Before the Verve became known as "The Verve", they were simply known as "Verve" and this was the only LP they released under that name. Very fitting, as after this album they changed direction and went looking for pop stardom. And even though some of their best efforts (such as History, On Your Own, Bittersweet Symphony, etc) came after this album, A Storm in Heaven was a work of pure genius.
Nick McCabe's psychedelic guitars create a dreamy landscape over which Richard Ashcroft floats his haunting vocals and right from the spacey opener "Star Sail", the album unrelentlessly bellows out brilliant songs. Standout tracks include "Slide Away", "Already There", "Make It 'Till Monday", "Blue" and the outstanding closer "See You In The Next One (Have A Good Time)".
However, aside from having fantastic songs, it is also a very complete album, with each track playing their own part to create a truly excellent album for fans of the Verve and alternative music. Truly, a storm in heaven.