Incubus, If Not Now, When?
Incubus fans expecting the band's popular brand of guitar rock are in for a shock with the group's seventh album, If Not Now, When?, released today. Listening to all twelve of the slow, concise power ballads here, one might even start to think they were listening to a Coldplay album.
One complaint about this album has been its slow tempos and lack of Einziger's guitar chops. But during the five years since Incubus' last album, Light Grenades (2006), Einziger took classes in music composition, and it's really his attention to overall composition that shines here, particularly on tracks like "Adolescents," one of the most upbeat songs on the record. It's got an overall progressive rock sound boosted by soft psychedelic breakdowns, vocal harmony overdubs, and a refrain of "out of sight, out of mind" over spiraling guitars. Einziger does show his skills with a six-string a bit here, adding a beautifully crisp and clean guitar solo.
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