S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

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S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Studio album by Incubus
Released September 9, 1997
Recorded May - June 1997 at 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, California
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal, rap metal
Length 55:52
Label Epic/Immortal
Producer Jim Wirt
Incubus chronology
Fungus Amongus
(1995)
S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
(1997)
Make Yourself
(1999)
Singles from S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
  1. "A Certain Shade of Green"
    Released: September 9, 1997
  2. "New Skin"
    Released: September 20, 1998

S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is the second album by American rock band Incubus, released on September 9, 1997 by Epic Records. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It has been mentioned by various band members that the acronym S.C.I.E.N.C.E. stands for Sailing Catamarans Is Every Nautical Captain's Ecstasy. "Sometimes we just sit around and come up with these for laughs. In other words, there's not just one meaning, it's just food for thought," singer Brandon Boyd says.[1] This is the last Incubus album to feature DJ Lyfe.

Music[edit]

S.C.I.E.N.C.E. draws influence from diverse genres, including heavy metal,[2][3] electro,[4] funk,[2][3] jazz,[3][4] hip hop[2] and techno.[2] According to Rolling Stone writer Rob Kemp, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. "links funk metal to the rap metal".[5] "Magic Medicine" incorporates elements of trip hop, sampling a recorded reading of a children's book.[6] The song "Vitamin" appears in the film Final Destination 2. Also, the song "José Loves Kate Moss, Part 1" is an instrumental hidden track at the end of "Calgone".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
Drop-D Magazine (favorable)[6]
Martin Charles Strong 6/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[9]

Critics praised the album's diversity of styles. Pitchfork Media wrote that Incubus "successfully combines all sorts of [music genres] without sounding like a mess".[4] Allmusic reviewer David Thomas wrote that "The numerous styles on the album don't always blend perfectly, but they create a solid sound that defines the band. Incubus also manages to make their songs upbeat and danceable as well as tunes to headbang to. An admirable feat in a genre that tends to reward decibel levels instead of quality."[7] Drop-D Magazine reviewer Darren Kerr praised the album for its originality.[6] In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Kemp gave the album two out of five stars.[5] In The Great Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the album six out of ten stars.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Incubus. 

No. Title Length
1. "Redefine"   3:22
2. "Vitamin"   3:13
3. "New Skin"   3:51
4. "Idiot Box"   4:07
5. "Glass"   3:37
6. "Magic Medicine"   3:03
7. "A Certain Shade of Green"   3:11
8. "Favorite Things"   3:11
9. "Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)"   4:26
10. "Nebula"   3:50
11. "Deep Inside"   3:55
12. "Calgone"   16:05
Total length:
55:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] OzzFest '98 - Interviews - Incubus
  2. ^ a b c d Friedlander, Paul (2006). "We Should Be Together". Rock & roll: A Social History. Basic Books. p. 305. ISBN 0-8133-4306-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Sullivan, Kate (November 2001). "The Accidental Sex Symbol". Spin 17 (11): 78. 
  4. ^ a b c d Wisdom, James. "Incubus: S.C.I.E.N.C.E.: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 5 February 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Kemp, Rob (2004). "Incubus". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon and Schuste. p. 403. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ a b c Kerr, Darren (April 11, 1998). "Review of S.C.I.E.N.C.E.". Drop-D Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b Thomas, David. "Review of S.C.I.E.N.C.E.". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2004). "Incubus". The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate. p. 731. ISBN 1-84195-615-5. 
  9. ^ DesolationRow. S.C.I.E.N.C.E review Sputnikmusic 2005-07-01. Retrieved on 2005-07-01.