S.C.I.E.N.C.E. review by Incubus

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  • Released: Sep 9, 1997
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (41 votes)
Incubus: S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
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Sound — 10
This was a metal/math metal/jazz fusion/techno/funk album that was way ahead of it's time, and/or out of the realm of the musical past or future. The style of this album, as well as Incubus' debut "The Fungus Among Us," is so difficult to explain, and yet simultaneously great. The music is technically perfect, innovative and brilliant, and the vocals of lead singer Brandon Boyd, who then donned a fountainous amalgimation of dreadlocks atop his head, were stellar as always.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics were almost insignificant when taking into consideration the innovative style, but they were consistent with all other Incubus albums, in that they were abstract, expansive and, in this case, especially scientific in nature. Some songs on this album even refer to outer-space phenomena such as "Nebula" and "The Anti-Gravity Love Song."

Overall Impression — 10
This was probably the best Incubus album to date, yet it received little or no airplay and/or publicity at the time. It is also the heaviest Incubus album, even incorporating some screaming and the chromatic guitar stylings associated with math metal (i. e., Mudvayne, Dillenger Escape Plan, etc). If you don't own this album, or if you have never heard it, don't let your conception of present day Incubus stop you from at least giving it a listen. It is one of the most unique albums around, and I guarantee at least one of the songs on it will instantly become one of your favorites.

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