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Incubus, ‘If Not Now, When?’ (Epic)

Mikael Wood // July 12, 2011

These Left Coast alt-metal lifers have made their reputation by earnestly searching for the vulnerable bro trapped inside the nookie-seeking mook. (Partial credit should go to the genial good looks of singer Brandon Boyd.) On the band’s seventh studio album, Incubus fully embrace surf-bum balladry, and if Boyd’s lyrics carry a whiff of Keanu — “I was low, but now I am high,” he reveals in “In the Company of Wolves” — the warm slow-jam sonics provide a soothing distraction.