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Crow Left of the Murder

A Crow Left of the Murder

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by Incubus

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Having carved out a niche as the thinking person's nü-metal band, Incubus up the ante on their sixth disc, delving deep into themes of war and social injustice -- which, not surprisingly, they're against -- and pushing into previously unexplored sonic realms. Brandon Boyd and company waste no time in setting the tone, leading off with the biliously political


Having carved out a niche as the thinking person's nü-metal band, Incubus up the ante on their sixth disc, delving deep into themes of war and social injustice -- which, not surprisingly, they're against -- and pushing into previously unexplored sonic realms. Brandon Boyd and company waste no time in setting the tone, leading off with the biliously political "Megalomaniac," on which the singer strafes angular bass lines with an angry energy reminiscent of John Lydon circa Public Image's Second Edition. The tenor changes considerably on the disc's title cut, which is guided into kraut-rock territory by Mike Einziger's fleet, fluid guitar leads. Boyd takes center stage on "Agoraphobia," on which he dips agonizingly into the lower register to convey the desperation of the white-knuckled lyrics, then reverses field for the quizzical "Talk Shows on Mute," which could pass for a Police album track -- albeit one given a shot of adrenaline. A Crow Left of the Murder is unflaggingly refreshing, in part because there's actual motive behind the band's anger and in part because Incubus manage to drive that emotion home with tools that transcend caveman-simple clubs.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal
ap-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.]
Rolling Stone - Robert Cherry
[Incubus's] most consistenly tune-based album.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incubus   Primary Artist
Jose Antonio Pasillas   Group Member
Brandon Boyd   Group Member
Mike Einziger   Group Member
Chris "DJ" Kilmore   Turntables,Group Member
Ben Kenney   Group Member

Technical Credits

Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer,Illustrations
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Jose Antonio Pasillas   Composer
Brandy Flower   Art Direction
Brandon Boyd   Composer
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
Mike Einziger   Composer,Engineer
Chris "DJ" Kilmore   Composer
Ben Kenney   Composer

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A Crow Left of the Murder 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still remains Incubus's best album to date and is a testament to how much the band has matured, even if their fans haven't.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
well, the CD's OK but not great, i think people would appreciate Incubus more if they did stuff like Morning View or Fungus Amungus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I applaud Incubus' courage in attacking the pseudo president's homocidal mania in forcing this war with Iraq on the American people. "Megalomaniac" is about all illegitimate rulers who propel their people into foreign lands pursuing Glory and Victory. 500 young American men and women have died so far, thousands are coming back maimed and crippled, each day Bush's body count is growing and threatens to surpass the death toll of September 11th soon. Yet some fools praise Bush as not a murderer, but a 'strong leader' and 'hero'. Incubus however rightly compares Bush to other scumbags and warmongers of history. Observe the video to 'Megalomaniac'. Buy this CD. And vote accordingly in November.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome. I think its their third best. I saw Incubus live in concert. It was awesome, thier opening song was Megalomaniac, it was insane. Some of the songs start off kind of slow, but you have to listen to the song more to like it. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Incubus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I was skeptical because of all the publicity Incubus was receiving and how mainstream their songs Megalomaniac and Talk Shows on Mute had become. Even though I liked the songs, I wasn’t sure how much I would like the new CD. After finding it used for 5 dollars, I figured ‘what the heck’? I was pleasantly surprised. With amazing lyrics and melodic tunes, this is definitely an amazing CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD at the beggining of the summer and it never got old. "A Crow Left of the Murder" is filled with 14 great songs. Some of their bests are, "Sick Sad Little World," "Here In My Room," "A Crow Left of the Murder," "Talks Shows on Mute," "Beware! Criminal," "Southern Girl," "Pistola," and "Priceless." All of those songs are great. This CD is great for anyone who loves Incubus. I give this CD a five star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incubus manages to reinvent themselves once again with this great album. Their sound is a little harder (guitar/bass -wise) but they are still awesome. This album is quite different from their last one, Morning View. Be sure to get this one. It is good stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never really been an Incubus fan but when i first started hearing megalomaniac on the radio i thought I would give them another shot. This cd is alot better than their last one but not as good as S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Even though wat they r singing about is a stupid waste of time to sing about cuz only stupid kids think they know wat they r talking about when it comes to politics(Of course 17 & under). The guitar and bass lines are catchy and the drum beats r good. So i would recommend u buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album rocked. It got it's points across. But in order for them to play their music they need people who tell them what to play about to shut up. The video is fine. It is what they chose to do and I somehow don't think your opinion means anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album kicks. i was kind of skeptical when dirk left, but i never lost faith in the boys. those guys are incapable of writing bad music. every album of theirs evloves from the last into a different sound. this album is serious and mature, but fun, fast, and energetic at the same time. get this musically genius album as well as every other incubus album. my two fav songs are probably sick sad little world and priceless... oh and by the way for all you guitarists out there, mike is, like always, amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to every song on this. The first four songs sound different, but then everything just blends into one long song. There are a few good songs but not many. I love the other three CDs I have by Incubus: Morning View, Light Grenades and Make Yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is more to this band than hating Bush 43. If you want to make a political statement like reviewer #1...Use the money you were going to spend on this CD and donate to your favorite political party. Incubus proves yet again they are one of the most creative and talented rock bands out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the new album a lot, but I saw the video for Megalomaniac and I think it's sorta over the top to compare George W. with Hitler in the way that they did. Just play the music and shut up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are two great songs: "Megalomaniac" and "Talk Shows on Mute." There are three good songs: "Southern Girl," "Pistola" and "Agoraphobia." There rest is just noise. Play the samples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incubus continues to evolve in its musical career...its first CD, Fungus Amongus was a bit of thrash-funk (like chili peppers). SCIENCE was more like rap-rock (think Rage)although they switched back and forth, between the rap and mellow tunes, not putting them together very well. Make Yourself is a straight forward rock-metal album. Morning View is a softer version of Make Yourself, with better written songs. And lastly...A Crow Left Of The Murder...! This album is freaking awesome. Unlike past albums it has mood throughout the CD, and a live, concert sound. Lyrics have meaning, implying injustice in politics and society alike. After a first listen, I honestly wasnt impressed with the CD, but having listened to it now literally 20 times (after 3 days mind you) I love it. Their new bassist, Ben Kenney adds loads of depth and allows Mike to play better, longer riffs. In my opinion the albums have become increasingly better, each one showcasing more and more of Incubus' immense musical talent and diversity...LATER!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good CD. It doesn't compare to Make Yourself though. Anyone who says it's Incubus' best doesn't know much about Incubus and music, and shouldn't be making comments on it.