Sadly, 8 is bad almost in its entirety. The production was awful..they made it sound too pop at times, just starting to sound like Incubus at the end (Familiar Faces, Make No Sound and Throw Out The Map are the only good songs on the album, IMO), even Brandon's unique voice sounds at times like any other pop-punk singer of the early 00's..
Giving the new record a first listen. First impression: yes, his voice has started to change slightly (I could barely recognize his voice´s unmistakable nuances in the first 3 or 4 songs, I guess people do age after all, let alone how demanding Incubus´s repertoire tends to be vocally speaking, or was it the production perhaps?). Second impression: first half tends to be a bit bland, second half is much better. Still, the things they did in the 2000´s remains unsurpassable.
11 yrs on and light grenades is better than i remembered. but it still amazes me that a band could write a love song as genuinely touching as 'dig' and one as trite as 'love hurts' and put them 2 tracks apart on the same album, wtf ladz