Incubus is a band that has always managed to bring something new the table, while at the same time staying true to the music that has always been loved by millions of fans all over the world. The highly-anticipated album “8” is no different. “8” is the band’s first studio album in 6 years after the success of their last album, If Not Now, When? This album was well worth the wait. “8” is everything a fan of the band or the rock genre could want. It feels like an Incubus album with some modern edge to it.
“8” starts off fun and strong with the first track “No Fun” with a somewhat heavy and bouncy riff that could pep anyone’s day up. Vocalist Brandon Boyd hasn’t lost his step; as a matter of fact, he’s probably gained a few steps. He delivers strong high notes and melodies that any Incubus fan would expect of him. “Nimble Bastard” was the first single and continues the album’s overall tone with headbanging riffs and a very catchy chorus that would make anyone get out of their seat and move around.
Most of the songs on the album may be uplifting and fun, but there are certain songs that take a different vibe from the album. Tracks like “Loneliest” and “State of the Art” are amazing ballads and really bring out the emotion of the record and show the sensitive side of Incubus. “8” features a very well-blended mix of fun, catchy, and emotional tracks, and it won’t be easy to pick just one favorite off this record.
Lyrically, this album is a masterpiece. “8” is the equivalent of poetry in a hard rock album. The combination of the music and the lyrics work so well together. The way that the vocalist, Brandon Boyd, flows with his band mate’s music is so surreal. Over 20 years in and Incubus still hasn’t lost or changed one quality that makes all their fans fall in love with them, and they will love them all over again with this amazing record.
Overall, this has something for everyone. The music is absolutely amazing and one can tell that they have taken a very long time in writing and preparing this record. The lyrics are fun and flow evenly through the entire record. Musically, this album gets an A+, because it’s just a fun record and well worth the six year wait. Incubus have proven once again that they are still on top of the modern rock world and don’t plan on leaving yet. “8” is one of the best rock albums of the year and Incubus is still one of the best bands of the past two decades.