Monday, November 27, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: Incubus throw 'Light Grenades'

Incubus has returned and fans can now rejoice (or can they) with the band's newest CD Light Grenades (Sony Records) and have they gotten better? Here's the answer: A rare case in which a band actually gets better with time, this California hard rock quintet seems to have finally grown into its skin on its fifth album.

Casting off the dated slap-bass funk and pointless nu-metal angst of its early years (well, mostly), Light Grenades is not only a worthwhile follow-up to 2003's A Crow Left of the Murder--the expansive disc many fans consider Incubus's best--but shows improvements all around.

Singer Brandon Boyd has learned to temper the words he plucks out of the thesaurus with genuine heartbreak, while the rest of the group proves it can do a lot more than offer up nonstop grooves. Yes, Boyd is the man and the results are evident throughout the album. The band's strongest songs are "Anna Molly" and "Diamonds and Coal"....the words "Sweet!" come out of my mouth.

The band can transition from rockers to ballad singer, hence the singles, "Kiss to Send Us Off" to "Dig" totally brilliant. The question is that they have turned into that other band who has improved as well, The Red Hot Chili Peppers? I see them just as good as them...without a doubt.

1. Quicksand
2. Kiss to Send Us Off
3. Dig
4. Anna Molly
5. Love Hurts
6. Light Grenades
7. Earth to Bella, Pt. 1
8. Oil and Water
9. Diamonds and Coal
10. Rogues
11. Paper Shoes
12. Pendulous Threads
13. Earth to Bella, Pt. 2

Rating: 4 out of 5

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