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on 24 July 2009
I won't do you a disservice here and review the first disc, `Monuments'. So, a brief overview then: it consists primarily of the hit singles the band have had since their inception in 1991, although it omits anything from the bands second album proper, `S.C.I.E.N.C.E.'. This makes sense; it was the song `Drive' (from 1999's `Make Yourself') that scored the band their biggest hit and launched them into the big leagues. Anything before said period (`Fungous Amongous', the `Enjoy Incubus' E.P. and aforementioned `S.C.I.E.N.C.E.') shouldn't technically be on a greatest hits package as it didn't really HIT anybody, bar the underground metal scene. However, including something from the bands funk-metal days may have helped to illustrate how much they've grown as musicians and song writers. They're not peddling sub-Mr Bungle or Primus anymore. These guys have grown up. So along with two new, strong compositions (the anthemic `Black Heart Inertia' and `Midnight Swim'), that pretty much encapsulates the first disc.

The second disc, `Melodies', is far more interesting. Consisting of b-sides from the bands back catalogue, this disc illustrates, like Smashing Pumpkin's `Pisces Iscariot', that an album of throwaways doesn't necessarily mean a throwaway album. Songs like `Neither of Us Can See' and `While All the Vultures Feed' cleverly reverse the typical Incubus formula of hummable-verse into epic chorus by featuring genuinely thrilling opening bars of music with verses that, in my opinion, are stronger than the choruses that follow. `Look Alive' is played with such spirit that you can't help but be sucked along for the ride, whilst `Punch Drunk' starts off slowly, hypnotically, before descending into the kind of organised noise the band explored in `Sick, Sad Little World' from `Crow Left...'. The odd one's out, `Martini' and `Pantomime' are deliberately playful, Brandon's voice dancing around the guitar before moving to centre stage in each chorus. `Anything' is the kind of alt-rock song the band perfected during the `Morning View' sessions, but the fact that it's not as immediately catchy as said album makes it more worthwhile when the hooks do sink in. `Admiration' and `Monuments and Melodies' are perfectly pretty songs, even if they suffer next to the infectious energy of the first half of the disc. All that's left (a ridiculous cover of the Prince song `Let's Go Crazy' and the frothy acoustic version of `A Certain Shade of Green') gets by purely because it sounds like the band is having so much fun. So it's a strong collection, if not all encompassing (it should be noted that with the special edition of this album, you are given a link to download hundreds of Incubus b-sides at your leisure, increasing the value for money represented by this collection and also providing a more comprehensive overview of the bands history).

I can think of better albums to buy if you're just getting into Incubus (start with `Make Yourself', see if you like it, and work your way up). If you're a fan already, see if you can get the album at a cut price because the second disc doesn't justify the price tag (personally, I'd have preferred the b-sides album by itself with the two new songs but...y'know). If you just want the hits, hey, you got `em, plus a disc full of songs you might not like. However, sour grapes aside, this double-disc set does a good job of showcasing Incubus as a band with fantastic song writing skills, as adept at writing popular rock songs as they are performing more intricate, less accessible work. They just keep getting better with age (not least Mike Einziger, whose riffs keep getting sharper and sharper). More pre-`Make Yourself' would have illustrated this point even better, but on the strength of the music found on these two discs...well, it's gotta be a four-and-a-half out of five.
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on 24 June 2009
Woooooaaaaaaah! This isnt your typical "Best of" album. Incubus have come such a long way since the days of S.C.I.E.N.C.E and all for the better. For me the 2nd disc is where the gems are. Full of rare tracks that havent been released, its truly a masterpiece in itself. The standout tracks are Neither of us can see, Admiration(both taken from the Stealth soundtrack), While the vultures fead and Punch Drunk. Watch out for the cover of Princes Lets Go Crazy at the end...a nice Incubus take on a classic.
Buy the limited edition too as it gives you access to the incubus vault website with even more rare tracks and videos you can download!
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on 20 June 2009
Best hits album ever. Got all Incubus's classics witha fef extras on the bonus cd. You'll get tehm if you buy the soundtracs to motion pictures or games like i have or on some singles also. A very good buy worth the money. A must for true hardcore Incubus fans
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on 29 October 2012
A must for every Incubus lover. CD1 is a greatest hits album, just wonderful. Amongst the songs on it are my two favorite Incubus songs: Anna Molly and Megalomaniac. CD2 contains songs that have not appeared in albums before(as far as I Know). Both are proof of how talented and unique this band is. As my title says: Addictive, it hasn't left my stereo since it arrived.
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on 24 October 2009
I love Incubus so I am slightly biased as they are one of my favourite bands! Obviously there are 2 discs in this release, the first disc being previously released like a greatest hits cd, and the 2nd having unreleased tracks which are astounding! The Certain shade of Green acoustic version is legendary as are the other songs. If you are an Incubus fan this is a must have compilation! Highly recommended!!
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on 1 July 2011
This is a great album, collect the best incubus songs in this.
If you wanna meet Incubus you should start with this record.
Also, amazing album cover.
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on 24 August 2009
I had forgotten just how good Incubus are - this is a collection of all their best singles. You'll just keep playing it !
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on 18 July 2009
Most of the stuff on this album is old stuff especially disc one,but its still really good!!
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on 29 December 2009
its the best of incubus with a whole lot more thrown in. such a good album to listen to
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on 1 January 2010
I bought this album more because of a few tracks on it which I had lost, as opposed to because of the previosuly unreleased stuff. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that cd 1 is more or less a "best of" cd with a few new tracks on it. The second cd is almost entirely new and is brilliant.

Won't go into highlighting individual tracks as the different people I've played it to all have different preference from them but they are all very worth while listening to.
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