Morning View

Morning View is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Incubus, released October 23, 2001. This is the band's last album to feature bassist, Alex Katunich.

The album has a sound that is overall softer than previous albums, especially apparent on songs such as "Echo" and "Are You In?", however, Incubus's heavier side is still evident on tracks like "Have You Ever" and "Under My Umbrella". Songs such as "Just a Phase" display more original song structures. Regarding the album's sound, guitarist Mike Einziger notes that it:

"would've been really easy for us to try to replicate certain songs that did well on our last record, which we didn't do. We didn't do anything even remotely close to that. We put pressure on ourselves to make a good record because if none of us were happy with it, we'll all be miserable for the next two years while we're on tour.

Five years after the album's release, an official video for the song "Circles" was released on December 3, 2006 on Sony BMG Musicbox.

The record has influenced numerous younger artists, for example: Katy Perry, Pancho Pepe Jazz Band and Cute is What We Aim For bassist, Dave Melillo.

A companion DVD, Morning View Sessions, was released on May 29, 2002.

Background and Recording

To record the album, the band lived temporarily in Malibu, California, in a street called "Morning View Drive". Former bassist, Dirk Lance, notes that the band had previously:
"tried to do that for at least the writing portion of Make Yourself, but we didn't have enough clout at the time. When we were getting ready to write this one, we knew that we needed to get into a more creative place. The idea was to not feel as if you were driving [somewhere] to work on a record. You could just get up and it was a natural extension of your day.

Vocalist, Brandon Boyd, notes that the band: "needed quick access to the beach because we're kinda spoiled brats sometimes. We need that outlet. At least I do. It's nice to write music all day and be like, 'I'm going to take a break, see you guys in two hours.'

out of the 30 songs the band sketched out for the album, 18 were recorded with 13 ending up on the final release. none of the outtakes, "Police Car", "Puzzle", "Anything" and "Bigger Cat, Bigger Litter Box", have seen the light of day.

Album Title

Bassist, Dirk Lance, states that the album's title comes from: "the name of the street, the house was on, where we recorded the album. Brandon Boyd notes that "every time we'd pull into the street we had the view of the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway. I got a big creative boner every time I'd show up to the house. Every time we'd pull up, DJ Kilmore would be like, "Ah, Morning View. It's time to rock!


The final song, "Aqueous Transmission", is unlike anything else the band had attempted, employing the use of Chinese instruments such as the Pipa. The Pipa used on the recording was given to Mike Einziger from Steve Vai, who also helped him develop the main riff to "Echo." "Aqueous Transmission" is 7 minutes and 46 seconds long, with the last minute consisting of frogs croaking outside the studio in Malibu. Lead vocalist Brandon Boyd says that the purpose of the song was to make "the listener pee in his/her pants" from relaxation.


The album received generally positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 62, based on 10 reviews. Q Magazine states that "even at their most acerbic or delicately downplayed extremes, Incubus are compelling., while CDNow noted that Incubus "has begun to grow up a bit.

Track Listing

All songs written and performed by Incubus.

  1. "Nice to Know You" - 4:43
  2. "Circles" - 4:09
  3. "Wish You Were Here" - 3:32
  4. "Just a Phase" - 5:33
  5. "11am" - 4:16
  6. "Blood on the Ground" - 4:36
  7. "Mexico" - 4:22
  8. "Warning" - 4:42
  9. "Echo" - 3:36
  10. "Have You Ever" - 3:16
  11. "Are You In? - 4:26
  12. "Under My Umbrella" - 3:33
  13. "Aqueous Transmission" - 7:46

Australian Bonus CD

  1. "Pardon Me" (Live in Denver)
  2. "Favorite Things" (Live in Denver)
  3. "Clean" (Live Acoustic)
  4. "Drive" (Acoustic)


Year Chart First Week Sales Albums sold (to date) Position
2001 Billboard 200 266,000 3.6 million 2


Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Wish You Were Here" Modern Rock Tracks 2
2001 "Wish You Were Here" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
2001 "Wish You Were Here" Billboard Hot 100 60
2001 "Wish You Were Here" Adult Top 40 36
2002 "Nice To Know You" Modern Rock Tracks 9
2002 "Nice To Know You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
2002 "Warning" Modern Rock Charts 3
2002 "Warning" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
2002 "Circles" Mainstream Rock Tracks 31



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