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It's no Urban Hymns, but...,
This review is from: Forth (Audio CD)
It's pretty damn good.
And to think that these guys have been away (as The Verve, of course), for over a decade, I think it's time to ask 'where the hell have you been'?
'Forth' took me by surprise. I HAVE read many negative reviews about this album, believe me (including some on here), but reviews mean opinions. Simple as that.
There are some absolute corkers on here, including the rousing 'Love Is Noise' in particular. I understand how it could put some people off with its different vocals (you know what I mean), but this is The Verve, and this is bloody good.
Ten tracks span over 65 minutes and it's fair to say that you get value for money, although some tracks maybe could have been a bit shorter. 'Noise Epic' is the longest track here at 8:14, but each song seems like a jamming session and the musicianship is so tight. Those saying that these guys have lost it are talking complete nonsense - just give it a listen and then voice your opinion.
Just because The Times or The Guardian gave it minus four thousand stars or whatever, it doesn't mean you should automatically listen to them and presume it's going to be rubbish. The proof is in the pudding.
It's not a matter of having to criticise these guys at every opportunity - but obviously some consider it 'cool' to do so. Richard Ashcroft, in particular, bears a lot of the criticism. Yes, his solo works were virtually rubbish (although 'Keys To The World' was ok actually), but it doesn't give a valid reason for criticising him. And yes, he may have a massive ego, but so what? Many frontmen do.
'Forth' is a damn good album, and well worth your time and attention. I mean, ten tracks that remind you of The Stone Roses-era, when jamming tunes were absolute corkers and worshipped around the land far and beyond.
Buy it. It's a brilliant album. 9/10.