While the press and critics jumped over the sounds of Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and Limp Bizkit, Incubus quietly toured in support of S.C.I.E.N.C.E., their first major-label LP. Incubus' hip-hop influences come from their DJ and bassist instead of their singer. Brandon Boyd's vocals hit every range from quiet whispers to funk-styled rants to hard rock screams. He also adds percussion with a bongo on a few songs (and in concert its a strange sight for such a heavy band). Boyd's demeanor in concert and record is laid back and free flowing. There's no anger surrounding his lyrics or his singing. "New Skin" adds a lot of funk to modern heavy metal while "Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)" is a spacy dance ballad. The numerous styles on the album don't always blend perfectly, but they create a solid sound that defines the band. Incubus also manages to make their songs upbeat and danceable as well as tunes to headbang to. An admirable feat in a genre that tends to reward decibel levels instead of quality. ~ David Thomas
Incubus: Brandon Boyd (vocals, didjeridu, djembe); Michael Einziger (guitar); Alex Katunich (bass); Jose Pasillas (drums); DJ Lyfe (turntables).
Additional personnel: Charles Waltz (violin); Jeremy Wasser (saxophone).
Recorded at 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, California.
Digitally remastered by Stephen Marcussen (2001, Marcussen Mastering).
- Format: Vinyl
- Genre: Rock
A3 New Skin
A4 Idiot Box
B2 Magic Medicine
B3 A Certain Shade Of Green
B4 Favorite Things
C1 Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)
C3 Deep Inside
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