Incubus – If Not Now, When?
Posted on July 20, 2011 by 6foot9
A more emotional and slow paced Incubus album….and I’m not getting into it.
Don’t get me wrong, there are moments of ‘If Not Now, When?’ that remind me of the Incubus of old, however overall it sounds like Incubus have taken their foot off the accelerator and attempted to make an album based on love and loss. Guitarist Mike Einziger had this to say: “Over the years, we’ve become less and less aggressive as far as our music goes. There’s always moments of that aggression, but this album is pretty free of that“. He’s hit the nail on the head – the aggression is all but stripped from this album, and as such I got bored. It wasn’t just the music that bored me – frontman Brandon Boyd, who’s lyrics have always been obscure and interesting, has resorted to cliche love rubbish, and it just doesn’t fit the Incubus persona.
There is no doubt the band has developed over the last 20 years (yes, its been 20 years!!) – slowly moving away from the heavier, louder and faster sounds of ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’. and ‘Morning View’ – I understand that bands evolve and sounds change and I’m all for it, but in this case I just prefer the Incubus of old.
Here are my picks off the album.