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S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
No past albums that I can think of posess a more fitting title, as this band, still very young at the time, masters the SCIENCE of genre-mixing and experimentation.
Brandon Boyd receives much credit on this album for dodging the rap-rocker schtick and keeping to a more funky yet nonetheless heavy vocal style. Think of him of the middle of the road between Anthony Keadis and Mike Patton. He is able to belt out energetic screams, but does so in moderation. The drums are the best of any Incubus album and they fit like a glove with the turntable beats. The turntables add the scientific feeling to this album and they are not abused or cliched (there is no overabundance of 'wicka-wicka' type scratching or sampled 'yo's').
This album features Incubus's heaviest material ("Vitamin", "Certain Shade of Green") but it is metallic in a slick manner. The funk element mixed with the metallic element have been mixed before, but this album seems to be the apex of that specific genre-mixture. It is not simply a tug of war between funkiness and heaviness, rather the two are molded together and sound as though they were meant to be. There is also some very jazzy material on the album such as
"Deep Inside" which always reminds me of Steely Dan, and "Anti Gravity Love Song", which just might be the best song Incubus has ever offered. The album ends on a high note with "Cologne" a song which seems more frantic and chaotic then any of those that came before it, but it ends with a 15 minute experimental turntable jam which is a great way to end such an unpredicatable alum as this. With the possible exception of 'Make Yourself', Incubus have yet to serve up anything this good in years.
A highlight throuhgout the album has to be the bass lines from jazzy, Antigravity, to slap A Certain Shade of Green, to funky Deep Inside (my favorite Incubus track). It was sad to know that Dirk Lance has left the band because the bass is what I liked most from Incubus and this album shows what a great bassist he is.
If you are an Incubus fan you've already got this album, if you are just getting into them start here. Their newer albums are a lot more mainstream s.c.i.e.n.c.e is a lot more experimental due to the fusion of many styles and genres.
pros: great to mosh to, some good singing, sick djing
cons:way different than all other incubus, weird beats, some bad rapping, some screaming
best song: redefine... its amazing
check out this cd, it has some great songs, but beware fans of drive this cd is way different
And whether or not you'll really like them, my friend, begins right here.
Fungus Amongus, their "first" album, is something you'd do well to avoid until you've accustomed yourself to S.C.I.E.N.C.E... mainly because it may be a little too wild and unorthodox.
If you're used to their Morning View or Make Yourself sounds, be prepared. This is new.
S.C.I.E.N.C.E., in a nutshell, is metal, funk, jazz, alternative, and punk thrown into a blender. I'll do the rest song-by-song on a percentage scale.
Redefine - 85%. A strong opening riff bleeds into funk-rap and strongly-wah'd guitars. The chorus is the opening riff with a vocal line plastered over it. The bridge is the strongest part, a wild instrumental highlighting fast-popping bass and funky electronicness.
Vitamin - 83%. Brandon's lyrics are the strong point here; speaking out against our sleeping somnambulist society. Compared to the rest of the album, this song is poorly written and the level of musicianship isn't necessarily up to par. However, it's still an interesting song in the least.
New Skin - 94%. The heaviest song on the album begins with a crunching guitar riff with wild drums and accompanied by Brandon's bongos. The verses are filled with nutty slap bass, an anxiety-inducing guitar line, and insane lyric-ing. A highlight track.
Idiot Box - 92%. Great main riff, verses have an EXTREMELY funky bass line and a good vocal line. Again, the bridge is probably the best part.
Glass - 95%. Starts quite weirdly, then proceeds into a jazzy bass/drum/vocal verse. Chorus is heavy.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
S.C.I.E.N.C.E. will always be the best album Incubus will ever make. Before they were heavily influenced by the likes of MTV and popular rock radio stations, Incubus was truly a... Read morePublished on June 30 2004
NO INCUBUS ALBUM WILL EVER TOP THIS ONE WHEN IT COMES TO CREATIVITY!!!!!!!! Frankly every album since Make Yourself sounded all the same or at least carried this familiar... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by echelondecline
S.C.I.E.N.C.E .. yes - i heard Incubus on the radio, and thought their song writing and beats were okay, so i decided to buy their new CD - but by an accident i bought... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Lucas
Es el mejor disco de incubus. Lejos.
No tengo ganas de escribir asi que no escribo mas...
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I've listened to all the Incubus CD's except Fungus Amongus, and I think it's the best one of theirs, definately beats their new CD (A Crow Left of a Murder)Published on April 13 2004
This is true Incubus. This was when performing at raves with glowsticks was Incubus's speciality. This was when Branden Boyd used to headbang so hard that the sweat from his nappy,... Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Darius Jackson
Incubus' best album. It is indeed heavier than their others but is equally as melodic and musically intelligent. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Jeremy S.
This CD is not for everybody, I will admit that. It kind of gives off an old Red Hot Chilli Peppers feel and they also use their DJ so much more in this album. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Mike
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