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Fungus Amongus

Incubus Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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6. Speak Free
7. The Answer
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9. Sink Beneath The Line
10. Hilikus

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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, and thoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans. --Katherine Turman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not flawless, but important July 3 2004
By K.I.B.
Format:Audio CD
Incubus Album #1
My junior year of high school (a fair amount of time has passed since then) all my friends are heavily into Incubus, but I have a good laugh at them. At the time I was very much into punk, indie, and heavy metal, and Incubus seemed to be yet another nu-metal band. If it wasn't their music that completely disgusted me, it was Brandon Boyd's inevitability to be shirtless everytime a camera was placed upon him.
Then the day came when a random friend told me his mother bought him the first Incubus and it was the best thing he had ever heard. He placed it in his CD player and though I was not floored, I must admit I was hearing something by Incubus and I actually enjoyed it.
This album has a fair amount of Primus, Faith No More, and Chili Peppers influencing it (especially in the bass, which is much heavier and louder in the mix than most future efforts) however in Boyd's quirky lyrics and oft-changing vocal stylings I heard a young man who obviously was a Mr. Bungle fan, and I can't bash him for that. "Gonna Be A Hot Dancer" and "Hilikus" are songs cut from the more Mr. Bungle-esque thread, as they feature frantic screaming by Boyd, something he hardly does anymore. Other songs have more of a funk 'n roll sound to them, similar to early Chili Peppers with a much better lead guitar player (sorry John, Dave, and Hilel, but you guys are no Mike Eisinger). "Sink Beneath the Line" features some of the best Eisinger guitar work in his entire career, it is hard to believe he was so young at the time.
As good as this album is, it just doesn't have a strong cohesiveness; and the songs themselves are only half memorable, with the exception definitely being "Sink Beneath the Line".
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing......... Feb. 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I must say that this cd is an amazing peice of skill. Theres probably about maybe 5 bands out there that play their music with as much skill as incubus shows in this cd. I wouldnt recomend this cd to poser poppy kids who are only in to their more "radio-friendly" music. This cd shows what incubus is really all about. Every single instrument is played with amazing skill, each of them are obviously the best at what they do. I must say that wahat the person said before, and i quote - "Their skills are admittedly great for a bunch of sixteen-year-olds, but that doesn't mean the music is acceptable by any standards." Im sorry, but if you dont like this kinda music you have no place to criticize this cd. Their skills are "great for a bunch of 16yr olds"? Thats a little harsh, considering that i've been playing bass for years, including at least 10 yrs playin slap bass, and these songs still pose a challenge to me. The bass is phenomenal. Im really sad to hear that dirk left the band, but i can understand why. His type of music is in this cd, not in watered down radio-friendly simple basslines. I love science and make yourself and morning view also, but this one will always be my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best. Nov. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to Incubus for as long as I can remember. The first album i owned of theirs was "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." which totally rocked. I liked every song on the album. No. Scratch that. I loved every song on the album. From there, I purchased "Enjoy Incubus" which was even better, and "Fungus Amongus" that shadowed the other two so completely that I was sure I'd found the alpha-album.
Later on, as Incubus began to gain in popularity, I purchased "Make Yourself" and still later, "morning view"... both of which sickened me to the core. Although "Make Yourself" had enormous potential as a transition between two different styles.. it never quite made it. In fact, it is in my opinion that modern day Incubus is nothing more than regurgitated radio crap. If even that. I understand that bands do change with time, but i didn't realize that "change" meant "suck."
What used to be some of the best bass I'd ever heard outside of Nuclear Rabbit or Primus became roots. Not to mention the absence of scratch/mixing in the later albums. Incubus went from phenomenal to mediocre in the course of only a few years.
"Fungus Amongus" is Incubus at their best. BUY THIS ALBUM. It's spunky, energetic, original, and the talent of the band is apparent in every song. Personal favorites: Speak Free, Sink Beneath the Line, and Trouble in 421. Savour the remnants of their genuis while you still can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... Sept. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
I read a few of the reviews before I started to write my own. It seems as if there is no middle ground on this record. It's either love or hate.
If you made me guess I would think that the band hates this CD. It's those old songs that you wrote years ago and so much has changed since then. But as a fan and one who enjoys something different, Fungus Amongus is a great CD to help fight off the mundane MTV malaise.
I have to tell you all that I found Incubus just like every other kid out there, on the radio, I don't have a story like, "I knew bob who went to high school with the lead singer and I have there first demo on tape." But I do genuinely like their music and their musical diversity.
One review said that you have to be too in love with Incubus to say that you like this CD, well I would say that you would have to be too in love with MTV to not like this CD.
If you like what you here out there on the radio and you also have Justin Timberlake in your CD collection DON'T BUY IT! If you like some flavor to your music and are willing to try something different then you may just love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late Review
A lot of people think lowly of this album, just because it is mainly stoner songs. This doesn't mean it is bad, it has a certain charm to it, while a singer can make tons of... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2008 by ...
3.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder This Is The Only Burned CD I Own
Well, I listen to this CD every once in a while (maybe on an incredibly long car trip), but I think I've only heard the whole thing 5 times. The CD is fun. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Jeremy Webber
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Like S.C.I.E.N.C.E But Less Rock And More Funk
I don't get why this album gets so much criticism, because even though it is the most out there Incubus cd, it is also the most original. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Poncho
2.0 out of 5 stars Now that Incubus's new "aclotm" came out....
This is for people who are new to Incubus from their new album. Fungus Amongus is a classic in terms of change.. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by aMaRaNtHiiNe
3.0 out of 5 stars The Harder side of Incubus (3.5 Stars)
To start off, this CD is not for every Incubus fan. "Fungus Amongus" is really for fans of Incubus who are into "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." and "Make Yourself. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by PaulH
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Stop
I know it's tough to understand while you are browsing through the internet whether or not the music you see is quality. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another Amazing Incubus album
I really think that any real incubus fan has to have this album. It's funky..and is really different than make yourself or morning view but still it shows Incubus' unique talent... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Morgan Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Incubus
This CD, in my opinion is the best incubus album ever. It captures the band's real music. I love incubus' old music a lot better then their softy songs like "wish you were here"... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Only nessicerry if your are an actuall fan
Ok, I am a really huge Incubus fan. Seriously I am, but I can't see how people could ever rate this 5 stars. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by Buddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Incubus??!
This Cd sounds nothing like what Incubus is today: It is a lot more funky, a lot more metally, and a lot more talent is evident. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by "starguitar"
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