Incubus
Morning View


3.0
good

Review

by Bwgrotha1s USER (24 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2013 | 49 replies | 1,226 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Good alternative outing for the early 21st century but doesn't effectively mesmerize the listener as "Make Yourself" did.

5 of 15 thought this review was well written

Critically, "Morning View" is the best album Incubus has put out, but that title is always up for debate. Many amendments have been made to their sound since "Make Yourself" and while most of them are equal trades, some few seem like losses, and the scarce amount of gains don't quite make up for the detracted quality.

For starters, the spacious interstellar ambience of "Make Yourself" is gone almost entirely, with Einziger's guitar textures now limited to raw distortion and clean playing. It's a jam-like feel that works well when the band goes out guns blazing, but at other times, feels somewhat bland. Songs that were once infectious by playing on caked effects are now revealed to be less unique via the standard electric guitar tone.

DJ Killmore is toned down drastically, serving as backdrop for most songs, and only being center-stage on songs like "Are You In?" Dirk Lance is more evident on the aforementioned track, as well as throughout the album, thanks to enhanced bass production. Vocalist Brandon Boyd is as talented as before, but is now nestling into a natural current of sensuality with his emphasized singing.

From the get-go, "Nice To Know You" commences and is powered by pure music and brute force. The band jams relentlessly with only a dash of effect echoing in the background. Next up is "Circles" a considerably heavier track for the bunch to rock out to, but nonetheless, it is a solid song that ensures these guys still got it. The album's flawless beginning continues through "Wish You Were Here," the album's single and "Just a Phase," a sensitive and dazy track that shows technical mastery and stunning musicianship.

The entirety of the album's middle can feel like a slump of mediocrity. "11 am's" verse is a slow build-up to an effortless chorus that almost seems intended to disappoint. "Blood on the Ground" features an equivalent performance that strains awkwardness on its chorus "IIIIIIII don't wanna talk to you anymore...I'm afraid of what I might say." "Mexico" attempts to spice things up acoustically, but only manages to prevail as a lullaby or sleep-aid, sporting a repetitive and only slightly appealing melody.

"Warning," another single, jumps back to high-level energy with a catchy verse and chorus, but isn't attributed to anything truly special that helps it stand out..at all. The next track "Echo" is also a catchy, yet softer spin, that exemplifies eloquent slide-guitar and gentle singing.

The final four tracks close on a contrasting note with the ever so average "Have You Ever" beating on a heavier simple melody with again little effort or drive for uniqueness. "Are You In?" rides a slow-moving groove of epic proportions via Dirk Lance's impeccable bass playing and Einziger's ringing guitar motifs. Boyd gets rather soulful but the end result is a little stale.

"Under My Umbrella" follows, and is more reminiscent of "Make Yourself" or "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." than anything else on the album. It's a quick and angry track with integrated electronic noise and a rocking chorus riff. The grand finale` "Aqueous Transmission" is peaceful and harmonic, but is essentially like taking a handful of unisom. Incubus delivers an asian sitar melody that plays slower than the flow of molasses, over gentle violins and supporting forest ambience. It's an idea that sounds delightful on paper, but is seven minutes in length and doesn't stray too far from its only-so-flavorable main tune.

"Make Yourself" took listeners on a journey through soundscapes, interesting textures, and musical atmosphere. "Morning View" attempts to thrive on less filtered instrumentation and well-bounded performance but ends up drying out at points where the band is clearly relying on the main riff, which at times, isn't all that memorable. Some of their exploratory ideas succeed ("Are You In?") and others crash and burn ("Aqueous Transmission"), but luckily there's twice as much good for any Incubus fan on here, than there is anything that might be considered average, or "bad."



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IslamicPenguins
December 3rd 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favorite from them by a landslide, but nice attempt trying to pick it apart, I just disagree with most of your points

WatchItExplode
December 3rd 2013



3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You actually see this as significantly worse than Make Yourself? They are pretty darn close for me though I will always prefer SCIENCE.

StallionMang
December 3rd 2013



5482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review, but I just disagree with so much of it

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Parallels
December 3rd 2013



6641 Comments


"It doesn't take a genius to analyze a record like this and figure out that about 1/3 of it is somewhat tasteless compared to the rest and especially compared to earlier works."

That's quite a bold statement

Rowan5215
December 3rd 2013



25652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also an incorrect one

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StallionMang
December 3rd 2013



5482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"For starters, the spacious interstellar ambience of "Make Yourself" is gone almost entirely"

Huh

Rowan5215
December 3rd 2013



25652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The album closes on a contrasting note with the ever so average "Have You Ever" "
Yeah that's not the end of the album dude

MyNameIsPencil
December 3rd 2013



563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have to disagree with your points. MAJORLY, as this is one of Incubus's greatest moments
but decent review overall

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Parallels
December 3rd 2013



6641 Comments


"a sensitive and dazey track that shows technical mastery and stunning musicianship."

dazy

"An asian sitar melody that plays slower than the flow of molasses... doesn't stray from its only-so-flavorable main tune."

Food comparisons are the worst in negative reviews.

"It doesn't take a genius to analyze a record like this and figure out that about 1/3 of it is somewhat tasteless compared to the rest and especially compared to earlier works."

Insults the readers while simultaneously trying to persuade them! Brilliant!

StallionMang
December 3rd 2013



5482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I take it back, too much wrong with this review

SirDrumsalot
December 3rd 2013



1538 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Warning" used to be the only song I liked from these guys after Science. But I just listened to it again and Brandon kinda ruins it by being to whiney during the versus.

tommygun
December 3rd 2013



24636 Comments


good ass album

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Bwgrotha1s
December 3rd 2013



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, it's a lot easier to get off without anyone spitting hate when you write a positive review instead of a negative one.

I am sorry, but I find Morning View to be a bore..11am through Have You Ever is such a mediocre set of songs. And I am fully aware Have You Ever isn't the last song, when I referred to the album's close I was speaking of the last four songs which go fast, slow, fast, slow.

Everything else is constructive, and I'm sorry "Make Yourself" is so much better.

LocustGrove
December 3rd 2013



540 Comments


Worst review

gnrcdstrtdpwrchrd
December 3rd 2013



96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you neg the review merely because you don't agree with what he says? There are faults but I thought it was pretty well backed up...

This review is almost exactly what I thought when I first heard this album actually, until it grew on me

Bwgrotha1s
December 3rd 2013



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've owned this album since its release. I despised it at first, because "Make Yourself" is just mind blowing, I don't know how many times I need to say it lol. But it definitely grew on me, it just isn't nearly as addictive as songs from Make Yourself.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2013



6097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is waaaaaaaaaay better than make yourself imo

Rowan5215
December 4th 2013



25652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yep Gnarly has it right

jmnewcomer18
December 4th 2013



3408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review reads more like a 3.5 to me. I agree that MY is better and also yeah 11am has a somewhat uninspired chorus but verses more than make up for it. Anyways decent review

Rowan5215
December 4th 2013



25652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

11am fucking rules



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