Review: 8 by Incubus

8 by IncubusIncubus is one of those bands that people remember more for their older stuff than their newer ones, so much so that any new release would inevitably be compared unfavorably. I hate it to put it that way, but that’s just how it is. Their more recent releases have failed to spark the imagination – If Not Now, When?, their last full-length, had good intentions but just felt blah – so, six years later, here comes 8. I’m not sure if there’s a mission statement to this record, although it’s not a prerequisite, but it sounds like a bid to return to songs of wide appeal. I’m afraid the ship has sailed. The album is serviceable, but I am hard pressed to find noteworthy moments to it. It’s competent, but it’s not really memorable. It’s the band going through the motions. It’s like a series of the band’s mediocre songs – not downright terrible, but not very strong either – clumped together under a similarly unimaginative album name. That’s it. 8 lacks imagination. Perhaps it’s their early days shadowing over it, like on all their more recent work, but I feel like I wasted my time. [NB]2/5

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