A Crow Left of the Murder...

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A Crow Left of the Murder...
Studio album by Incubus
Released February 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
Recorded October—November 2003 at Southern Tracks Recording, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Alternative rock,[1] art rock,[2] alternative metal,[3][4] funk rock
Length 58:35
Label Epic/Immortal
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Incubus chronology
Morning View
A Crow Left of the Murder...
Light Grenades
Singles from A Crow Left of the Murder...
  1. "Megalomaniac"
    Released: December 23, 2003
  2. "Talk Shows on Mute"
    Released: May 25, 2004
  3. "Agoraphobia"
    Released: 2004
  4. "Sick Sad Little World"
    Released: 2004

A Crow Left of the Murder... is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Incubus, released on February 3, 2004. The album marks the first appearance of bassist Ben Kenney, following the departure of founding member Alex Katunich.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The music of A Crow Left of the Murder... incorporates elements of art rock,[2] alternative metal,[3][4] jazz,[3] pop[1] and progressive rock.[3] The work of guitarist Mike Einziger takes equal prominence in focus to that of vocalist Brandon Boyd, in contrast to previous albums which focused more prominently on Boyd's vocalization.[5]

The word for a group of crows, or its collective noun, is a "murder". Therefore, the title of the album can be interpreted as rebellion.[clarification needed] The back cover of the album's liner notes show a murder of crows with one of their members flying to the left. This reference to rebellion against group obedience keeps with the main themes of the album. An example of this is shown by the music video for the single "Megalomaniac" which features caricatures of televangelists and politicians in the face of protest juxtaposed with images of Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin. "A Crow Left of the Murder", then, can be viewed as separation from the group mentality by a left-leaning individual, and that the group from which he is separating is associated with "murder."[citation needed]

Another explanation for the title could be an attempt by the band to distance themselves from what was going on in the music world at the time of its release. With the popularity of nu metal, which Incubus were often categorized as, but did not see themselves as being a part of, lyrics such as "even straight roads meander" hint to Incubus' ability to expand and evolve their musical direction with each new album.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[1]
Entertainment Weekly C-[7]
Mojo 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant 4/5 stars[5]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[11]

The singles from this album are "Megalomaniac" and "Talk Shows on Mute". "Agoraphobia" and "Sick Sad Little World" were also released as radio-only singles.

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 332,000 copies in its first week on the chart.[12] It has since gone on to sell 1.9 million copies and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[13]

Early pressings of the album list track 12 "Smile Lines" as "Suite Lines" on the back cover.

The Japanese pressing of the album came with a bonus track, "Monuments & Melodies" which is also available on the Alive at Red Rocks bonus CD.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Incubus

No. Title Length
1. "Megalomaniac"   4:54
2. "A Crow Left of the Murder"   3:30
3. "Agoraphobia"   3:52
4. "Talk Shows on Mute"   3:49
5. "Beware! Criminal"   3:48
6. "Sick Sad Little World"   6:23
7. "Pistola"   4:23
8. "Southern Girl"   3:41
9. "Priceless"   4:07
10. "Zee Deveel"   3:52
11. "Made for TV Movie"   3:38
12. "Smile Lines"   3:59
13. "Here in My Room"   4:20
14. "Leech"   4:19
Total length:

When bought at some retailers (including Best-Buy) a bonus live EP was bundled with the CD.

Bonus DVD
  1. "Lollapalooza" – 9:13
  2. "Bridge Benefit" – 8:41
  3. While We Were Out – 7:35
    • This is a documentary about the making of the album in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as some interview footage, and some footage of other things the band have gotten up to whilst they were out. It also introduces Ben Kenney, who recently joined as the bassist for the band.
  4. Brandon's Injury – 1:06
    • A short mock-umentary about how Brandon injured his ankle.
  5. Short Film – 6:31
    • Though not listed on the packaging, there is also a short film by Brendan Hearne, starring Mike Einziger.

A SACD edition has also been released, along with a Dualdisc edition as well.




Year Chart First Week Sales Position
2004 Billboard Top 200 332,000 2
UK Official Charts 298,000 6


Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Megalomaniac" Modern Rock Tracks 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
The Billboard Hot 100 55
"Talk Shows On Mute" Modern Rock Tracks 3
Mainstream Rock Tracks 18


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  2. ^ a b Grierson, Tim "Teaming again with O’Brien for 2006’s Light Grenades, Incubus opted for a more streamlined approach after the art-rock of A Crow Left of the Murder" Incubus Biography and Profile About.com
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  4. ^ a b Incubus Fail To Mature With Fifth Installment Michigan Daily - February 10, 2004. Retrieved March 7 2013.
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  6. ^ "CG: Incubus". Robert Christgau. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (February 13, 2004). "A Crow Left of the Murder Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "A Crow Left of the Murder... Review". Mojo. [dead link]
  9. ^ Cherry, Robert (February 11, 2004). "A Crow Left of the Murder...". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Gundersen, Edna (February 5, 2004). "Incubus, A Crow Left of the Murder". USA Today. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Heath, Chris (February 17, 2004). "Incubus - 'A Crow Left of the Murder...'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Todd Martens. "Chesney's 'Sun' Rises To Top The Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
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