Sound — 10
The Californian rockers have once again divulged in some genre-hoping delivering a mellow, deep and meaningful sound full to the brim with meaty riffage. The tracks pleasingly diverse in style and execution- from the mellow, piano-based "Here in my room" to the crunchy, rocky single "Megalomaniac"- the tracks never failt to please. Incubus fans will not be dissapointed, as the band's innovative style is smeared on to ACLOTM like the icing on the cake. New bassist Ben Kenney adds a certain flava to the record, turning up the funk-meter and complementing Mike Einziger's gnarly riffage. Brandon Boyd hurls out the vocals with his usual meaning and gusto, Chris Kilmore provides the wacky cherry on the cake with his samples and special effects- and Jose Pasillas sows up the whole thing and keeps everyone in line. If there was ever a definition of pure musical delight, you have it right here.
Lyrics — 8
Since 2001's "Morning View" Boyd is obviously a tad down, after his merry words in the aforementioned mellow record- and he has his angry hat on. Taking the music deeper, Boyd's inspirational words intertwine with the band's musical talents and wield the power to move you. Packed with emotion, Boyd's poetry will suck you in and make you think. And that isn't a bad thing, by a long shot.
Overall Impression — 10
This is Incubus. The lads are on the top of their game, and ACLOTM lives up to their fabulous track record, which spans a decade. Within the album are thirteen juicy jamborees of musical exploration will capture your mind. It's a must have record for any music fan, delving deeper and pushing boundaries as it goes. An experience of a lifetime.