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Incubus  -  "A Crow Left Of The Murder" 
by Linda Spielman

The long awaited release from Incubus has been described by some fans as a double edged sword before its release. Rumors that the CD would be something completely different from past efforts such as S.C.I.E.N.C.E or Fungus/Enjoy had diehard fans in a tizzy about the uncertainty of the new direction the CD might take, and if it would live up to their expectations of the band as a whole. Some fans who had the opportunity to hear tracks prerelease date acknowledged some clone-like songs that mirrored previous songs from the band in their early years. So, while the diehard fans of Incubus fight over the pros and cons of the CD, how is someone who listens to the band maybe for the first time able to develop an unbiased opinion on the newest project.

"A Crow left Of The Murder" is amazingly produced by Brendan O'Brien. Having just radio airplay to go by from previous releases by the group, I was astounded at the level of layering and mixing on the CD. Brandon Boyd's voice has never sounded stronger. Have the vocals to back some of the most intense lyrics out there in music, combined with overall instrumental background of the band, I found this CD a great listen.

After talking to a few Incubus fans, the consensus on their part, is that this CD is OK. If you are a first time fan of the band due to the overwhelming radio success of "Megalomaniac", then you may love this CD. But, many of the core Incubus fans feel there are many gaps of musical consistency on this CD. To get a true feel for the group's potential they suggest listening to their previous releases first.

So, as a first time buyer, I enjoyed the CD. Great to listen to in the car. The limited edition packaging also included a bonus DVD of Lollapalooza, Bridge Benefit and some other Incubus extras; without driving the price point higher. Out of 5 stars, this CD ranks about 3 in terms of a go out and buy recommendation.

CD Info 

Incubus  -  "A Crow Left Of The Murder"
Label: Epic
Crow Left Of The Murder, A
Talk Shows On Mute
Beware? Criminal
Sick, Sad Little World
Southern Girl
Zee Deveel
Made For TV Movie
Smile Lines
Here In My Room
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