Morning View

Morning View

by IncubusIncubus


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Fans who discovered Incubus and their album Make Yourself through their massive radio hit "Drive" may be surprised that the band released a follow-up album so quickly. Yet the reality is that Make Yourself was a definitive sleeper hit, never peaking past the Top 50 of Billboard's album charts, but staying on those same charts for close to two years and in the process shifting over two million units. With each successive single that was released, the band gradually moved away from the nu-metal/Ozzfest crowd they had been initially lumped into and revealed the solid songwriting and talent for a good melody underneath the layers of surging guitars. The lessons learned from Make Yourself have definitely been applied to Morning View. While there is still a fair share of aggressive numbers ("Circles," " Blood on the Ground," and " Under My Umbrella" arguably the strongest of the harder tracks), the ratio of softer and mellower numbers have increased dramatically, to the point where hardcore fans of earlier material may be bewildered. For the most part, the transition works. "Mexico" is a sparsely arranged acoustic ballad that gives lead singer Brandon Boyd an opportunity to demonstrate his formidable vocal range. "Are You In" is an upbeat, funky tune reminiscent of Sugar Ray (and that's meant in a good way). The most offbeat track is the album closer, "Aqueous Transmission," a tranquil, exotic-sounding ballad that sees the band successfully experimenting with Middle Eastern string arrangements. Not all the experiments gel ("Echo"), and there is a tendency, especially in the middle third of the album, for the songs to sound too similar in sound and tempo, but on the whole, Morning View is a fine follow-up to Make Yourself and a natural progression in the band's musical evolution. While it may not appeal to fans of the harder material, music lovers who like their rock a little less aggressive and a little more ambitious and, well, sensitive should give Morning View a spin.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099750406120
catalogNumber: 909917
Rank: 59721

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incubus   Primary Artist
Jon Clarke   Woodwind
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Karie Prescott   Viola
David Stenske   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
Dawn Beckman   Background Vocals
Jose Antonio Pasillas   Group Member
Brandon Boyd   Track Performer,Group Member
Eve Butler   Violin
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Dirk Lance   Track Performer,Group Member
Stephanie Alexander   Background Vocals
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Michael Einziger   Track Performer,Group Member
Daniel Smith   Cello
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Incubus   Producer
Greg Nelson   Monitors
Tom Sweeney   Engineer
Scott Litt   Producer,Engineer
Rick "Soldier" Will   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jose Antonio Pasillas   Composer
Jason Cropper   Engineer,Remote Recording
Dave Holdredge   Engineer
Brandy Flower   Art Direction
Brandon Boyd   Composer
Mike Einziger   Composer,Engineer
Alex Katunich   Composer
Chris "DJ" Kilmore   Composer
Kylie Dejesus   Engineer,Remote Recording
Mark Warnholtz   Engineer,Remote Recording
Ted Whitacre   Studio Coordinator

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