- Audio CD (25 Aug. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B001BZZ292
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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)
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 McKennaSee all Product description
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And rather than just record old B Sides (not a bad idea) they seem to of written an entire album of new songs.
If you are going to compare this record to some of The Verves other albums like their first 3, I think you might be slightly missing the point.
Its a good album, not ground or earth changing but its still decent.
The music is definitely atmospheric as the cover of the album says.
Appalachian Sprints is a very moody dark and atmospheric type song unlike The Verve have ever done.
Sit and Wonder probably could of been swapped for some of the songs that didn't make the record, which were a bit strong than ones like I see Houses.
Its more of a record to remind people they are still here, and after so long doing not much at all it is great to have them back.
I do think The Verve will return sometime in the future, Richard Ashcrofts solo records can only get better I think, but next time they really should go for making Urban Hymns part 2.
The Verve take too long between records now to make that life changing album I think, and they have not made it yet, but I am sure it is in them somewhere.
Had this album come out in 1999? Well it would of fitted quite well, considering the dark and moody type music scenes and charts at the time.
It was just what was needed.
It also shows that The Verve had heaps more great albums in them after 1998.
Take the time to listen to some of the off cuts from this record like Mahummad Ali and Blue Pacific Ocean and B Sides All Night Long.
Because its been so long it is hard to compare this to their albums before...but on repeated listens, with time taken to listen to the B Sides and songs that did not make the actual album, you will be very surprised and impressed with what you hear.
Very promising record from this band.
Problem is, after Urban Hymns there will be many out there who will just expect a re-hash of that but you are much better off expecting musical development because that is exactly what you will find here. The Verve are no Oasis who just churn out the same thing again and again (Powerful opening, ironic nostalgic 3rd track, Southern rock influenced 5th track, faster punkier 7th track, Beatles re-hash 9th track and album fillers for the rest) The Verve are not afraid to experiment with their music, the track "Judas" has all the potential of a classic and to be honest I am glad to have heard it here on the album before it gets played to death on the radio like "Lucky man" did.
Its not so much that the first 2 or 3 tracks are the best and the rest fail to deliver. Rather its that some of them are slightly more mellow. In a way Storm in Heaven was a bit like this.
Definitely one I will be putting on the ipod and playing on the way to work, listening to of an evening an basically, one I recommend.
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Love anything by the verve so this album will go into my fast growing collection