For a band that usually flaunts the clean, baritone vocals of Brandon Boyd, "When Incubus Attacks" is not something many Incubus fans thought would happen. But after the success of the more acoustic-based songs on "Make Yourself," I suppose the band thought some credit was due to ever-improving guitarist Michael Einsiger. The obvious point, already stated by many reviewers here is the limited supply of the mini-album. So if you enjoy the new Incubus sound and like raw, acoustic music pick one up while they're available.
Two FANTASTIC versions of "Pardon Me" are available here, one completely acoustic and one live, electric with full band. The acoustic version shows the guts of the song and the skills of Einsiger; he plays many bluesy chords, augmented chords, and some that sound almost made-up. Very artsy. "Stellar" also sounds quite amazing acoustic, a nice change of pace from the grungier versions most people heard on the radio. An unreleased, full-band song "Crowded Elevator" may be the real incentive to buy for many die-hard incubators. I was a little bit upset that it was not included on "Morning View" released earlier this year. There is also a live version of "Favorite Things" for those who liked the "SCIENCE" album. Some real good stuff here.