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Classic Album Review: Incubus | Morning View

The Cali quintet drop their most accessible, thoughtful and predictable release.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Back in the day, this Cali quintet were a funky, Red Hot Chili Peppers-flavoured rap-metal outfit. And much as the Peppers have become slightly blander over the years, Incubus have become a little more angelic and a little less Satanic with every release.

Morning View, their fourth full-length and followup to 1999’s commercial breakthrough Make Yourself, is their most accessible, thoughtful and poppy outing yet. And the most predictable. There are plenty of summery harmonies and hummable hooks to go with the standard rubberized guitars and whip-crack hip-hop beats. A few offtime rhythms and singer Brandon Boyd’s soaring howl add touches of sonic distinction now and then, but ultimately, Morning does not become Incubus.