The album is just coming out and already Incubus is on to the second single off their latest If Not Now, When? release. Incubus’ sound has certainly changed over the years from the nu-metal days of their debut album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. to soft, ballad radio hits like “Drive” and “Dig.” Their evolving sound may irritate a lot of original, hardcore fans, but there’s no question that Incubus has always been able to evolve and tweak its style to sound contemporary and fresh.
“Promises, Promises” would certainly fit into the soft ballad category with its moving piano and touching lyrics from lead singer Brandon Boyd. Some may accuse the song of fitting into the “easy listening” department, but I find it hard to dislike the track. Yes it has quite a romantic sound to it and it’s something you’d probably cry along to alone with your girlfriend, but when it all comes down to it, “Promises, Promises” is very nice and well-written. Boyd always had a real vocal talent for soft ballads and he doesn’t disappoint on this one either. Though it may lack originality, “Promises, Promises” is a solid ballad… now please don’t hate me for liking it.
Run Time: 4:25
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Check out the song: “Promises, Promises”