A Crow Left of the Murder

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Excellent playing, singing, and songwriting.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a refreshing anti-mass media message.

Violence

The message is non-violent, if anything.

Sex

Nothing explicit; even the innuendo is comparatively tame.

Language

The "F" word appears a few times.

Consumerism

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few smoking and drinking references.

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... July 18, 2009
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Awesome!

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, but it's pretty tame and not very obvious,
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Too much swearing
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008
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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 release. Well, they say once you go on MTV once, your standards drop. There are only a few bands who stay good after becoming mainstream.
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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Incubus Goes Bananas

This album is a bit more raw and live sounding than Incubus' past two albums. A few recording errors are even left in. The album includes some interesting guitar noodling and instrumental parts.Brandon Boyd sings in his unique manner, and his vocals seem to have expanded, even more than before, to different styles of singing (falsettos, singing to the beat of a song, creepy whipers, etc.)Also on board this time around in new bassist Ben Kenny (spelling?), formerly of The Roots, a hip hop band. Not only does his presence change the bands rhythm, but he also adds some lovely backup vocals, as does guitarist Mike Einziger. Einziger really gets his change to show off his guitar work though on "Sick Sad Little World" during an intrumental section of the song that lasts about two minutes as well as on various other tracks. The carnival-like music of "Zee Deveel" and the soft sounds of "Southern Girl" are further examples of the bands versitality as a whole. Jose Pasillas III, Incubus' drummer, sounds a rawer, unproduced, and natural, which surprised me, especially on the quick, choppy "Priceless." Barely-there DJ Kilmore adds to the atmosphere of the songs as he includes subtle sounds that occaisionally come to the forefront. A perfect example of this can be found on the album's first single "Megalomaniac." My only complaint is that longtime fans will recognize Incubus playing music similar to some of their older songs on a few tracks. It must be hard to keep coming up with new sounds, but it was annoying to me.

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