A Crow Left Of The Murder - Incubus
Member Name: ryanando
A Crow Left Of The Murder - Incubus
Advantages: Everyone will like at least one song, over all brilliance
---Don't Panic (yet)---
Another late night for me accompanied by more of my neighbour coughing and spitting his lung into the toilet before trying to inhale it back in again. What can one do to avoid this noise that would drive even a one-legged diseased pigeon that really shouldn't want to cling on to life anyway (but clings all the same) to the point of no return? You can start by killing the neighbour!
So, now that I've confiscated the offending lung and informed his wife that I don't care if she's just given birth to a five headed llama-god, I don't want to hear her sobbing about it in the bathroom at stupid o'clock, I have decided that I should get my finger out and review something. That something, I decided, will be music. It helps me wind down.
Up comes Windows Media Player (aka Satan in music player form) and I flick through the album covers 'til I find one that has not came from an illegal download. It's only polite that I review something I can hold in my hand *Note to self: Do NOT review penis....actually...*
The first band that catches my eye is Incubus. I'm not sure which album yet so, first of all, I'll give you a brief history of the band.
Incubus (which is a demon that screws women while they sleep, pleasant eh?) started life way back in the good old days of 1991 (just like my baby brother) with the enviously gorgeous Brandon Boyd (who could screw me while I'm asleep if he wants) as the lead singer and they are still going strong with a Greatest Hits albums due out in June this year (Monuments and Melodies). They fall under a hell of a lot of categories but I find the most appropriate to be Alternative Rock. They are occasionally rather heavy, they are at times incredibly mellow. They are one band that my whole family agree are rather fantastic and we all have a stupendously different taste in music. It's all good.
They have 7 albums to date (Fungus Amongus, Enjoy Incubus, S.C.I.E.N.C.E, Make Yourself, Morning View, A Crow Left of the Murder and Light Grenades) and continue to push the borders with their music (they get quite experimental at times) but all in a fabulously sexy way that your ears will love. Or else.
The album I shall be reviewing today is...*closes eyes and points*...(I guess this part is less exciting for you since you already know what I've chosen. Shh, don't ruin the excitement for me)....A Crow Left of the Murder! Ace.
ACLOTM (as I shall henceforth be referring to it as unless I get bored or slip up and that's assuming I do actually need to use it again) was released in 2004 after ditching the old base player (Dirk Lance) and acquiring a new one (Ben Kenny) and is one of three Incubus albums to have had a number 1 single in the US. The U.K. charts have no taste in music. The artwork takes a different route from previous albums and goes down a very interesting route and for some reason it makes me think of Japanese artwork. As with any good album, in the booklet you will find all the words to the songs so when you come to the bits you don't know you can look it up. Or just make it up yourself.
---When it screams---
Ok, finally, the music!
---1 - Megalomaniac - 4:45 ---
---If I were your appendages I'd hold open your eyes so you could see...---
We begin with what every passenger that got in my car in 2004 said sounds like a spaceship taking off. Personally I think they are talking a load of bollocks. It sounds like a plethora of noise and radio static. It is the introduction to Megalomaniac. About 50 seconds in it fades into a guitar riff and builds into a very atmospheric start to this brilliant song. The chorus's are a bit heavier and faster with some rip roaring guitars, making way for the mellow verses. This one is very similar to the kind of music on earlier albums so I would have to give it a thumbs up. Apparently people believed it was a dig at Mr Bush and was kept till after the watershed. Personally I just aimed it at people who let their ego's get the better of them and let my mind run away with itself. And we all know how dangerous that can be.
---2 - A Crow Left of the Murder - 3:30 ---
---Every piece contains a map of it all---
Right from the get go this song puts a smile on my face, a cheery, upbeat guitar riff and some drums will have you dancing. Then Boyd's voice kicks in and it just makes the song an instant jump along song. What it is actually about I do not know but its so good that I don't really care.
---3 - Agoraphobia - 3:52 ---
---I want to stay inside for good---
The name being the fear of going outside, this song slows the album down a little after the bouncy songs that started it off. A little more jazzy than the previous two rocky offerings, this comes with yet another catchy chorus and lyrics that can be applied to a strained relationship type situation if you really want to. More thumbs for this track when Boyd goes into his high-pitched whinings in the middle. Sounds bad written like that, but this guy has a lovely voice.
---4 - Talk Shows on Mute - 3:49 ---
---You're so much more endearing with the sound turned off---
Continuing with the slower pace, another perfect piece of music from the boys. Very relaxing if you don't listen to the words which seem to make a very cutting observations on the state of society and their crave of five minutes of fame. Either that or they just really hate Trisha. Another thumb for the boys.
---5 - Beware! Criminal - 3:48 ---
---A butterfly under the glass: You are beautiful but you're not going anywhere---
One of my favourite Incubus songs of all time. The pace is back up a little for this rocking ditty, full of catchy little guitar riffs, vocal acrobatics and some brilliant lyrics all about someone who stole the affections of whoever wrote the song and then crushed him like a poor little bug. Again that's just my take on it. Despite the subject matter it's actually one of those deceptively happy sounding tracks that will have you bouncing along and singing with every chorus. I DEMAND MORE THUMBS!
---6 - Sick Sad Little World - 6:23 ---
---Leave me here in my stark, raving, sick, sad, little world---
Electric guitar starts. Snare drum joins. Bass begins threading them both together. BAM the song begins. This is one I like to drive fast to, mosh to, scream along to...other things. This comes with what I call "Incubus anger". It is a strange feeling. It is anger mixed with self pity, rolled in a helping of "you all suck and I don't" sprinkled with "go away and leave me the fuck alone" baked till it is a colour that can only be described as "come here and listen to what I have to say, you idiot"
This is also the longest song on the album, most likely due to the instrumental middle section that lasts a while but in true Incubus style never gets boring. After building you up throughout the whole song, the last few lines wind you down nicely to a close. Thumb anyone?
---7 - Pistola - 4:23 ---
---My intention: a bullet, My body: a trigger finger.---
A song most likely about the power of the written word and echoing the spaceship-esq noises we began on, this song makes me a very happy person. It's another fast paced jump around type track with some amazing lyrics to boot. Boyd is a bit more shoutey in this song, but still stupendously good with it. If this song were on my hand, it would be my thumb.
---8 - Southern Girl - 3:41 ---
---You're an exception to the rule, You're a bonafide rarity---
This song cuts out all the background noise. What I mean by that is that there is always a tonne going on behind most Incubus songs. This one cuts it down not quite to basics, but back to instruments rather than instruments and noises. A lovely riff echoes over a plinking base line, all covered by Boyd's smooth voice. Chuck a violin or two in and here we have a very pretty love song. Thumbs all round.
---9 - Priceless - 4:07 ---
---The fact that you think you can speak to me the way you do leads me to believe you've never stepped outside the skin you live in---
DRUMS!!!! This track will jolt you back into the hear and now with a rather drum orientated ditty. A song most likely about that look people get when they realise you have just screwed them over completely. Yay for that. Fast paced and comes complete with some impressive guitar solos. In saying that if I had to pick a song on the album I didn't like much, it would be this one. Not that its crap mind you, just not as good as the rest. I shall refrain from thumbing this one.
---10 - Zee Deveel - 3:52 ---
---You should be careful what you wish for 'cause every one of us has the devil inside---
This one always makes me think of a circus. Its got a rather odd rhythm to it and Boyd funks it up a little by singing in whispers, shouts and whoops of joy (as well as just his perfect voice). The lyrics will talk about not judging your value on how much you are worth in pennies and effectively calls you an idiot if you do. I quite like the way this song clunks along with it's weird timing. Makes me smile. So I shall give it a thumb.
---11 - Made for TV Movie - 3:38 ---
---Hello? I'm trying to focus but my eyes deceive me---
Another song I love for the lyrics alone, conjuring images of aliens looking at us and being shocked at how much we like to kill each other. It's a nicely paced little ditty taking a less than serious look at the serious state of the world. Good stuff boys. Come here so I can give you a thumb...
---12 - Smile Lines - 3:59 ---
--- So, insecurities are about as useful as trying to put the pin back in the grenade---
Essentially another love song, but more of the happy ones that laugh at how silly we get when we fancy the pants off of someone. I'm all smiles after hearing it, every time! Fast enough to bop to, slow enough to take in what's happening, it really is just a magical song that will make you remember your first crush and how much of an idiot you really are (but all in a good way). Thumb!!! THUMB!!
---13 - Here in My Room - 4:20 ---
---I came here expecting next to nothing, so thank you for being that kind of girl---
And...STOP. That's pretty much what this track does to me. It's one of the slowest tracks on the album. It is, however, beautiful. An eerie mix of bass and violins coupled with Boyd's perfect voice. The whole song does make me think an awful lot of the Wizard of Oz with lines like " You enter in full blown Technicolor" and the pre-chorus "if the world should fall apart in a fiction worthy wind". This makes me happy. All of my favourite people make references to the Wizard of Oz. The whole song, however, seems to be more about shagging some girl. Eww. Still thumb worthy.
---14 - Leech - 4:19 ---
---The ride's over, did you enjoy yourself?---
Back to the anger with this song, the last on the album and rather fitting. Every time I hear it I wonder if they purposely wrote it as a song to put on the end of an album. The whole song is peppered with cries of "the ride's over, did you enjoy yourself?". Apart from that rather choice placement, the song is also about getting rid of people who you just don't need. You know who I'm talking about.
---Let it go---
So, that's what Incubus do. Overall I wouldn't say it is the best album they have released but then I also wouldn't say it is bad. For it is not. Not only does it come with more thumbs than a rent boys rear, it is very good! It fits in nicely with the rest of the collection and though, at times, it does echo the styles of previous albums, it still appears as fresh and new material. If you are a lover of music Incubus will have something you like. If not, then you suck. Get out of here.
Summary: Incubus rock. That will be all.