REVIEW: "Light Grenades"
Incubus is back with "Light Grenades," their sixth full-length album released in November. The album lives up to the band's reputation, showcasing wildly inventive songsmith techniques as well as lyrics that leave you thinking about how well they apply to your life.
The lead single, "Anna Molly," is -- hands down, without a doubt -- the best song on the album, encompassing all that is Incubus. The upbeat track definitely has bragging rights on the coolest guitar riff in a long time.
"Anna Molly" also flows well, and there isn't a single part that will make you stop tapping your foot. Overall, it's just an amazing alternative rock song.
The only problem with "Light Grenades" is that Incubus seems to overcompensate in order to shed their past.
When it first entered the business, the band was considered to be a rap metal band.
So, even though their last album, "A Crow Left of the Murder," completely diminished that notion, the boys of the band seem to want to push it even further away.
Songs like "Love Hurts," "Earth to Bella (Parts 1 and 2)," and "Oil and Water" are all slowed-down, almost too far down. They don't come across as something that this band would create, instead playing like a coverup of who Incubus really is.
But these songs are still very good and well-crafted. The album truly shines when Incubus lets loose, especially in tracks like "Light Grenades," "Rogues," and "Pendulous Threads."
"Light Grenades" is a no-holds-barred clash of punk and thrash sounds, whereas "Rogues" and "Pendulous Threads" reflect the craftsmanship and beauty of "Anna Molly."
Overall, the album is solid and jam-packed with musical goodness. After hitting the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 with "Light Grenades," Incubus leaves much to be matched by other musicians this year.
Visit Incubus' Myspace at myspace.com/incubus to hear tracks from the album.
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