A Crow Left of the Murder...

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A Crow Left of the Murder...
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Studio album by Incubus
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
RecordedOctober—November 2003 at Southern Tracks Recording, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre
Length58:35
LabelEpic/Immortal
ProducerBrendan O'Brien
Incubus chronology
Morning View
(2001)
A Crow Left of the Murder...
(2004)
Light Grenades
(2006)
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,[4][3] jazz,[4] pop[1] and progressive rock.[4] 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 singles from this album are "Megalomaniac" and "Talk Shows on Mute". "Agoraphobia" and "Sick Sad Little World" were also released as radio-only singles. 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Blender3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[8]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[9]
Mojo3/5 stars[10]
Q3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[5]
SpinC+[13]
USA Today3/4 stars[14]

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 332,000 copies in its first week on the chart.[15] It has since gone on to sell 1.9 million copies and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Incubus.

No.TitleLength
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:58:35

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 documentary is 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
    • Although 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.

Personnel[edit]

Band
Production

Charting[edit]

Album

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

Singles

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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kiener, Dan (February 6, 2004). "Incubus - A Crow Left of the Murder..." Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  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
  3. ^ a b Incubus Fail To Mature With Fifth Installment Michigan Daily - February 10, 2004. Retrieved March 7 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "A Crow Left of the Murder... – Incubus". AllMusic. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Shetler, Scott (March 24, 2004). "Incubus: A Crow Left of the Murder...". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Reviews for A Crow Left of the Murder by Incubus". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Catucci, Nick (March 2004). "Incubus: A Crow Left of the Murder". Blender (16): 120. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Browne, David (February 13, 2004). "A Crow Left of the Murder". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Cromelin, Richard (February 1, 2004). "Incubus turns up power". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Incubus: A Crow Left of the Murder". Mojo (123): 94. February 2004. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Incubus: A Crow Left of the Murder". Q (214): 104. May 2004.
  12. ^ Cherry, Robert (February 11, 2004). "A Crow Left of the Murder...". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Ganz, Caryn (March 2004). "Incubus: A Crow Left of the Murder...". Spin. 20 (3): 95–97. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  14. ^ Gundersen, Edna (February 5, 2004). "Twista resonates, Connick impersonates". USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "American certifications – Incubus – A Crow Left of the Murder". Recording Industry Association of America.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Incubus – A Crow Left of the Murder..." British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A Crow Left of the Murder... in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Incubus – A Crow Left of the Murder..." Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.