Album Review: Incubus (Light Grenades)

You know the feeling when you produce work that’s not the best but it’s not the worst? Well, Incubus has achieved just that in their latest disc, Light Grenades.

With an explosion of feel-good creativity and each song being a complete polar opposite from each other, Incubus gives us some insight into why they are still alive after 15 years in the business.

Earlier this year, I wrote an article talking about how happy I was for this album’s release. Once I received and listened to it very thoroughly, I realized that the public should be alarmed.

First, I feel if anyone is tempted to buy this album because they want to see what the hype about Incubus is all about or because of the lovely iconic grenade on the album case, I advise you to brace yourselves.

Light Grenades seems to be directed toward the Incubus fans that have been around since the Fungus Amongus disc. All the different phases and experimentations that this band has gone through might startle some people. This new sound that has been created through an eight-week process that would be better appreciated by those familiar with Incubus’ older work.

In the case of Incubus, I would recommend either S.C.I.E.N.C.E or Make Yourself as your sampler into the essence of Incubus. I would not recommend A Crow Left for Murder as the first album to buy.

Light Grenades has an explosion of positivity and good results.

“Quicksand” lures the listener in with lead singer Brandon Boyd speaking in a faux loudspeaker about how love equates to time wasted if it’s ruin. There is a faint glimmer of a haunting, Incubus-esque sound.

“Diamonds and Coal” reverts us to Incubus back in the days of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Heavy guitars, riffs and rough bombardments of drums advises us to not allow society to make us conform, and to always “remember who you are.”

“Anna-Molly,” the album’s single, tells a story about a woman who is having a problem figuring out if the world she’s living in is real or fake. The new sound of Incubus is showcased and gives us hope that this band might have not gone overboard with the conceptual album thing.

All in all, Light Grenades is a good album, and it just takes time to be able to grasp what in the world Incubus was doing while creating this latest installment.


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