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on 6 April 2005
Forgive the pun, but if you are looking for an amazingly celestial, atmospheric album then look no further! It takes you to some outer region of space where you can float in the music's sheer creativity and depth. I often wonder how this album creates such a unique, out-of-this-world feel; it must be a combination of Richard Ashcroft's hauntingly beautiful singing and many guitar effects. Star Sail is a brilliant example of this with its use of heavy guitars, background vocals, and the lyrics!! I recommend you look up the lyrics somewhere online as it completes the whole 'experience'. The fact that I can call this album an experience emphasises just how good it is.
Slide Away uses a catchy bass line and effectively builds up to a great climax, where Richard darts from low notes to high and the tone varies from thin to thick - fantastic! Blue has got to be one of my favourite songs, and I don't know exactly why, perhaps the captivating lyrics ("conceived in a chrome dream, I was a crease in a shirt that this world wears"), the variation of the vocals, the relationship between guitar and vocals; everything!
Every song has it's own attributes, and apart from the slightly weaker Virtual World and See You In The Next One they are all genius. But don't get me wrong, they are still good, but when played amongst pure classics (which is basically every other track) they come up a little short.
Forget Urban Hymns, it will seem artificial and shallow after you have given A Storm In Heaven a listen. A Northern Soul is also very good, perhaps in some ways it is better than ASIH, but in my opinion it can't match the sheer soul and atmosphere that this album contains.
Listen to it outside when it's starry. Listen to it when you're watching the sun set. And once you have, nearly every other album will seem totally insignificant in comparison.
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4.7 out of 5 stars