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Sons of the Sea by Sons of the Sea
Released: Sep 2013
Label: AVOW! Records
No beating around the bush: Aside from 1997's classic S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Sons of the Sea is far and away the most listenable album Brandon Boyd has ever made. This is partly because of the aesthetic, a relatively happy, post-Beatles experimental pop with piano and harmonies, lots of clever chord sequences and odd little knickknacks like glitch cut-up acoustic guitar and "Strawberry Fields"-like Mellotron. But it's also because partner Brendan O'Brien brings out Boyd's musical shrewdness. The collection falls just short of irresistible, almost 20 years into the Incubus frontman's career.
Dan Weiss

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