Alive At Red Rocks [DVD] review by Incubus

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  • Released: Nov 23, 2004
  • Sound: 8
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 8.1 (68 votes)
Incubus: Alive At Red Rocks [DVD]
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Sound — 8
The sound on this DVD is truly breathtaking. Just about every song sounds better than on cd, and has an energy that can only be gotten live. There are a few occasions however where the sound has it's problems though. For instance, some of the songs suffer because the new bassist's backing vocals aren't quite up to par, and sometimes it's bad enough to make you cringe (listen to warmth). Mike Einziger (guitar) does an admiral job of playing live, and I am truly impressed that he does all effects himself, even during solo's like Pistola that require some tricky pedal work while playing. The drums are played well, and the bass is more defined than on the record. The vocals are fine, and sound very strong.

Content — 8
The package comes with a bonus cd that has rare and unreleased tracks (Pantomime, Follow, Circles, Are You In, and Monuments And Melodies). The bonus footage is of the band during soundcheck and before the concert, and while it isn't very much, it is still nice. There are also these visualization in a few songs that you can turn on or off, when on they basically show you a screensaver that relates to the music, which is nice the first few times. Next the tracklist, is as follows: 01. Megalomaniac 02. Nice To Know You 03. Idiot Box 04. Just A Phase 05. Priceless 06. Beware Criminal 07. Wish You Were Here 08. Here In My Room 09. Drive 10. Vitamin 11. Pistola 12. Stellar 13. Made For Tv Movie 14. Talk Shows On Mute 15. Sick, Sad Little World 16. A Certain Shade Of Green 17. Pantomime 18. The Warmth 19. Pardon Me If your a fan of Incubus, you will probably notice that some of your favorites (or singles) aren't on this list. That is because during this tour Incubus would play a completely different setlist every night, so for this night you happened to get one without some fan favorites like "Make Yourslelf" or "Mexico." My only gripe is that if Incubus knew that this was the show to be used on the dvd then they could have cut out the 10-15 minutes of drum and bass solos. On the song "Sick Sad Little World" for instance, they extend the song by about 5 minutes with an interlude that doesn't really add anything too the song, just extends it. While it sounded cool the first time, I would much rather have two or three more songs instead. Just a small gripe though.

Production Quality — 7
The production quality is very good in this, and it truly shines in 5.1. The camera work is nice and mostly always gives you the view you would like to see. The notable exception to this is during solo's. Why do so many concert DVD's think that as soon as a solo starts they have to zoom in on the singer who is doing nothing but dancing around? Thankfully this only happens on during one or two songs, and other than that, the emphasis is always where it should be.

Overall Impression — 8
Very good perforance. Great value for the money. Varied tracklist from all major albums. Bad backing vocals most of the time. Lengthy interludes that sometimes make you fast forward. Some fan favorites missing, due to the varied setlist. If you are a fan of Incubus, this is the dvd for you. It is not perfect however, and has a few quirks of its own (like any live album should). If it was lost or stolen then I would probably buy somthing else, because I have already watched it at least ten times.

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