Make Yourself is the third studio album by American rock band Incubus, released through Epic Records on October 26, 1999. It is certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and produced three charting singles—"Pardon Me", "Stellar", and "Drive"—all of which reached the top three of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, with the latter topping the chart and also becoming the band's sole top ten hit to date on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number nine. The album is the first to be recorded with new turntablist Chris Kilmore, who replaced DJ Lyfe.Wikipedia
I can think of a lot of albums more deserving of being on this list than Make Yourself. It's not that it's bad, necessarily. It's just not good. This album was tops for the whole nu-metal scene which I'm just not a fan of. Be metal. Don't be metal. Either is fine. This shake-and-fake, half-assed, sing-song nonsense is honestly kind of annoying to me. Every song sounds the same, the vocals are whiney and emo punctuated by repeated "daddy won't hug me" refrains. Not my jam.
An absolute nothing album. Embarrassing that it’s made this list and calls the selection criteria into question. The album itself is a mess, and a boring, tame, weak mess at that. Crap like this is why kids stopped listening to “metal”
Incubus is kinda like tasty junk food for me. I know its not really that good, but is still enjoy consuming it lol
Repetitive prog rock/nu metal has never been my idea of a good time, and combine that genre with this particular era of late 90s schlock rock, and you get Make Yourself. My only memory of Incubus was as the lame edgy band my middle school classmates would attach their personalities to for a few years. The lyrics are a hilarious attempt at nihilism and the production is so wrapped up in all the worst 90s tendencies, it hurts my head. Rating: 1.5/5
So - an incubus is a spirit that rapes women and I mean, yeah, that's pretty much the vibe I get from this music. This is AGGRESSIVELY 1999 soul patch rock and 100% not something you need to hear before you die. I don't know if I could dislike this more. Wait - the album cover. Okay yeah, I dislike it more now, so there's still room to grow. Oh! "I feel emphatic about not being static." Yes, there's much further to go. Down, straight down. Oh no - Battlestar Scralatchtica. FUCK. YOU.
Je vous invite à vous référer à la critique de mon compagnon d'écoute elmerguez concernant cet album. Celui-ci a en effet su trouver les mots justes, bien que très mal orthographiés.
I can only assume threats of physical violence against list authors is the explanation for this album's inclusion.
Felt like I was dipped in the Holy Waters of the 90s.
Ah yes that time in history with soul patches, ear lobe plugs, rock bands with DJs, that Justin Delong guy from the Mac vs. PC commercials, pretentiousness of rocking out in 7/8 time, and those generic MTV music videos which are either super deep or were just made up on the spot.
Pardon me while I admit that I could never stand that "water over wine"y dudes voice! But have to admit that some of the songs are ok.
Incubus was a reprieve from the stupid heavy/NuMetal bands of the late 90s and early 00s. They were heavy at times, but they also had a sense of melody. I listened to Fungus Amongus (I think that was the name), S.C.I.E.N.C.E, and this one. After this, the singer got pretty infatuated with himself shirtless. A friend remarked at the time "I'd like to staple a shirt to that guys fucking body." Indeed. But before Incubus were teenage girl and dorm room poster boys, they were a funky and heavy rock band that toured with 311. And this record was a sweet spot. But we're talking about a moment of relatively little musical consequence in the grand scheme of things. So, 2/5 is the best I can muster here. I was happy to find that revisiting this record, I still like "The Warmth" as much as I did in 1999.
Perfect soundtrack for playing Runescape. This was my favorite CD when I was 10
incubus sempre bão
This is peak 90's grungy rock fuckin yea.
Sorry. BRB. Just went to grade school/ high school. I’m in my tan van. Listening to this on a tape to CD player.
Never heard of them before. Almost every song sounds the same. ... And that's genius because I like everything on this album! The singer craftily merges his voice with the music so I have no idea what the songs are about - pure perfection. Even the part where the album is broken and spasms back and forth is melodic and deeply satisfying. Five stars from me, will definitely come back to this.
Un clàssic! Funk rock, nu-funk-metal. Gutarres top!
One of my all time favourite albums. Loved it when I was a teenager and still do now.
3rd day in & one of my favourite albums
The vocals, the instruments, and the perfectly balanced sound at this polished point of alt rock island vibes. I don't care what they say, Incubus never sold out.
One of my personal favorite record ever. This brings me back to the era of my life when music finally made sense and my love affair with music began. For all, those formative years of middle and high school mean so much when it comes to cementing what it means to be "good music" and I'm thankful for records like these to paint the the listing picture of my youth.
Always loved this album
Finalmente escutei o álbum de drive. Excelente sequência de nu-metal com melodia.
Great album, they really defined there sound a bit more and went into a more pop softer sound on a few songs which worked really well. A lot of things to to like. One of my favorite albums of that era and the The Warmth is still one of my fav songs.
One of my all Time favorites
Buen disco, aunque creo que hay otras de incubus que me gustan más. Pero 5
Lang said "I can see why late 90s, coming-of-age, angsty teens, who rejected the culture of the cools, would be in to this." His review was basically describing me. Incubus was my bridge between my 90s alternative roots and the emo of the early 2000s. I first got into Incubus with their preceding album, S.C.I.E.N.C.E, an often schizophrenic combination of heavy metal guitars, bass-driven funk, electronic/scratching, and Brandon Boyd's intense but also melodic voice was so interesting to me. Make Yourself is definitely more refined but still incorporates all those different styles. I take issue with the idea that at some point the angst should lift, I will never grow out of my enjoyment of screaming/singing along with Brandon Boyd.
I enjoyed Incubus when they first broke through with "Pardon Me" in 1999. As they followed that single with "Drive" and "Stellar," it was a refreshing light in a dark time. Yes, it was a dark time. The heydey of grunge was fading and Total Request Live was reshaping the music industry, resulting in a late 90s/early 00s hard rock landscape that was filled with Limp Bizkits and Kid Rocks. You think Incubus was angsty?? Incubus was mellow and tame for the times. For additional reference as to why Incubus stood far above their contemporaries, putting interesting spins on early 90s hard rock rather than learning all the wrong lessons like Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Creed did, look no further than the events of Woodstock '99 or the 2001 PBS Frontline documentary "Merchants of Cool." But does Incubus hold up today? For me, absolutely. While I prefer their calmer, more musically adept songs like those "Make Yourself" singles, their loud, crunchy, angrier stuff is great too. Brandon Boyd has a terrific range and is one of my favorite rock singers of the past 30 years, whether screaming or singing. Their post-fame follow-up to "Make Yourself," "Morning View," is even better, more mature, less screamy, less overdone crunchy guitars. They really refined their unique take on DJ-accented hard rock (and in a way that for me works far better than their rap-rock contemporaries). While "Morning View" is an easy 5, and "Make Yourself" takes longer to find its footing and then majorly stumbles with the misplaced "Battlestar Scratchalactica," we'll give this one a 5 too, on account of 3 great singles, a string of really good albums of which only this one made the 1001, improving the group's review average, and for being the anti-Limp Bizkit.
Incubus is my jam, so I'm biased. Stellar and Pardon Me are excellent. Drive is the major breakout hit. It has a polished radio sound, that is actually not what I think of when listening to incubus. I Miss You captures the band much better.
Great as always. The warmth / make yourself / drive pardon me . Brings back teenage years
Incredible. Just incredible. Every song, every aspect. Just loved it. Favorite track: Make Yourself
First Incubus album I owned, and probably still their best, even though I’m partial to S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
This is one of those records that comes out when you are the right age to hear it. It may not actually be a 5 star record. But listening to this on my CD walkman walking to and from my McJob at 20 puts this in a very special place for me.
I've heard this many times before, and it doesn't really get old. In fact, I get to notice little details. That being said, I was a little surprised this was on the list! Not that it's undeserving necessarily. Early Incubus is still great.
I've owned this album forever and only listened to bits and pieces of it. I came in with a mild bias, thanks to the jerks at Clear Channel, who only played singles from this record. It was nice to hear the likes of "Stellar", "Drive", and "Pardon Me" on my terms, but I can't say I really missed them. Weird sentence, but I can definitely get a heavier Chili Peppers vibe from this record. Lots of funk influences, mixed with some metal, and some "rapping", though I'll say Brandon Boyd has a better singing voice than Anthony Keidis (maybe). Favorite tracks: "Privilege", "Nowhere Fast", "Battlestar Scratchlactica"
Really brings me back, great album
Pivotal moment in alt rock into the 00’s. Drive is a classic
Natürlich kenne ich Incubus, namentlich durch Megalomaniac, aber ich weiß, dass ich noch einiges mehr wieder erkennen würde. Ich hab sie jedoch noch nie gezielt gehört und so kenne ich ihr erstes erfolgreiches Album gar nicht. Dabei klingt jedes Lied sehr vertraut. Würde mich nicht wundern, wenn man der Band vorwirft, nicht genug Abwechslung in ihre Songs zu bringen. Das Album erinnert mich sehr an Hoobastank, aber es liegen mir noch andere auf der Zunge. Obwohl ich ein Fan von Hoobastank bin, haut mich „Make Yourself“ nicht um. Vielleicht liegen mir deren Alben nur aus Nostalgie am Herzen. Es ist jedoch eine einfache Entscheidung mich in Zukunft näher mit Incubus auseinander zu setzen. „Drive“ kannte ich doch!
I was kinda surprised that this album was on the list, since Incubus doesn't get talked about much anymore and the late 90s/early 00s genre of rock that they belonged to isn't well regarded 20 years on. However, this is a really solid album. Incubus has a really interesting sound, and the lead singer's voice is incredible 4/5
DJ is superfluous, but apart from that it's a great album.
Tolerable, downright enjoyable at times. Captures the sound of the time. Pardon me and Drive are good songs, the rest are okay
Inferior to S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Morning View, but still holds up.
Good rock album. Would listen to again
This album is kind of a guilty pleasure... I'm sure it doesn't rank amongst the most critically acclaimed, but it gave me comfort through some really rough times. I didn't find it for a couple years after it came out and I was trying to finish out my thesis while limping forward a failing marriage - despite that I can still listen to this album and it feels like a warm blanket.
A fantastic mix of rock(hard rock and even some metal elements), electronic and funk. This I a great album and I enjoy their music alot. From the harder "privilafe" and "Nowhere fast" (kicking off the album) to the softer "consequence" and "drive" this album rocks. I love the 'scratching' mixed in with the rock and the amazing bass lines. The singing also provides a unique feel to all the songs.
Brought me back to my high school days 😊
This album is really good! I didn't realize I liked Incubus.
The perfect mixture of late 90's alt-rock & nü-metal. I should've paid more attention to this one when it came out, but I'll surely get back more to it now that I've rediscovered it!
J'ai beaucoup aimé l'album. Pas des tonnes de hits mais je l'ai trouvé agréable à écouter. Le fait que je n'ai pas de commentaires plus inspirées à faire à son égard me me porte à croire qu'il lui manque encore un petit quelque chose pour être un 5 étoiles. Mon hit: Drive
Album très novateur, le producteur de cet album vole le show en mariant les tables tournante, le drum pesant, la guitare légère et bonne enfant. J’imagine le posteur de l’album dans la chambre d’une petite sœur ou d’un grand frère tellement l’album est catchy et ratisse large. Je l’évite: Drive, toune pour faire pleurer des ados à leur première brosse Je lévite: les deux dernières tres pesantes et originales
Highlights: Stellar, Make Yourself, Drive, Pardon Me I get the impression that when Beck said "Two turntables and a Microphone" it confirmed Incubus' decision to bring on Chris Kilmore to work the gimmick into their nu metal schtick, and boom, 3 albums later it's one of the best metal albums of all time. Next up: Linkin Park.
Very smooth, but not mild.
I never got the love for this band until listening to this album
Tres bon album, part soft, et les tounes plus entrainantes toutes à la fin.
Alt rock is a gamble because you can end up getting lame mainstream butt-rock more times than not; This unironically rocks. There are some cheesy production choices that are very late 90's/early 2000's (turntables in a rock album?), but I ended up enjoying the overall product. Good riffs make a good album, who knew? WHATEVER TOMORROW BRINGS, I'LL, BE, THEEERRREEEE
Saved Prior: Drive Off Rip: Privilege, Nowhere Fast, Consequence Cutting Edge: The Warmth, Make Yourself, I Miss You Overall Notes: Actually liked this a lot. Nu-metal, or whatever this is, is a LOT more enjoyable than straight metal. I liked the tinges of hip-hop that were mixed throughout. Lost me towards the end where they got a lot more yell-y, but the first half of the album was really good.
A combination of metal and punk-rock music with strong and loud vocals. The track «Drive» is better than the whole album (only for this reason +1 star).
Solid metal with a guy that actually sings.
Hadn't heard of them before which I was surprised about because they seem really popular. Enjoyed it and thought there was some nice variation across the album so I didn't get bored listening.
What an interesting mix of genres. Metal, punk/grunge, I think, hip-hop... Surprising amount of hip-hop.
Drive makes this a 3.8!
I started out thinking I wasn’t going to enjoy this, but it really caught my attention. By the end I was really invested in the sound and power brought to the vocals and backing. A dope experience for sure.
-Generally cool nu-metal-punk-esque stuff -I like "Make Yourself" -Cool bass in "Out from Under"
4; Takes me back. Great album but not enough to make it a 5 on this list.
Je m'attendais à un album de musique electronique, quelle belle surprise que de retrouver du bon rock de crise d'adolescent. Voici mes conseils pour pleinement profiter de ce sympatique projet. 1. Accrochez des posters de vos groupes de rocks favoris aux murs de votre chambre 2. Descendez à la cuisine et dites à vos parents que vous voulez sortir ce soir avec des amis. 3. Un refus devrais s'en suivre, piquez une petite crise de colère en prennant osin de garder votre voix très aigüe. 4. Montez en trombe vers votre chambre, et enfermez-y vous. 5. Vous pouvez desormais lancer cet album de Incubus, bonne écoute.
I usually hate nu-metal, but this is really good and interesting album! I am surprised. The Best Songs are Drive and Warmth
This is cheesy as anything, but I have a certain amount of nostalgia for it from my late teens. I can imagine I'd be pretty nonplussed if I was hearing this for the first time... Fave track - "Drive", let's say...
mildly angsty 90s rock with extra record scratches to garnish. a nice moody simmer compared to The Offspring's rambunctiousness.
Real score closer to 3.75
I love this album and have a huge soft spot for this band and genuinely think they’re underrated among 90s/00s popular hard rock bands. That being said, I can’t justify giving it 5 stars, but it’s a strong 4 from me. I put two songs from this album in a lyric diary project in 12th grade 😂
Never really listened to this band before, but this was super cool
by turns punky and funky
Siempre consideré a Incubus como rock alternativo y me sorprendió ver que este disco también los pone como nu metal. No se me hacen tan pesados como para serlo pero sí comparten muchos elementos del sonido de la época. Me gustó bastante, más de lo que esperaba aunque realmente no me atrapó ni me hizo querer conocer más de la banda. Me hubiera gustado que me hubiera gustado más Battlestar Scralatchtica. Por otro lado, Stellar y Drive son grandes canciones y general el disco me gusta mucho como suena. Aunque no es mi banda favorita disfruto su sonido aunque tampoco me dan ganas de conocer más de lo que ya conozco. Songs: Stellar, Drive, Pardon Me
I've long loved this album! And was infatuated with the brown eyed dream boat that is Brandon Boyd for a minute! Always loved that red tattoo on his arm. Sometime near this album's release I won Incubus concert tickets from the radio. A friend & I drove a couple hrs to the show in my dad's hooptie grand marquis getting high af. They were nose bleed seats but it was fucking awesome. A MAJOR AWARD after all. GOOD TIMES INCUBUS!
I'd only heard a couple of songs previously, but it turns out that this album is like a direct pipeline to the turn of the millennium. When the combination of rock with turntablism was thrillingly new and Incubus thoughtfully enough delivered it via a lead singer who didn't seem fussed about keeping his shirt on. Make Yourself holds up as a good album, except for that freeform groove number which can get in the sea.
I am not familiar with the INCUBUS, but aware of the band’s existence. What little I have heard from them does not impress me, but I am familiar with some nu-metal bands so it could be an interesting listening. After listening to MAKE YOURSELF, my first impression is my usual first reaction … I was not impressed and that was to be expected. Musically and vocally, the band sounds typical to me. This type of music, Nu-metal, does not have staying power and is not catchy or different enough for me to enjoy. Usually, I give an album about three more listens to see if musically or vocally something might grow on me. I decided to give the album another listen and concentrate on the lyrics. While the lyrics are not deep, but when the vocals and lyrics are clear and in sync the songs work well and elevate my initial impression of the songs. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, MAKE YOURSELF is their one and only entry. Rate Artist: INCUBUS (4.0) Rate Album (Year): MAKE YOURSELF (1999 Original) (4.0)
Incubus is the culmination of all the 90s scenes and sounds. These musos sure knew their sound and how to make them all. The attack distortion guitar mellowed by the beefy octaved bass, the flawless mic position on the little splash symbols, the way the nasal and palate driven voice never sounds strained or as loud as it could be. Music by numbers really.
This is actually pretty good. Couple pretty popular songs on there but overall a really good listen. 8/10.
I'm glad Incubus is on this list. While I'm not a huge fan of the rock-band-with-a-DJ genre, I always thought Incubus got unfairly shoved in the shadows a bit. Compared to their counterparts (Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, CrazyTown, etc.) - they are, objectively - more talented and just better. They have a better vocalist with a more distinct sound, better musicians, and the lyrics are more thoughtful and poetic than, say "break somebody's face tonight" (Bizkit, L.).
Kova. Drive usein ollu ennestään soitossa yksittäisenä biisinä, mut sehän oliki peräisin hienolta kokonaisuudelta
One of my go-to's in high school. Re-listening now, I remember there are a handful of songs I don't like as much, but overall it still holds up for me. "Make Yourself" really hit me pretty hard this time around.
Incubus gets a bad rep but they’re kinda sick with it. PARDON ME WHILE I BUUUUUUUURST INTOOOOOOOOOOOOO FLAMES. Come on thats just fun
Great mix of heavier rock, light acoustic and even a groovy jam. Loved incorporating the turntables scratching. Favorite songs - Battlestar Scralactchtica, Drive, Pardon Me
Fantastic Album! Most of my favorite incubus songs are on this one including Drive, I Miss You, and Pardon Me but every single song felt unique in it's own right. While I didn't love every song, I could listen to this album start to finish with no complaints. I can't believe we even got this album on this list so just that gives me hope for future albums!
Surprised to really like this. The first impression was that it's just the usual metal thrashings, but it turns out to be s distinctive cut above. Good stuff.
Pretty fun and funky. Hard to characterize, like the band, but solidly entertaining. Plus Battlestar Scralatchtica is absurdly good entertainment.
Pretty good! I was a fan 💕
Incubus is a guilty pleasure. I prefer Morning View, but like this album quite a bit. To me it was a new, unique sound. Whether they were nu metal or whatever isn’t important, and sometimes categorization can be a silly exercise. At least at the time it was something different and interesting. Also… Battlestar Scralatchtica 😄
Second to only RHCP in the genre, Incubus blends funk rock with the rising nu-metal scene, noted for its unique vocalist and use of turntables. I've listened to a few albums, and I find this to be their most original and notable release. It's coherent, distinctive, and full of bangers, including 2 of the most recognizable rock tracks of the period. Lyrics poetic with nice flow, vibing well with the funk instrumental. Also a fan of the heavy and fast grungy guitars. Few duds, good length, maybe a little too reliant on the formula. A fantastic breakthrough into the mainstream and one that I revisit every now and again. Favorites: Nowhere Fast, The Warmth, When It Comes, Drive, Pardon Me
took me back to the 90's. good times.
Good. Knew a couple of these songs already.
Good solid fun rock.
When I hear late '90s rock I sometimes wonder of there was just one drummer doing all these tracks. There is little originality except for The Warmth which piqued my curiosity. It has some great sounds and some interesting rhythmical variations. Drive isn't representative of their sound but that's no bad thing because it is a great piece of laidback pop with great harmonies on the chorus. Clean is great! That build up in the intro and the dirty bass in the verses are worth the price of admission. I wonder if they've released a remix with no scratching. I've yet to hear anything by anybody that is improved by scratching. Just grab a percussion instrument, any one, and it'll do better. Brandon Boyd has a great voice, bringing more musicality and a level of sweetness to these songs.
It's an interesting album because even if it is an alt rock album, it combines some artificial and electronic sound to make a kinda rap part in the album. The only problem is the duration, it can get boring at some point because even if it's rock it has some peace in the sound.
Entertaining mix of funk, alternative and rock. Literally enough of everything to make it interesting and diverse but not too much to make it not as accesible
This album is full of highs and lows, as Incubus not only achieved their biggest radio hit single, but also had several middling tracks. This album though does show the musicianship and ability that this group can offer, even when the output is inconsistent.
Not that bad, I was right.
Honestly had no strong feelings about this. Three track run from “Drive” to “Battlestar” rocks tho.
On first listen, this was a 2. But I gave it another spin, and realized that it had some quality tunes, just not in a genre that I usually love. The title track was especially good to these ears.
Honestly it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. Still not sure why it’s on here though. Kinda feels like a Soundgarden, sounds like it might even have influenced bands like Linkin Park(?). Pretty groovy bass and drums. Part of me just hears it and feels a little cringey though (Make Yourself has some CRINGE). Am I gonna come back to this ever? Probably not. Pretty mild, middle of the road.
It was okay, again very much representation of the time.
Sounds like what Jesse Pinkman would listen to. But it’s varied enough to stay interesting at some points
I may be a little biased here, but an ex of mine loved incubus and needless to say... I’m not a big fan. That being said listening to the album feels like an incubus album and most of the songs felt very similar.
Definitely emblematic of where rock music was in '99, but maybe not what I'd pick from that era in such a tight list. More specifically, why "Make Yourself" and not "Hybrid Theory"? Similar nu-metal and hip-hop influences, but the latter is probably more indicative of music to come and overall more influential.
Mildly ashamed by how much I liked this.
Juste pour m'avoir rappelé l'existence de "Drive", ça a valu la peine ahaha! J'ai beaucoup trop écouté cette chanson jadis naguère!
Not as bad as I thought it would be
Drive and the backhalf really saved this album. Otherwise mostly 2000s nostalgia.
Never understood the praise around this album. A couple of good tracks: Drive, The Warmth... and the rest of it it is just plain random generic millennial rock...
No es mi estilo pero no está mal
More of a 2.5 than a 3. I don't think at any point I was particularly bored or wanting to not listen to this, but there were also almost no parts that stuck out to me. So it's a perfectly average, fine album to me.
I had this album in college. I never really got into it.
I do like a lot of tracks from Incubus. As a whole album it's pretty hit and miss, but still some good moments on this one. Drive is a classic
Accessible hard rock with record scratching. Nothing too abrasive.
Really 3.5 but that isn’t an option. Better than 6/10 but not as good as 8/10. If I consider music in 1999, this is decent rock. Some intergalactic ditties. Some songs are probably only good because they have nostalgic reminders of my high school years.
The sort of music this band makes isn't what I'm usually into, but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it. It wasn't amazing, but definitely good. 3/5 stars.
An alright album with some good songs. Not exactly my cup of tea but not bad either. Highlighted songs: Pardon Me, Battlestar Scralatchtica
Nostalgic but I don't know that it will age well.
Rather flat and commercial pop-rock
Knew some of this album. I enjoyed some songs but not others!
Not a massive fan of the 90s nu metal situation but there's some undeniably fat riffs
A few classics on here (Pardon Me the big Stand out) and I like the album as a whole, but some songs are a bit filler-ish/ I don't really like. It's no Morning View, that's for sure, but they are on their way. Incredible Band.
Not a bad time. Some solid songs, but it's been 2 days and I'm forgetting most of the experience already.
Again not a genre I am very familiar with,but I generally enjoyed this album. It has a nice funky side that drew me in. The rhythm section is strong and pushes the music forward. Songs of note.... The Warmth is a cool song with a warm, subtle beat perhaps my favorite on the album Make Yourself also good Drive is also good and the first that I recognize. This was a hit. Battlestar Scralatchtika..a nice funky instrumental tune. An enjoyable listen with at least 4 songs that were noteworthy 3.5 🌟
Not bad, almost reminding me of Faith No More at times, but just a bit over-produced for my liking.
Very ordinary 90s style toothless rock/metal. Generally, I like this kind of music but this felt a lot like trying to cash in on a trend and not much originality.
Top Picks: Clean & Battlestar Scralatchtica Was a fan of Drive already, so I was excited to hear the rest of the album. Not bad, kinda reminds me of Blood Sugar Sex Magic, but not as many catchy tunes and maybe a bit too nu-metal for my taste.
Not a fan of incubus, not for me
Diese 90er waren keine Songwriter Wunderkerzen, eher so Technik Feuerwerk. Fettere Verstärker, immense Bandbreite bei Effektgeräten und die Mode der Fusion von Genres und Techniken: Crossover. Dadurch wirkt das Werk verspielt und vielfach experimentell, was an Experimenten hervor zu holen war (Einsatz vom scratchen bei Rockmusik) vor allem wirkt es bis auf wenige Lichtblicke datiert und selten zeitlos schön. Dennoch 2.5
The bass work is really wild. They have a great sense for song dynamics on Nowhere Fast. The album gets kind of same-y in the middle. Drive gives a breath of free air to this album. Battlestar is way out of place.
Lo recordaba mejor y tenía más altas expectativas, pero ya al oírlo no me gustó tanto. Siento que es un gran gran predecesor de cosas muy buenas que vinieron después pero por sí mismo tiene detalles que no me gustan: el scratcheo metido por todos lados, la onda de quererse ver "oscuros" pero tener algo de Raggae, y el efecto de guitarra que es el mismo en todas las rolas. En fin, creo que es un mejor recuerdo de haberlo oído en Radio ITAM, de lo que es escucharlo ahora.
Ok. Not my style of music but nice enough to listen to. Might put it on in the background again 6/10
This is fine, but not as fine as I remember
Not really into incubus, decent album though. Couple of nice songs but also some really meandering ones.
I could dig a couple songs I guess. 5/10
5/10. It was an interesting mix of genres, but didn't really come together into anything too exciting except for Drive.
5/10. Had some moments that I enjoyed, but this kind of music just has not aged very well
Incubus are a band beloved by my peers but I've always kept at arm's length. With 'Make Yourself', I can see both why people like them, but also feel fully justified in giving 'em the swerve. Funky, hip-hop influenced, vaguely nu-metal - they certainly have their own niche. I like some of their chewy riffs, and for 1999 - the land that good guitar tones forgot - they get some lovely noises out of their instruments. But for all their slippery rhythms and undoubted skill, they're missing the x factor, the thing that allows them to kick free from terra firma and fly. They play it all a little safe, no? Lack of competence can be forgiven (can be a bonus sometimes); lack of ambition cannot.
Feel like I ran into this album at the wrong age. I would have loved this as a teenager. As it is, fun but would probably only revisit a track or two. Definitely reads to me, for whatever reason, that this album influenced a lot of pop punk sound, like Fall Out Boy. But who's to say for sure? Fave track: Battlestar Scratchlatchtica. Whimsical, creative, and fun.
I like the funk that incubus brings in later work and you can see it start to develop on this album. The DJ they added for this is fantastic as well.
I was apprehensive going into this one...but it was alright
Late 90's nu-metallers make clean, crunchy record. Distorted guitars that your mum would find acceptable, scratching, smooth vocals. It's almost Yacht Rawk. Lots of teenagers sitting in their bedrooms feeling hard done by listened to this. Best Tracks: Privilege; When It Comes; Drive
Could very much have done without the scratching but overall this had a nice nostalgic sound that I enjoyed
Heerlijk edgy album
Takes me back to my teenager years. Never listened to incubus before, but younger me would have liked this. Not an must listen album, but it’s okay. Favourite songs: - Drive - Pardon me
Weird choice. This is a band and album that I'm intimately familiar with, having long since grown out of them. The entry on the list calls this nu-metal's "finest hour," a statement patently absurd in a world where System of a Down and Deftones exist - the latter of whom are conspicuously absent from the list. Maybe don't posture yourselves to be experts on something if you speak from a place of ignorance? Anyway. Incubus are barely nu-metal. They began as more of a watered down Mr. Bungle, sacrificing the majority of its weirdness in favor of accessibility. They quickly began to morph into a 311-ish beach hippie baja hoodie sound. It's hippie music with distortion, but it lacks any real depth. All of its ponderings and naval gazings are just lay-in-the-grass far-outisms. It has a certain amount of charm that mostly comes from its calmer moments that can evoke a sort bittersweet yearning. That capture that emotional vibe very well. But the rest of the album feels utterly unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Once you've heard Tub Ring's Drake Equation, there's no real need to listen to Incubus - outside of maybe Wish You Were Here, which is the song (not on this album) that distills that yearning vibe that I described above down to its essence and removes all the whiteboy dreadlock frills that fill out the rest of this band. The Warmth plays a similar role on this album, but the cheesy turntables (and boy are the turntables in Incubus cheesy) overall really lower the quality of the song. I'm not 16 anymore. I'm now (painfully) aware of how shallow most of the music I listened to when I was 16 is. The authors of the list should as well. The drummer's pretty good though.
Varsin hyvä levy. Hittibiisit oli entuudestaan tuttuja ja kokonaisuutena viihdyttävä kokemus. Pitänee jossain vaiheessa perehtyä orkesterin tuotantoon syvemminkin. Ihan ei kuitenkaan neloseen yllä.
Pretty standard stuff for a late 90's alt-rock release. Has some good moments, not much else.
Eind jaren '90 vond ik dit fantastisch! Heel vaak geluisterd. Maar nu klinkt het toch wel behoorlijk achterhaald en zelfs wat pathetisch. For old times sake toch leuk om weer eens gehoord te hebben.
Niet echt blown away, maar wel erg goed gedaan.
Mm, best wel poppy. Prima op de achtergrond maar het album hoeft bij mij niet in de kast te staan.
Incubus is slightly tolerable butt-rock. Definitely a time and a place thing, and that place was early 2000s in high school for me. It's rock that is "there". I suppose musically it's fine but vocally it's pure butt.
Not great but not bad either. Sounds like a hundred other bands
When I went into this record I didn't have high hopes. I was expecting another Korn. However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. Suffice to say it’s miles better than the afforementioned record. I still don't really get the whole metal/rock-without-solos thing. Why cut out the best bits? Nevertheless the drumming on this album was surprisingly good, which gave the songs a big boost. Nevertheless I agree with other reviewers that this record could do with being about 7 or 8 minutes shorter. Favourite tracks - ,nowhere fast’ for its drumming and ‘battleschratch galactica’ for being a pleasant and jazzy surprise. I don’t really get the hype over tracks like ‘stellar’ and ‘drive’ they seem a little too family-friendly-radio-at-8:15 for me, and I found the solo on the latter track underwhelming. That said, most of the songs here are pretty simple. This, to me, is an example of a very good three star record, but not quite 3.5 stars.
I looked up it was nu metal but other than that I have no clue here… Privilege is a good enough song I like the guitars quite a bit, the singing on the verses sounds a bit off but it’s still good. I like the start to Nowhere fast and then the crashing guitars that take over I’am not a fan of the verses but the chorus is good. I like consequence the most at the moment but there’s this subtle bit of turntable scratching which is annoying but it makes sense for a nu metal band. I felt consequence flowed well into the warmth ( cause they sound so similar) a good song theres a bit of guitar which was at the end of the intro that doesn’t really get built on instead of on the chorus which I think still needs to explode a bit more to be great. When it comes is good most of the criticism from the warmth applies here but I like the chorus much more. Stellar is a good song it sounds a lot like the other songs but the applications some of the best . Make yourself really sticks out I enjoy this one especially the bridge. Drive is a really good acoustic song but I would’ve placed it earlier on in the album to show this bands range more. Clean has a great intro slowly building itself up only to collapse into the verses this one goes back to that same sound but it’s better just cause of the intro. Battlestar scralatichtica is a rather dull instrumental to be honest it doesn’t really work. I don’t mind I miss you it’s just a slower version of what we had already. I think pardon me and I miss you should be swapped around but it’s a better song than I miss you so it doesn’t matter. Honestly I liked it but the songs kinda formed a mush as they are all too sonically similar especially on the first half, the vocals also feel too autotune but it’s better than pretty much any pop punk group.
WHATEVER TOMORROWWWW BRINGS, I'LL BE THEREEEEE, WITH OPEN ARMS AND OPEN EYES, YEAHHHH. Not sure what else to say, this is a really good new-age-ish rock album. Some solid songs, then "Drive" comes on and it's all over. Cool to hear the album behind the hit! Favorite tracks: Drive, Battlestar Scralatchtica, Make Yourself, The Warmth. Album art: Very cool, very digital, very '90s. Not sure what I'm looking at but I love it. 3.5/5
Good tunes here!! Enjoyed!!
Mostly just generic alternative or grunge rock.
Not a bad list
It's kind of high-schooley but I liked a couple of tracks: Stellar, Nowhere Fast, and Make Yourself.
Crisp Failth no More/Placebo esque rock.
Such a nostalgic album for me. I think it's aged a lot better than many of their nu metal peers. I love how they integrated funk in a really fresh way.
Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, but i wasn't expecting much at all having not been a fan before. I could see playing it again, if I was in the right mood.
2.5/5. Only enjoyable song on this album is Drive, and everything else sounds like generic alt rock noise.
Metal-rock alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.
hoobastank mais des fois y a un peu de djumbé
Ça m'en touche une sans faire bouger l'autre
Quite liked this. Is it nu-metal ? Strong vocals. Clean riffs. Bright production. I'd like to see more of the electronica in the mix. The turntablism seems a bit peripheral. No real killer tunes. 3
I enjoyed these songs when they were on the radio in the late 90s. Did I think this album was mind-blowing or historically important? Nah. Fun? Sure.
Reminds me of early YouTube tutorials where some kid would write in the Windows XP notepad on how to get infinite gold in Runescape or something, while blasting a song like this in the background. I have to admit that I thought the more popular songs from this album were sort of unbearable. "Drive" especially. What an insanely boring tune - already seemed overplayed and I've never heard it before in my entire life. The more obscure songs with less Spotify streams were my jam though - "When It Comes" and "Battlestar Scralatchtica" especially.
Tool without the complexity
Alternative metal, 1999. Just a normal record with simple ideas developed quite well during this project. The album also has one big hit "Drive" which increased the commercial success of the band.
Coming across this album, I had low expectations. Turns out I was plenty surprised by how consistent the band were throughout. It's not the greatest album in the world but Incubus did good with what they had to offer. Never judge a book by its cover, I guess! Favorites: Privilege, Nowhere Fast, Consequence, The Warmth, Make Yourself, Drive, I Miss You.
Liked this, but this is definitely not an ALBUM I HAD TO LISTEN TO BEFORE I DIED.
Betra en mig minnti.
First time I’ve listened to them with intention.
3.3 - A solid backing band and a good singer that unfortunately made some regrettable stylistic decisions. First, the DJ doesn’t contribute enough beyond a few nanoseconds of scratching here and there. Every time I hear a stray sample or a scratch I wonder why they keep this person on payroll and whether he gets his own bed on the tour bus. Second, while the guitar work is technically proficient, the effects sound repetitive. It’s like hearing someone at a Guitar Center testing out the same few pedals (e.g phaser) again and again. Third, the lyrics remind me of a 17 year old who just returned from his first backpacking trip abroad and is stoked to share all of his newfound wisdom with the world. So many bold proclamations! (“experience the warmth before you grow old!”, “if you really want to live, why not make yourself”…). Fourth, by far their biggest hit off this is “Drive”, which rivals “Fly” by Sugar Ray as the song you’re most likely to hear at a dentist’s office.
There is metal I have really enjoyed, this isn't really that... but I don't really dislike it 51/112
I remember when the singles from this were pretty popular. I never really cared for Incubus at the time; however, today I found myself glad when those familiar songs came on. Given that I like the singles, perhaps if I exposed myself to this album a few times, it would grow on me. I'm not really interested in doing that, so this album lands as a solid 3.5 for me.
This rock music is so boring and completely lacks personality. I love the vocalist and feel the band could succeed with him more being a pop punk band.
I'm not the biggest Incubus fan, although I probably should be
Has some quirks but overall it’s just another dull nu-metal album!
The Warmth is an early high point, and I was surprised how tolerable I found individual songs after my visceral reaction to RHCP. The inclusion of hip-hop scratches comes across as tacky as anything. Stylistically, this just isn't for me: I want something consciously noisier, or at least with the space post-punk tends to have.
Not really my cup of tea, but some interesting moments.
This didn't age well. Its hard to put my finger on why I can't get into this - maybe its too earnest from a time when fake earnesty was the style? Maybe its that the cover looks so 90s snowboard culture. Maybe its that they just sound like they're trying to hard to be offbeat.
Not my thing. Still can't stand "Drive"
I enjoy Drive but I never found this band particularly interesting back when it was popular and even now