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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the Southern California alternative rock band was co-produced by Dave Sardy and Sonny John Moore (aka Skrillex), who also mixed the album.
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  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Rap-Metal, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Funk Metal
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Undefeated
Could there be another universe? One that wasn't always out to getcha? And it breaks my heart a little bit That you're like a sleepwalker Half alive... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Apr 21, 2017
    60
    Later cuts like "Love in the Time of Surveillance" and the nervy, angsty closer reveal some decidedly complex layers of sonic architecture. Toss in the requisite instrumental, the all-atmosphere "Make No Sound in the Digital Forest," and you've got a pretty solid Incubus record in your hands, albeit one that won't win over any of the group's detractors.
  2. 50
    An outing as plain as its title. It is the band’s most consistent album in years, never dipping into any true clinkers but never approaching anything close to a risk either.
  3. Apr 21, 2017
    50
    Too many songs get halfway there, starting promisingly, then petering out quickly.
  4. Apr 21, 2017
    40
    Brandon Boyd and boys’ eighth album continues a progression away from the breakdowns and record-scratches of their early years and towards something closer to stadium-baiting modern rock in the mould of, say, Train. Indeed, there’s even the faint whiff of the Sheeran on a few of the big ballads here.
  5. Kerrang!
    May 11, 2017
    40
    8 isn't terrible, but it is boring, which is much worse. [13 May 2017, p.51]
  6. May 17, 2017
    30
    There’s barely any turntable work, just vanilla rock that once you’ve heard once you’ve heard it a million times. ... Incubus have un-made themselves.
  7. Apr 21, 2017
    10
    Every song is so utterly devoid of energy, like they've released a record composed of the spaces between the notes in all their previous work.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Apr 21, 2017
    10
    I have grown to adore this album. Once you really give it a thorough listen, you will have difficulty keeping it off repeat and singing alongI have grown to adore this album. Once you really give it a thorough listen, you will have difficulty keeping it off repeat and singing along as I have. Incubus has never disappointed and I don't see that happening anytime soon. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2017
    10
    This album is awesome go buy it. It is my most played album of 2017. It is as good as Morning View in my opinion, my interest in Incubus hadThis album is awesome go buy it. It is my most played album of 2017. It is as good as Morning View in my opinion, my interest in Incubus had waned since that album, but this is full of bangers. Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2017
    10
    I have been a hardcore incubus fan for 17 years. This is one of my album favorite incubus albums, behind Make Yourself. This album is sort ofI have been a hardcore incubus fan for 17 years. This is one of my album favorite incubus albums, behind Make Yourself. This album is sort of a concept album, in the sense that there is a common message undercutting every song in the album. It is a relevant message that reflects upon our ever-increasing digital world and the implications that come with it. It's an album about aging. It's about our relationships with others and our capacity to feel utterly alone in a world full of people. It's about reaching a point in your life when you start to wonder if you are even relevant to the world anymore. And finally, in a moment of enlightenment, it's about rebirth by deciding to "throw out the map, don't look back." Brandon's honesty here is vulnerable, beautiful, insightful, and full of strength. That is tremendously appealing. And plus, the album fracking ROCKS and hits HARD. Thank you, for another classic album, incubus. The boys are BACK! Expand
  4. Apr 28, 2017
    8
    This album is taking a ton of heat and I don't really understand why. I personally love it and find that after every listen I like it more &This album is taking a ton of heat and I don't really understand why. I personally love it and find that after every listen I like it more & more, It has a great melodic flow and I find myself singing or humming parts of the album all day long lately. Okay its not "Make Yourself" or " A Crow Left..." but people need to listen to this album a few times through and I'm sure it will grow on them. Expand
  5. May 16, 2017
    8
    This is a good album. I think critics want Incubus to remain the same and not and evolve personally or musically. Who wants guys in theirThis is a good album. I think critics want Incubus to remain the same and not and evolve personally or musically. Who wants guys in their 40's singing about teenage and 20's issues? It's like If not now, when? It's not my favorite album; I, too, prefer early to mid stuff, but I like it. I agree with Damien, with each successive album, the band digs deeper lyrically. If they were singing the same old, the critics would be complaining that they had not evolved. How many times have you listened to an older Incubus song and realized some nuance of the music or lyrics?
    Also, can they be louder at concerts?? Looking forward to seeing them at DTE this summer.
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  6. Apr 25, 2017
    7
    After 6 (long) years since their last full length, incubus releases 8. A collection of songs that stay true to the incubus sound but don'tAfter 6 (long) years since their last full length, incubus releases 8. A collection of songs that stay true to the incubus sound but don't really expand into new musical territory. There are some great moments in songs like throw out the map, love in a time of surveillance and familiar faces. low points for me include state of the art and no fun. To me this album is a solid effort, but doesn't really measure up to their earlier releases. Although a definite step up from INNW. I would rank incubus albums in this order:
    1.Crow/MV
    3.MY
    4.LG/Science
    6.8
    7.INN,W
    8.Fungus
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  7. Mar 14, 2019
    2
    This is a really bad album. I hate to say it. I use to be a hardcore incubus fan for many years but this music is unlistenable.

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