8 (Incubus album)

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8
Incubus 8 Artwork.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 21, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
Genre
Length40:12
LabelIsland
Producer
Incubus chronology
Trust Fall (Side A)
(2015)
8
(2017)
Singles from 8
  1. "Nimble Bastard"
    Released: February 16, 2017
  2. "Loneliest"
    Released: December 12, 2017
  3. "No Fun"
    Released: January 31, 2018

8 is the eighth studio album by American rock band Incubus.[1] It was released on April 21, 2017, through Island Records.[2] The album takes its name from being the band's eighth LP. The release of 8 in 2017 saw the longest time between full-length albums for Incubus. The album was previously produced by Dave Sardy, and later re-produced and mixed by Skrillex, a close friend of the band.[3] The album's first single, "Nimble Bastard", peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in April 2017.[4]

Background[edit]

The writing for 8 began at the end of 2015, when the band was putting together Side B of their Trust Fall EP. However, with the amount of quality content they were producing, they decided to release an LP instead.[5] Recording took place throughout 2016 and 2017, with production and remixing occurring throughout the cycle, including a few weeks before the final release. This was due to Skrillex's late involvement with the project.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic45/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubC[8]
Consequence of SoundC[9]
The Guardian2/5 stars[10]
NewsdayB+[11]
Sputnikmusic0.5/5 stars[12]

8 received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 45 based on 7 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[6]

Many listeners praised the band's return to rock with tracks like "Throw Out the Map" and "No Fun", the overall quality of production, as well as Brandon Boyd's vocal range,[7] while others criticized the lack of personality within the album.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

8 debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, moving 52,000 album-equivalent units; it sold 49,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album's streaming activity and track sales.[13] In the second week, the album dropped at No.127, but re-surfaced within the top 100 at No.53 in the third week.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Incubus.

No.TitleLength
1."No Fun"3.21
2."Nimble Bastard"3:39
3."State of the Art"3:46
4."Glitterbomb"4:45
5."Undefeated"3:56
6."Loneliest"3:37
7."When I Became a Man"0:56
8."Familiar Faces"3:26
9."Love in a Time of Surveillance"4:55
10."Make No Sound in the Digital Forest (instrumental)"3:23
11."Throw Out the Map"4:28
Total length:40:12

Personnel[edit]

Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are:[14]

Incubus[edit]

  • Brandon Boyd – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, melodies, percussion, additional production (tracks 1, 3, 6-8, 10), art direction
  • Michael Einziger – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals, string orchestration and arrangements, conducting, additional production (tracks 1, 3, 6-8, 10), additional engineering
  • Jose Pasillas II – drums
  • Chris Kilmore – piano, keyboards, mellotron, organ, turntables
  • Ben Kenney – bass, backing vocals

Recording[edit]

  • Dave Sardy – production (uncredited)
  • Skrillex – co-production (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7), additional production (11), mixing (1-6, 8-9, 11)
  • James Monti – engineer
  • Cameron Barton – assistant engineer
  • Matt Tuggle – 2nd engineer
  • Bryan Dimaio – 3rd engineer
  • Gabe Sackier – additional engineering
  • Todd Hurtt – additional engineering
  • Gentry Studer – mastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Brantley Gutierrez – art direction, band photography
  • Alberto Erazo – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 20
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 100
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 66
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 15
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20] 97
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 20
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 44
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[23] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 43
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 40
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 35
US Billboard 200[13] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide April 21, 2017 Island [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Incubus Premiere New Song "Glitterbomb", Detail New Album "8"". March 16, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Incubus Release '8' Album Details + New Song 'Glitterbomb". Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Incubus on Creative 'Recharging,' Skrillex Team-Up, 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E.' at 20".
  4. ^ "Incubus - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mike Einziger on 26 Years of Incubus and How '8' Reenergized the Band".
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for 8 by Incubus". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "8 - Incubus".
  8. ^ a b "Charly Bliss, The Black Angels, Incubus, and more in this week's music reviews".
  9. ^ Weiss, Dan (April 17, 2017). "Incubus – 8". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (April 20, 2017). "Incubus: 8 review – middling return by the gentlest of the nu-metallers". The Guardian. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "'8' review: Incubus ends hiatus with its most focused album".
  12. ^ "Review: Incubus 8".
  13. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (April 30, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Incubus & 'Guardians 2' Debut in Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  14. ^ 8 (booklet). Island Records. 2017.
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Incubus – 8". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Incubus – 8" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Incubus – 8" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Incubus – 8" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "On The Charts: May 1, 2017". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Incubus – 8" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  21. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Incubus – 8" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  22. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 17 (dal 2017-04-21 al 2017-04-27)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 1, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Albumes — Semana 17: del 21.04.2017 al 27.04.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Incubus – 8". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  28. ^ "Incubus 8 - Amazon.com". Amazon.com.