Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Album Review: Incubus - If Not Now, When?



Never would I think an Incubus album or even a song would ever make this blog, not because they blow but because I didn't realise they still made music. The last time I heard they're music was one of their early tv hits Are You In? (is that the name of it?) when I was at the cricket, they usually used it when a run out attempt had gone to the thrid umpire. I may not be the biggest fan of this band or even had bothered to check out the most recent of albums before this but what the hell lets give this a try.

This album opens up real soft, perhaps lamely soft, the album feels lifeless from the get go which is a shame. The song is very stripped back and I get a soft rock 80's feel from the song, not something I was a ever a fan of so this to me is a terrible start to the album. With the beginning of the second track they keep up with the soft rock appeal, with the mediaplayer telling me this was an alt rock album I guess my expectations of some form of energy on this album were incorrect, well atleast to start that album.

This album lacks any sort of energy and is borderline acoustic/unplugged, what isn't borderline is that it sucks from head to toe on the album. Sure Brandon Boyd has a pretty decent voice, its reasonably nice, but again what surrounds this is completely zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz accompanying incredibly lame lyrics, nothing to capture a listener.

When I listened to this I kept on expecting a song to come to life and bring some form of redemption to this album, it didn't unfortunately and its just shit quality BAS. Sure Switch Blade makes an attempt at lifting the album up but by then its too late and this song is Jason Mraz type stuff when he went to Hawaii. After 5 years between albums I assumed they'd try come back with some form of authority to tell fans of old that may have forgotten that "they're back". Instead they're the short dude in the back of the crowd trying to see and are jumping trying to get someones attention but no one wants to take notice.

Overall this is a really really bad album, maybe worse than Limp Bizkit (atleast that was good for a laugh) the songs are slow boring and seem lifeless from the first note on the album to the last. The only people that might have any interest in this are hardcore Incubus/Brandon Boyd fans but this will definitely not be something to get excited by in the slightest.

Overall Rating: 1/10

12 comments:

  1. Like pretty much all over your reviews, they are extremely biased, uninformed and seem to have no understanding of what makes music so powerful. I have no idea what this album is like, having not listened to it, but your reviews seem to fall into two categories, extremely cynical as if you know better than the bands themselves, and a fan-boyesque masturbatory celebration defined in a bout 5-10 words with no substance or detail.

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  2. This is how I read the comment.

    "You don't play music so don't understand maaaan."

    I guess only musicians have ears, even the shitty ones

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  3. You clearly read the comment wrong then. He never once made a reference to or even implied anything to do with being a musician. Therefore, what the hell are you talking about?

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  4. actually he does, its subtle but its there.

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  5. Do you think "clutching at straws" would make a good lyric?

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  6. Well considering he didn't seem to argue that point when he decided to reply via pm and instead chose to agree that musicians are more qualified, I'm guessing its there.

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  7. Oh and one last thing, I'd like to see examples of reviews that you know for certain don't have any bias. Cause you can't actually have something that has no bias no matter how little they care about a subject.

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  8. So now you're talking about some other message that was sent, because it simply wasn't in the comment above.. nice. You're also "guessing" that he implied something in that comment. You either know it's there or know it isn't - the latter of which is true.

    P.S. I assume the last comment is directed at epiphone2?

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  9. I'll answer the question only and make it real simple so even you understand. Yes

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  10. You have no come back to my arguement, so you imply I'm stupid and require simplification.. Oh you're so smart! Even though the question you answered was a 'yes' or 'no' question - so how could it be any more complex?

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  11. http://files.sharenator.com/Trollface_RE_Im_a_Critic_in_Music-s462x377-206026.png

    Also even if I guessed, I was actually right and obviously if I saw it was there atleast to myself I thought it was there.

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