It's hard to believe that a whole decade has passed since Urban Hymns came out. Where has the time gone?!
Whilst so much has changed since then, this albums sounds great just like it always did. "Lucky Man" has to be the best track for me. Just that one song alone is enough to counterbalance the darker, brooding quality of many of the other tracks - which are also excellent. Whether Urban Hymns was Ashroft's "finest hour" or not is debatable. It's certainly what The Verve are best remembered for. I am still checking out their back catalogue.
This album reminds me of my first job. It reminds me of Princess Diana's passing. It reminds me of seeing The Verve live at the Haigh Hall in Wigan. I always remember everyone on the train on the way to the concert was listening to this album. All that mattered was music, and everyone was cool with everyone (not in a hippy way). It was amazing!
For a few years before The Verve's "Urban Hymns," Oasis were appreciated for bringing a refreshing and honest integrity with well-crafted songs, intelligent lyrics, great melodies. The Verve did all of this too - with style! Love this album. Highly recommended.