CMA Awards 2018

Incubus, "Adolescents"

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Psychedelic guitar effects, larger-than-life percussion, dense song structures and vocal phrases stretched to emotive catharsis all mean one thing: Incubus has officially returned. While it's been five years since the California alt-rock pioneers' last full-length, the full-blooded swirl of "Adolescents" feels more like comfort food than nostalgia. Since its heady 2003 masterstroke, "A Crow Left of the Murder," Incubus has been combining sharp-as-nails hooks with expansive arrangements, as well as touching on everything from prog to funk. To that end, "Adolescents" is a terrific welcome-back party, refining all of the group's best quirks into an easy-to-digest five-minute package. "We're out of sight/ Out of mind," vocalist Brandon Boyd sings during the explosive chorus. With "Adolescents," the first single from forthcoming album "If Not Now, When?," Boyd speaks the truth.