Monuments and Melodies

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Monuments and Melodies
Greatest hits album by Incubus
Released June 16, 2009
Genre Alternative rock
Length 1:01:10 (disc 1)
47:22 (disc 2)
(Total: 1:48:32)
Label Epic/Immortal
Producer Brendan O'Brien, Scott Litt

Monuments and Melodies is the first greatest hits compilation album by American rock band Incubus released on June 16, 2009 through Epic Records.[1] It is released as a double-disc set, the first disc features 13 previously released singles from the albums Make Yourself, Morning View, A Crow Left of the Murder..., and Light Grenades, along with two new Brendan O'Brien-produced tracks, "Black Heart Inertia" and "Midnight Swim".

The second disc is a collection of rarities, including B-sides, soundtrack cuts, alternate versions, three previously unreleased songs, and a cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy". The album takes its title from a song that was originally released as the B-side to "Megalomaniac" and as a bonus track on international releases of A Crow Left of the Murder...; it is also included on Disc 2 of this album. The album art was drawn by vocalist Brandon Boyd.

Overview[edit]

Although disc 2 was advertised as being made up of almost entirely previously unreleased and unheard tracks, many of the included tracks can be found on other releases. "Neither of Us Can See" and "Admiration" were both included on the soundtrack to the movie Stealth in 2005; however, this version of "Neither..." features only Brandon Boyd on vocals. "While All The Vultures Feed" was a song recorded for the soundtrack to the movie Stealth, but was inexplicably left off; the song was, according the band manager Steve rennie, recently "dug out and polished up" for the release. "Anything" was a song recorded during the Morning View sessions, which never made it past the demo stage. It was revealed that the song was born from a jam session between Mike Einziger and José Pasillas that was recorded for potential inclusion on the album. Bass guitar on the track was performed by Mike Einziger, and vocals were completed on the track during the demo stage. Eventually, however, the song was left off in favor of other tracks.

"Martini" was one of the songs recorded during the Light Grenades sessions—amongst many other tracks and demos—that never saw the light of day. Not much is known about "Martini" and its background; it is regarded as just another song that didn't make the album. Listeners will notice that the solo from the song is very similar to the solo from "Rogues", a song that made it to Light Grenades, and was possibly an early version of the solo, which was tweaked to fit on "Rogues". "Look Alive" and "Punch Drunk" were not only on the Japanese release of Light Grenades, but live versions were on the Look Alive concert DVD release from 2007. "Pantomime" and "Monuments and Melodies" (and the Japanese bonus track "Follow") appear on Incubus's Alive at Red Rocks DVD from 2004 as tracks on the bonus CD, though the "Pantomime" in this compilation is an entirely different recording featuring the whole band for the entire song, whereas it is revealed in the concert section of the Alive at Red Rocks DVD and the studio version featured on the bonus CD that the first half of the song is solely Brandon playing guitar and singing. Furthermore, a live version of "Pantomime" appeared on 3 of Incubus's "bootleg" live albums to profit the Make Yourself Foundation and "Monuments and Melodies" was released as a B-side to the "Megalomaniac" single, in 2003. "Crowded Elevator" was a B-side to the "Pardon Me" single in 2000, a Japanese bonus track to Make Yourself in 1999, on the Scream 3 soundtrack, and appeared on the Live in Sweden 2004 "bootleg" live album of theirs. It also appeared on the 2000 EP When Incubus Attacks Volume 1. "A Certain Shade of Green" was recorded during a Live X session for 99X; played in the same style as heard on Monuments and Melodies, it appeared on Time Lapse Consortium's album entitled Live at the Roxy Theater in 2003 (albeit an electric version). Playing on this recording are Time Lapse Consortium and Incubus band members Ben Kenney, Mike Einziger, and Jose Pasillas, and Brandon Boyd was the featured "guest" singer. There are also numerous bootlegged live recordings of Incubus acoustically performing "A Certain Shade of Green" in this style. Also, "Midnight Swim" from Disc 1 is not the song of the same title as featured on the Look Alive bonus disc.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[3]

Monuments and Melodies achieved Gold status in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Monuments)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Black Heart Inertia" (Previously Unreleased) 4:53
2. "Drive" (from Make Yourself, 1999) 3:52
3. "Megalomaniac" (from A Crow Left of the Murder..., 2004) 4:54
4. "Anna Molly" (from Light Grenades, 2006) 3:46
5. "Love Hurts" (from Light Grenades, 2006) 3:57
6. "Wish You Were Here" (from Morning View, 2001) 3:36
7. "Warning" (from Morning View, 2001) 4:42
8. "Stellar" (from Make Yourself, 1999) 3:20
9. "Talk Shows on Mute" (from A Crow Left of the Murder..., 2004) 3:52
10. "Pardon Me" (from Make Yourself, 1999) 3:44
11. "Dig" (from Light Grenades, 2006) 4:17
12. "Oil and Water" (from Light Grenades, 2006) 3:49
13. "Are You In?" (from Morning View, 2001) 4:24
14. "Nice to Know You" (from Morning View, 2001) 4:43
15. "Midnight Swim" (Previously Unreleased) 3:15

Disc 2 (Melodies)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Neither of Us Can See (Original)" (from Stealth Soundtrack, 2005) 4:04
2. "Look Alive" (from the Japanese edition of Light Grenades, 2006) 4:21
3. "While All the Vultures Feed" (Previously unreleased; recorded during the Stealth Soundtrack sessions, 2005) 3:53
4. "Pantomime (Altered Version)" (Previously unreleased version of the song from Alive at Red Rocks, 2004) 4:39
5. "Anything" (Previously unreleased; recorded during the Morning View sessions, 2001) 3:32
6. "Punch Drunk" (from the Japanese edition of Light Grenades, 2006) 5:14
7. "Admiration" (from Stealth Soundtrack, 2005) 4:13
8. "Martini" (Previously unreleased; recorded during the Light Grenades sessions, 2006) 4:09
9. "A Certain Shade of Green (Acoustic Version)" (Previously unreleased) 3:36
10. "Monuments and Melodies" (from Alive at Red Rocks Bonus Disc, 2004; and Megalomaniac B-Side) 5:06
11. "Let's Go Crazy (Prince cover)" (Previously unreleased) 4:29

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 20
Canadian Albums Chart 20
New Zealand Albums Chart 3
Billboard Top 200 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Incubus View messageboard. Retrieved 3-11-09
  2. ^ Monuments and Melodies review. Allmusic
  3. ^ Walker, Jen (June 2009). "Incubus – Monuments and Melodies." Rock Sound (123): 84.