A Crow Left of the Murder

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Excellent playing, singing, and songwriting.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There's a refreshing anti-mass media message.


The message is non-violent, if anything.


Nothing explicit; even the innuendo is comparatively tame.


The "F" word appears a few times.


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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are a few smoking and drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Incubus' fifth album doesn't disappoint. Teens will identify with the self-indulgent lyrics, and they'll also appreciate the loud, energetic music. Other than a few F-words, the language is mostly clean.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... July 18, 2009


Great CD, although not as good as previous efforts, such as Make Yourself, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., or Morning View.

A few f-words in one song and one song about sex, b... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Incubus lost me a long time ago....

Incubus hasn't produced an astounding album since "Make Yourself." Their music is getting pretty dull. Overall disappointing like their last rele... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybreann1 April 9, 2008


i think this album is great yes some lyrics are "inappropreit" but otherwise great bad great album i think its perfect like their other alubums =)
Teen, 16 years old Written byCurbspaget April 9, 2008

Very good

This is a great album, and was my favorite by Incubus until their new one came out, 'Light Grenades'. Don't know why it's not on here yet...

What's the story?

The guys in Incubus seem to love playing with their special-effects toys. A CROW LEFT OF THE MURDER offers acrobatic guitar riffs, a frenetic rhythm section, and the kind of poetic and self-indulgent lyrics that only a self-absorbed teenager could love. \"You're no Jesus -- You're no Elvis -- You're no answer\" from \"Megalomaniac\" is an example. There's also a not-so-subtle anti-establishment and anti-mass-media message that's kind of refreshing, and some drop-dead vocal performances. This album ends up being somehow greater than the sum of its parts. It's catchy enough to get under your skin, and exciting enough to be fun.

Is it any good?

The album is an impressive, energetic departure from the band's earlier funk-rock sound, a return to their rock roots. There seems to be a lot of discussion on fan newsgroups about whether or not this is a good thing, but the end result is an excellent collection of passionate and well-played songs, led by the band's talented lead singer, Brandon Boyd. You (and your teens) could do a whole lot worse.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the anti-establishment, anti-mass-media messages.

Music details

  • Artist: Incubus
  • Release date: February 3, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Alternative Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

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