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Limited edition reissue of this classic album presented in a special package featuring a CD with a top side that resembles an original LP vinyl album, but don't let the looks deceive you...it's a fully playable CD.
Though Morning View follows hot on the heels of Incubus's breakthrough single, "Drive," it doesn't feel rushed. After all, their previous album, Make Yourself, was released nearly two years ago. Like fellow Los Angeles metal pioneers System of a Down, Incubus find themselves lumped in with the nu-metal fraternity merely because they're young(ish), angry, and very loud. That's more than a little unfair, because their sound owes more to the clever and creative funk-metal of Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the faux-rap posturing of Limp Bizkit. In fact, songs like "Nice to Know You," "Circles," and the excellent "Blood on the Ground" display real maturity. But that's not all that sets Incubus apart: on "I Wish You Were Here," "Just a Phase," "11 a.m.," and "Mexico," they show an uncharacteristic willingness to tread softly, using acoustic guitars and touches of strings to make less noise, but more impact. Some could call it selling out, but it sounds more like growing up. Morning View is a leap forward for a band that continues to get better with each release. --Robert Burrow
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As for the music, this is probably what Make Yourself should've been. The sound has improved a bit, and Brandon no longer sounds drowned out by the band.
The best songs are '11 am', 'Just A Phase', 'Mexico', 'Under My Umbrella', and 'Aqueous Transmission'. 'Under My Umbrella' is a nice fast pace sound, with an awesome bridge reminiscent of Porcupine Tree. 'Aqueous Transmission' mixes West with the East and is very effective. The only song I really have a problem with is 'Blood On The Ground'; it just isn't the greatest song ever, and the lyrics are pretty bad.
The best thing about this album is how Incubus tries to display as wide a range as can be managed in the nu-metal-esque genre (yes I know they are not nu-metal). There's dynamic changes, occasional variety in instrumentation, dissonance, and genre fusion (see Aqueous Transmission).
If you're into Incubus, this album gets my highest recommendation (second to A Crow Left Of The Murder).
The point is, it's a natural evolution in sound. Either embrace it, or go listen to S.C.I.E.N.C.E and stop whining. I'd much rather see a band evolve and expand their sound, as opposed to making the same album over and over again (kind of like Godsmack, Linkin Park, and other modern rock mainstays do).
1. Nice To Know You
The second single, IIRC. And it's a perfect example of what makes Incubus such a great band - here's a song with an unusual mixed time rhythm, lots of tempo changes, and weird lyrics (about lead singer Brandon Boyd regaining feeling in his arm again after an extended period). Yet, the chorus has an incredible hook, making the song totally radio friendly.
Heavy verses with a heavy melodic chorus. Nice harmonies in the "What would it mean to you" part.Read more ›
For me, this is one of the few perfect albums. There is a great mix of hard rockers and soft songs on this. Incubus have greatly expanded their sound to accompany Middle Eastern sounds and soothing, ethereal string and wind instruments without sounding silly or pretentious. Also the top-notch, effect-heavy production does not sound poppy, but rather just enhances the mood and impact of this CD. There is a certain positive, almost Bob Marley-ish vibe throughout the album, but still, for every lightweight song about pipe dreams (I Wish You Were Here) there is a gritty rocker dragging it back down to the soil (Nice To Know You). The whole band is in top playing form here, right from the hard-rocking opener, "Nice To Know You", quickly followed by the fast-paced "Circles" and the softer, "I Wish You Were Here." The moody, quiet and introspective "7 am" features a spooky bass line, and the truly supurb "Warning" discusses the end of the world and seizing control of your life.
"I suggest we learn to love ourselves before it's made illegal...she called out a warning, don't ever let life pass you by...Haven't felt the way, I feel today in so long it's hard for me to specify, I'm beginning to notice how much this feels like a waking limb, pins and needles, nice to know you goodbye...I'm counting UFOs, I signal them with my lighter, and in this moment I am happy...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
AMAZING CD!!! you have to buy it!! well, actually it takes awhile for anyone who's never heard of incubus to get to realyy like them, they have GREAT guitar by mike, awesome voice... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2005 by urgency
This is an amazing CD for anyone who loves rock music. Brandon Boyd has an incredible voice and the lyrics are really powerful. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Mariann
This CD has some good moments, but Incubus seems to have finally gone more mainstream. Drive was a great song, and this CD has a bunch of good songs on it, but it is nowhere near... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Mackenzie Kraemer
I had never really heard of incubus until a couple of months ago when my guitar teacher told me he was a big fan. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Tristan Cripps
All I really have to say is listen to the song "Just A Phase." If you aren't sold after hearing that, then just listen to it again. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Dennis Jones
This is the best cd from Incubus in stores. The music and the DVD are both good. Best cd art i have ever seen. Definitely recommended.Published on May 16 2004 by Justin Allen
Awesome cd. I bought it for the radio hits, and soon found that I LOVED all of them. The best incubus cd out there, can't wait to get my hands of A Crow. All the songs are great. Read morePublished on April 24 2004
A great Incubus album, a great rock album. 2001's high-selling release, Morning View, tones down Incubus' music to a more mellow sound. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by thejmyster
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