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Album Review

At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal/rap-rock bands swarming America in the latter days of the 20th century. But by their third album, 1999's Make Yourself, they had separated from the pack, as indicated by the presence of producer Scott Litt, best-known for his work with R.E.M.. It signaled that the band was serious, and they began expanding their rap-metal template on that album and its follow-up, 2001's Morning View, completing their transition from juvenelia to maturity with 2003's Crow Left of the Murder. Switching from Litt to producer Brendan O'Brien, a man who has been with Pearl Jam longer than any of their drummers, Incubus has opted for a clean, crisp yet heavy sound which allows them to aggressively switch from crunching metallic riffs to jazzy prog interludes. It's an expansive musical vision charged with some righteous anger; although vocalist Brandon Boyd doesn't write explicit protests, there sure are enough allusions to social turbulence to make this the first politically aware alt metal album in many a year. This maturation is even more evident in the music, how the band actually swings on "Zee Deveel," or how guitarist Michael Einzinger's jazz-influenced solos seem both carefully constructed and casually tossed off, or how Boyd's voice shifts from song to song (or during a song, as on the opening "Megalomaniac," which sounds like a bizarre blend of Mr. Mister's Richard Page and John Lydon). All this maturation does mean that Incubus may shed some older fans, since the naked ambitions on this record are far removed from the earnest, angst-ridden earlier records, but so be it — A Crow Left of the Murder... is far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'. At times, they may stretch themselves a little too far here, but the ambition is admirable and the achievements are tangible — a real breakthrough for the band. [A Crow Left of the Murder was also released in a limited-edition set with a bonus DVD containing a 26-minute documentary featuring footage from the band's Lollapalooza and Bridge Benefit performances, and of Boyd's injury.]

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album

This album is so easy to listen to. It's got the up beat rock your pants off songs like Pistola and Megalomaniac but then it also has those mellow soothing songs like Southern Girl and Talk Shows on Mute. The album talks about everything from politics to love so it definitely has substance. I bought this album in my junior year of high school and it brings back so many beautiful memories for me. Besides my personal sentimental value, this is a solid album and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good quality music.

Excellent album!

I bought this album back when it first came out during my senior year of high school. I remember being concerned that this album wouldn't be that good since they had a new bass player and I loved the bass work on the earlier albums. Anyway, this album though different than earlier releases is a very good solid album. I can listen to the first 8 tracks straight through. The only song after that that I really like is "Here in my Room". Morning View remains their best album in my opinion but this one is also up there and I'd say better than the albums they recorded after this.

Build; Unwind

As the title suggests, the music in this album has the songs build up and unwind to wear they disassemble to pick up and gently flow apart. The 2 main tracks where this happens are Sick Sad Little World, and Pistola (both are my favorite). This album differs from previous Incubus albums, but still packs a punch. Though its different its still really great, its among my top ten, being next to Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta, Amnesiac by Radiohead, and Lateralus by Tool. I highly recommend this album if you enjoy these previous listings, or if you like this album, I recommend these others as well. Especially Frances the Mute, along with their first album De-Loused in the Comatorium. Have fun.


Formed: 1991 in Calabasas, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Incubus became one of the most popular alt-metal bands of the new millennium, setting themselves apart from a crowded field with a tireless touring ethic and a broad musical palette. Formed in 1991 in the San Fernando Valley suburb of Calabasas, California, the band's early lineup comprised tenth-grade classmates Brandon Boyd (vocals, percussion), Mike Einziger (guitar), Alex Katunich (aka Dirk Lance; bass), and José Pasillas (drums). Their early funk-metal sound was heavily influenced by the Red...
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