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Light Grenades
     

Light Grenades

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by Incubus
 

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On their fourth album, A Crow Left of the Murder, Incubus got heavier, both musically and lyrically, which might have developed their music but it shrank their audience. It's hard not to see their 2006 follow-up, Light Grenades, as a reaction to this situation -- not that they shrink away from the progression of Crow, but

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On their fourth album, A Crow Left of the Murder, Incubus got heavier, both musically and lyrically, which might have developed their music but it shrank their audience. It's hard not to see their 2006 follow-up, Light Grenades, as a reaction to this situation -- not that they shrink away from the progression of Crow, but they polish and streamline their innovations from that album, resulting in a record that's sharper, cleaner, and more immediate in every respect. This naturally means that Incubus doesn't sound as heavy as they did earlier in their career, but they're still pretty somber here; even when the rhythms crash and the guitars wail, this is serious music, but they have a lighter touch here than they did on Crow. They also have a greater mastery of mood, as well as a greater musical variety than they displayed on the outset of their career. Often, they use trippy, vaguely psychedelic soundscapes to set a tone that they later blast apart with tightly focused blasts of fury, such as the skittering "Anna Molly" or the intense two-minute ballast of the title track -- or even how the acoustic introspection of "Earth to Bella" is ripped apart by shards of noise, not unlike Radiohead's "Creep." Radiohead comes to mind a few times on Light Grenades, largely in how Incubus uses echoed guitars on their expansive mood pieces, but more often they sound like a leaner, hungrier latter-day Pearl Jam in their sense of purpose and dedication to serious rock. Perhaps that's why "Diamonds and Coal" stands out so strongly in the latter half of the record: it's a tightly constructed pop song, their catchiest ever, that's unlike anything else on the record in its hookiness, which makes it all the more impressive. And instead of suggesting that the rest of the record is lacking in hooks, it actually points out how Incubus has grown: that they not only feel comfortable releasing a piece of alt-pop as catchy as this, but they don't emphasize it, they merely present it as another dimension to their sound, just like how the delicate acoustic-driven "Paper Shoes" also sounds unlike the rest of the album yet still fits comfortably into the record's tapestry. These moments of lightness illustrate the confidence Incubus now has and their increasing musical dexterity too. On Light Grenades, they are a tightly focused, purposeful band, shifting moods and textures at the drop of a dime, proving that they have become a rare thing: a modern heavy rock band that actually grows and improves with each album.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Gary Susman
Equally adept at rave-ups and ballads, Incubus even make their unexpected forays into space-rock work. (B+)

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Release Date:
11/28/2006
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0828768385227
catalogNumber:
83852

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Light Grenades 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was a huge let down for me. I listened to all the tracks and wondered what they were thinking. What happened to Incubus? Glad I didn't buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Dig" is a great song. "A Kiss to Send Us Off," "Oil and Water" and "Anna Molly" are good songs. The rest of the songs aren't very good. Play the samples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took a while to really get into this album because each song is so deep and different. You really have to listen to each song and find what you like about it, whether it's the lyrics, guitar, bass, etc. In doing this, I found that my favorite song on the album changed each day until I liked all of them. This is how it has been for all Incubus records for me. If you are an Incubus fan and like deep, meaningful music, this is the album for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are about five great songs, two good songs, and a few songs that aren't so good on this CD. If you're like me, though, and put Incubus's best songs on one CD, you need this CD. It's a good CD. It's just not great. Listen to the samples. "Dig" is the best song. "A Kiss to Send Us Off" and "Earth to Bella, Pt. 1" are also really good songs. "Anna Molly" was a big hit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it's not as good as Make Yourself, this album is awesome. For Incubus fans this is a must-have. Even if you don't listen to Incubus, this is a great album to start with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like this album one bit. Keep in mind I didn't care for their previous album either. To me, it seems like ever since Dirk Lance left, their creativity has expanded, but in a bad way. At times there seems to be no song structure and the vocals are nothing but mere ramblings. They're definitly doing things different, but only engrossed fans of non-radio friendly underground type of music will enjoy this...or people who just simply stay loyal to band "X".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing maybe not the best by Incubus but its on up there with their previously released albums.... it presents something not quite heard before by Incubus...some artist choose to play it safe and produce the same style of music album after album however Incubus is one of the few who is not afraid to reach for the stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! This is an album I wish I had never heard, just so that I can experience hearing it for the first time again. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are deep and profound. Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an Incubus fan for years, and the one thing that keeps impressing me is the evolution of their sound. Every album is something fresh, often unexpected, and Light Grenades is no exception. Incubus plays with the intention of staying true to their art, not selling records. I love this album more with each listen. A must for any fan of musicians who are real musicians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While not as great as "Crow Left of the Murder", "Light Grenades" definitely showcases the bands ability to dish out good singles. What happens in between is a mish-mash of new ideas trying to push outside of any old formula's the band has established.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding album by the ambitious artists, Incubus, their creativity for this album is over the roof! Those who don't enjoy this album have to take a hear at it again because it is simply amazing, their creativity is amazing. Also those who gave bad reviews to this album are probably closed minded people, just open your ears and let their message flow to your souls. In the simplest words and most convenient definitions, this album is absolutely BEAUTIFUL....
Discerning_Taste More than 1 year ago
After A Crow Left of the Murder, I was not looking forward to this album. Crow seemed to lose a lot of the sound that I had come to associate with and love about Incubus. But I was thrilled when I finally heard Light Grenades, because it hails a return of great music and thought-provoking lyrics. If you loved Morning View and Make Yourself, skip right over Crow Left of the Murder and get yourself some Light Grenades.
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