Sound — 8
"A Crow Left Of The Murder." The highly anticipated album from Incubus, one of the most creative artists in music right now. The album starts off with the single "Megalomaniac," which will mislead listeners to the overall sound and tone of the album. The lead-off single is by far the heaviest track, and one of few tracks that actually uses full-blown disortion. "Murder" is more fuelled by quick, intense melodies, rather than the hard rock sound, which are the roots of Incubus. This is by far their most mellow record. But that's not to say it's bad. It's acutally very impressive, and once again, the band has succeeded to progress musically in the right direction. Very few effects are used on the guitar on this record, it's more a fat clean sound, with some light distortion blended in. Their are also some killer solos by Mr. Einziger in select songs, something not found in previous Incubus material. DJ Kilmore cranks out more electronic sounds, rather than the traditional scratching heard on previous Incubus records. A lot of people are wondering what the album will sound like without ex-bassist Dirk Lance. Well Ben Kenney has picked up where he left off, although the bass lines are less spicy on this record. That's not to doubt Kenney's ability. Both he, and Lance are phenomenal bassists. Jose Passilas is once again solid behind the drums, and perhaps the most consistent musician in the band. Mike had said before that their new album was more explorative and like their older stuff. Like their older stuff. No. It doesn't have the jazzy and all-over-the-place sound like "Fungus Amongus," or the raw rock sound of "SCIENCE." More explorative. Yes. This record has a sound unlike any other Incubus record, and is really something new for fans.
Lyrics — 10
Great abs. Great voice. Who else could I be talking about but Brandon Boyd. Bottom line is his vocal performance on this record is amazing. He truly is once of the best singers on the music scene right now. He also has the ability to write radically poetic lyrics. Although soemtimes strange, they are ingenious. His lyrics have matured over the years, and the trend continues. His lyrics just fit the music on this record, too.
Overall Impression — 8
It's hard to compare ACLOTM to other Incubus albums because it is so different. It's definately good, but difficult to say whether it is their best. I like the fact that once again Incubus have progressed as musicians, and are really going in the right direction. I don't like how the record is too mellow, and is missing that hard rock sound which is the soul of the band. After several spins of the album, it kind of starts to blend into one long melodic odyssey. Good or bad? You decide. It's very worth buying and will be interesting to hear what fans have to think of "A Crow Left Of The Murder."