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Before they started The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe and Peter Salisbury used to gather in an old car, high above the hillsides around Wigan, gazing down over the town and wondering how they could avoid the anonymity that destiny seemed to be presenting them with. Their solution was to form a band, but even the wild-eyed dreamers couldn’t possibly have guessed just ... Read more in Amazon's The Verve Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001BZZ292
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE VERVE Forth (2008 UK 10-track CD album - One of the biggest selling and more influential bands of the last ten years have reformed and recorded an album of new material. Recorded in Richmond London Forth includes the single Love Is Noise alongside the album highlights Sit And Wonder & Noise Epic presented in a sealed & stickered gatefold card picture sleeve)

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Warning: the Verve’s wittily titled fourth album--the first since their reformation in 2007--is no Urban Hymns Part II. That much is clear from the album’s first single "Love Is Noise," a punchy-yet-addictive propulsive rocker, but it’s a fact underlined several times on the remainder of the album. Taking a determined stroll along the boulevard of experimentalism, the band mix up their slick strings and ringing guitars with dense drums and murky soundscapes for this comeback album. Opening cut “Sit and Wonder” sets the tone: a lurching, bluesy tune with a loose, jam-session feel that maintains its groove for almost seven minutes. The soaring (and shorter) “Rather Be,” the dreamy “Judas” and the plodding “I See Houses” bring us closer to the classic Verve sound, but the retreat into moody psychedelia continues anew with “Numbness,” the intense “Noise Epic” and the kaleidoscopic, Can-like “Colombo”. Despite these darker moments being indulgently drawn-out at times they serve to raise the more euphonious moments--surprise anthems like “Valium Skies” included--to even more heavenly realms, and create a compelling chiaroscuro along the way. --Danny McKenna

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Mitchell on 10 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Verve were a big part of the soundtrack to some of the best days of my life back in the 90's,ANothern Soul being one of my favourite albums of all time. I didn't have too high expectations for this album and was going to steer clear, however I really liked the lead single and so decided to take the plunge. WHAT A BORE! I'm not comparing this work to any other (a different time, a different place!) But although there are a few decent moments, most of the album passes you by without impact. I've tried over and again, but just leaves me unmoved, and some tracks just become irritating after a while. like sleeping with an ex - quite exiting at first but ultimatley you should have stayed well away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ga Thomas on 3 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a 'difficult' album to say the least. After watching them play live last year I thought this album would be the kick in the backside the music world needs right now. Big music played with huge intent. Instead all we get is a diluted, uninspired, sloppy bunch of half-arsed ideas that seem to go completely against what these guys are about and what they can do live. 'Sit & Wonder' started out as a belting monster of a live track when they were first performing it. What on earth did they do to it in the studio?? They seem to have compressed the life out of it with McCabe's once immense guitar lines reduced to a tinny squeal. Ok so it's not a completely terrible album. There are moments in tracks like Judas, Numbness and Columbo where you can just about make out the fiery interplay that made this band so legendary in their early days and Love is Noise along with Valium Skies stand up perfectly well against the band's earlier hits. But in the end there's too many half-baked ideas for Forth to be a truly great album. In fact Noise epic just about sums this album up. It starts off with real intent but just as the hairs on your neck begin to rise, it deflates into blandness with Ashcroft, obviously bereft of ideas, lazily reciting some lyrics while the band try desperately to turn a half-arsed idea into an 'Epic'. Where's the fire of 'A Northern Soul'? The Innovation of 'Storm In Heaven'? Or the hook-laden melodies of "Urban Hymns? The only reason I can find for justifying buying this album is that at least you get to hear brief flashes of what was once a hugely talented and intense group of musicians. I'm sure I'm not alone in being slightly frustrated that Forth isn't what we were hoping for. However, despite this I am still glad they're back! Let us all hope that there is more to come because they are still a very special group of musicians and I'm not convinced the world has realized this yet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Greveson on 27 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
The album opens brilliantly with 'Sit and Wonder' and 'Love is Noise' rivalling the best Verve tracks. 'Rather Be' has the difficult task of following such strong songs but changes the tone of the album fluidly and is a good track in itself.

However the three mediocre songs of 'Judas', 'Numbness' (does exactly what it says on the tin) and 'I See Houses' follow and this is the major problem with this album. By the time these tracks are over you are left feeling bored and the album feeling dead and lifeless.

'Noise Epic' tries to pick up the tempo in typical Verve fashion and 'Valium Skies' is a hidden gem on this album. 'Mama Soul' and 'Appalachian Springs' finish the album off nicely but the album struggles to recover from its lacklustre middle section.

In conclusion there are some GREAT songs on here and the rest are mainly good but the few weak tracks have been allowed to dominate. I'd give this album 3.5 out of 5.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Father Merrin on 2 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album over 6 six times now. Being a Verve fan (who loves all their work) I've tried to like this album, I really have, but I must be honest with myself & admit that's it's pretty poor.

From a Verve fan's point of view this album is only interesting because you can hear all the tensions in band.

- You can tell when Ashcroft & McCabe were getting on with songs like "Sit And Wonder", "Valium Skies" & "Appalachian Springs".

- You can tell when they weren't talking with songs like "Judas", "Numbness" & "Columbo".

- & you can tell when they've just given up & Ashcroft has quickly brought in his own stuff like "Rather Be" & "I See Houses".

Now I know all Verve albums require multiple listens to get the most out of them, so it's not like I've rushed to judgements with Forth. But lets be honest here, Forth is their weakest album. Oddly the album is over produced & yet some songs are under developed, "Noise Epic" being the best example of this.

What's annoying is that for years Richard Ashcroft's solo career has been panned where now Forth is being hyped up, yet there's songs on this album that could easily be on any Richard Ashcroft record.

Lets be honest here if this album was called "Richard Ashcroft - Forth" would anyone give a damn about this album? For those of you who can't be honest with yourself let me tell you the answer is.... NO!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Howe on 26 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
A great album and a great return for the Verve. Not as many stand-out, memorable tracks as Urban Hymns, but there are plenty of great tunes here. The opening tracks "Sit And Wonder" and "Love Is Noise" are classic Verve songs. And the final track "Appalachian Springs" is a beautifully written masterpiece. The rest of the album is also full of great soundscapes. Needs playing through from start to finish a few times before it really sinks in!

The bonus DVD is a nice little extra, but could have been better. The "Space & Time: The Verve Documentary" isn't really much of an insightful documentary. It's only 25 minutes of Nick & Simon saying how great it is to be back playing again after 10 years, interspersed with voxpop clips of fans saying how great it is the band are back together again, and short clips of live performances from the 2007/08 tour. More enjoyable is "The Verve: Live At Coachella, April 2008" which consists of the five tracks: Sonnet, This Is Music, The Rolling People, Lucky Man and Love Is Noise. These are all great live performances, especially Lucky Man and Love Is Noise. However it would have been nice to see more of the gig than just these 5 tracks.
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