in particular. Good stuff. 9/10.
Track thirteen, the final track is part two of 'Earth To Bella'. A solid way to finish off an album, seeing as 'Pendulous Threads' would have been too heavy and 'Earth To Bella' needs a second part anyway. This is more atmospheric but has a better all-round feel to it. Over the two parts then, this deserves an 8.
So, what are the positives about this album? Many. The range of variation is excellent, Brandon Boyd's vocals and songwriting are top-notch, the music is excellent and it is another step in the right direction for Incubus.
The bad points: It's slightly too short. The album could have been a bit longer, but I do prefer quality over quantity and this album should be no exception.
Overall: A great effort from the lads. 8/10.