Release Date: October 23, 2001
Reviewed by Vin Cherubino
Those of you looking for the Incubus you thought you knew are in for a terrible shock with this album. It resembles N’Sync more then it resembles rock. It’s soft, irritating, and completely opposite of anything a hard rock fan would be looking forward to. One would immediately suspect this album to be a sellout album, but it more likely seems that the music taste of the group has matured, or that they are experimenting and treading on thin ice with their original fans.
All the elements that made Incubus have been striped away for sub-standard alternative rock. Songs like “Wish You Were Here” and “Nice to Know You” belong in an elevator more then an arena. Now, there is nothing wrong with soft rock in general, but there is a lot wrong when it isn’t done right. The lyrical and guitar work in this album doesn’t even compare to the music someone like Jerry Cantrell (ex-Alice in Chains guitarist) can put out. Listen to Jerry’s new album for a taste of what Incubus were looking to achieve, but didn’t even come close to. There is a difference between “maturing” and abandoning who you are. Apparently, it seems that TRL spots and mainstream pop $$$ are worth more then integrity.
Music fans don’t care if you take off your shirt and flex for the under aged girls, they want music, which unfortunately this band couldn’t deliver. If you want good music, go pick up a copy of S.C.I.E.N.C.E., then see why you would be angry with this album.