Originally released on the independent Madcap label (and later issued on Slipdisc/Mercury), Icos' debut, Incurable Contact, is the opposite of what you'd expect from the majority of other bands on Slipdisc's roster, where industrial and punk-pop rule. This Chicago four-piece includes vocalist/guitarist Danny McGuiness, bassist Gordon Patriarca, drummer Kyle Woodring, and second guitarist Scott Bond, and cite influences as varied as pop, jazz, classical and R&B, but their music sounds much similar to '90s alterna-radio rock more than the aforementioned styles. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Icos has the talent to compose rockers just as strong as the majority of other bands on alterna-rock radio. By combining angst-free Alice In Chains-esque vocals (circa Jars of Flies and "Down In a Hole") with melodic rock, Icos is similar in approach to such bands as Days of the New, Candlebox, and Creed -- proven by the tracks "Find a Way," "Cities," "Firewalker," and "Live On." The band also adds traces of funk to their rock at times -- "Judgment," "Crucifix Scarecrow," and the album opener, "Standin' In the Middle."
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato