This is gorgeous 'Verve' (from 1992 not the re-release in 2004 under the evolved name 'The Verve') pre-commercial 'success' back when they were rightfully beloved all the more by the devoted few. The album cover intimates exactly what's to come, Dali-esque dramatism, mystic and solitude. On 'Gravity Grave(extended version)', the heady mix of incessant backbeat disintegrating, awash with McCabe's typically lush soundscape of their early period and the mesmerising "to me you're like the setting sun" vocal (before Ashcroft's ebullient later years) combine to pull the listener in to make you do just that - listen. The additional tracks, 'Endless Life' and the two live tracks are hardly classics in their own right but nonetheless cluster jewels to hold the greater magic of the title diamond aloft. This is music to drive by night or winter light to, over great distance, towards the one you love. You will get there, she'll be waiting and oh so happy to see you. Glorious.
(Check out 1993's full-length album debut 'A Storm in Heaven', if you haven't already, if you like this....well, let's just say it gets even better.)