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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1997
RecordedMay–June 1997[1]
Studio4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, California
LabelEpic, Immortal
ProducerJim Wirt
Incubus chronology
Fungus Amongus
Make Yourself
Singles from S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
  1. "A Certain Shade of Green"
    Released: September 9, 1997
  2. "Redefine (Promo)"
    Released: 1997
  3. "New Skin"
    Released: September 20, 1998

S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is the second album by the American rock band Incubus, released on September 9, 1997 by Epic Records. The album has been 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," says singer Brandon Boyd.[5] This is the first and only studio album to feature DJ Lyfe.


After releasing their independent debut album Fungus Amongus, Incubus signed a seven-record deal with Sony-affiliated Immortal Records.[6] Their first full-length major label effort S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was recorded during May–June 1997. Singer Brandon Boyd said "S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was done in six weeks in a very small, charming studio in Santa Monica. Very different experience, but very important on this band's existence."[7]


S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is influenced by diverse genres, including heavy metal,[8][9] electro,[10] funk,[8][9] jazz,[9][10] hip hop[8] and techno.[8] According to Rolling Stone writer Rob Kemp, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. "links funk metal to the rap metal".[3] "Magic Medicine" incorporates elements of trip hop, sampling a recorded reading of a children's book.[11]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[12]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[13]
The Great Rock Discography6/10[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Critics praised the album's diversity of styles. Pitchfork wrote that Incubus "successfully combines all sorts of [music genres] without sounding like a mess".[10] 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."[12] Drop-D Magazine reviewer Darren Kerr praised the album for its originality.[11] In 2015, VH1 ranked the album tenth on their list of "The 12 Most Underrated Nu Metal Albums".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Incubus, except where noted.

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"Incubus, Randy Muller3:11
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" ("Calgone" ends at 5:10; the hidden track "Segue 1" begins at 5:41) 16:05
Total length:55:52


  • Charles Waltz – violin
  • Jeremy Wasser – saxophone on "Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)"
  • Jim Wirt – producer
  • Ulrich Wild – engineer
  • CJ Eiriksson – engineer
  • Donat Kazarinoff – engineer
  • Matthew Kallen – assistant engineer
  • Terry Date – mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering, remastering
  • Frank Harkins – art direction
  • Chris McCann – photography


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

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


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  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Make Yourself – Incubus". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Kemp, Rob (2004). "Incubus". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 403–04. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ a b https://www.vh1.com/news/205488/underrated-nu-metal-albums/
  5. ^ [1] OzzFest '98 - Interviews - Incubus
  6. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2003/apr/11/business/fi-incubus11
  7. ^ http://www.incubusonline.com/iframe/bio/studio-science.htm
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b c Sullivan, Kate (November 2001). "The Accidental Sex Symbol". Spin. 17 (11): 78.
  10. ^ a b c d Wisdom, James. "Incubus: S.C.I.E.N.C.E.". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on February 5, 2003. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Kerr, Darren (April 11, 1998). "Review of S.C.I.E.N.C.E.". Drop-D Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  12. ^ a b Thomas, David. "S.C.I.E.N.C.E. – Incubus". AllMusic. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  13. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  14. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). "Incubus". The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate Books. p. 731. ISBN 1-84195-615-5.
  15. ^ Royal, Jacob (October 30, 2012). "Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E.". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E." British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type S.C.I.E.N.C.E. in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E." Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.