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