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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not long after the release of A Northern Soul, the Verve imploded due to friction between vocalist Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe. It looked like the band had ended before reaching its full potential, which is part of the reason why their third album, Urban Hymns -- recorded after the pair patched things up in late 1996 -- is so remarkable. Much of the record consists of songs Ashcroft had intended for a solo project or a new group, yet Urban Hymns unmistakably sounds like the work of a full band, with its sweeping, grandiose soundscapes and sense of purpose. The Verve have toned down their trancy, psychedelic excursions, yet haven't abandoned them ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not long after the release of A Northern Soul, the Verve imploded due to friction between vocalist Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe. It looked like the band had ended before reaching its full potential, which is part of the reason why their third album, Urban Hymns -- recorded after the pair patched things up in late 1996 -- is so remarkable. Much of the record consists of songs Ashcroft had intended for a solo project or a new group, yet Urban Hymns unmistakably sounds like the work of a full band, with its sweeping, grandiose soundscapes and sense of purpose. The Verve have toned down their trancy, psychedelic excursions, yet haven't abandoned them -- if anything, they sound more muscular than before, whether it's the trippy "Catching the Butterfly" or the pounding "Come On." These powerful, guitar-drenched rockers provide the context for Ashcroft's affecting, string-laden ballads, which give Urban Hymns its hurt. The majestic "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and the heartbreaking, country-tinged "The Drugs Don't Work" are an astonishing pair, two anthemic ballads that make the personal universal, thereby sounding like instant classics. They just are the tip of the iceberg -- "Sonnet" is a lovely, surprisingly understated ballad, "The Rolling People" has a measured, electric power, and many others match their quality. Although it may run a bit too long for some tastes, Urban Hymns is a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary. It is the album the Verve have been striving to make since their formation, and it turns out to be worth all the wait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/1997
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384491321
  • Catalog Number: 44913
  • Sales rank: 8,637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bittersweet Symphony (5:58)
  2. 2 Sonnet (4:21)
  3. 3 The Rolling People (7:01)
  4. 4 The Drugs Don't Work (5:05)
  5. 5 Catching the Butterfly (6:26)
  6. 6 Neon Wilderness (2:37)
  7. 7 Space and Time (5:36)
  8. 8 Weeping Willow (4:49)
  9. 9 Lucky Man (4:53)
  10. 10 One Day (5:03)
  11. 11 This Time (3:50)
  12. 12 Velvet Morning (4:57)
  13. 13 Come On (15:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Verve Primary Artist
Simon Jones Bass Guitar
Richard Ashcroft Guitar, Vocals
Nick McCabe Guitar
Peter Salisbury Drums
Will Malone Conductor
Simon Tong Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Youth Producer
The Verve Producer
Chris Potter Engineer
Mel Wesson Programming
Will Malone String Arrangements
Brian Cannon Director
Mathew Sankey Director
Martin Catherall Director
Christopher Marc Potter Producer, Engineer
Paul Anthony Taylor Programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Remembering the Tune from an Apple Commercial

    The Verve signature tune is good to listen to when working.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Files of Phantom Critic !

    Quite possibly "One of the Greatest British Albums", the Verve creates a mid-tempo classic. The songs are about love, loneliness, hope, and personal philosophy. Richard Ashcroft sings with great spirit and the music is etched with precision, making every note important. The Verve's best! ***POSITIVES - Brilliant! A Modern Day Classic! ***NEGATIVES - Not necessarily for heavy rockers. ***Note: The Verve broke up in 1998.***STAND-OUT TRACKS - "Bittersweet Symphony", "Sonnet", "The Rolling People", "The Drugs Don't Work", "Space and Time", "Lucky Man"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it

    i love this cd. it was because of track one that makes it so heart stopping

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just bought it 9/5/04

    I bought it based on a song I heard in the movie "Girl Next Door" (Lucky Man) and I was not disappointed!! I have listened to it about 10 times already and it gets better everytime. I especially like tracks #1,8, 9,11. I just wish they hadn't split up, I'd love to hear more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet symphony is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For a long long long time years in fact I have heard the sweet symphony song but never knew what it's name was. Now I know, I feel uplifted. It is a amazing song with beautiful singing and that dramatic strings in the backround is powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH DEAR GOD!

    WOW! Thats all i have to say...that is by far the greatest albums I've ever had the pleasure to hear! I usually call albums CD's but this definately deserves to be on my ALBUM shelf! Keep up the GRAND WORK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love the CD.....

    I love this CD. I'm only 13, but I know good music when I hear it! I think that the songs are all true and that it's a real shame that they don't have another cd after this. I would love to meet the verb personally!!! I love their songs!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    10 stars!!

    what an amazing album that gets better and better with each listen! emotional and sad, yet uplifting in many ways...you'll be dancing like a fool and screaming ''come on'' with richard on the last track or you'll be lying on your bed singing softly to The Drugs Don't Work...this definitely is an emotional roller coaster ride you'll be taking over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mind Blowing!!!!!!!!

    What can I say, as soon as the strings of Bitter Sweet Symphony hit you you're transported into a new world!! Flying high above reality, a rollercoster of emotions taking you back through memories lost and found! This album will mess with your mind man!! Keep cathing the butterfly and Come on are classic and the guitar solo on The Rolling people will blow you away!!! Weeping willow and This time are undiscribable and velvet morning will take you to the peaks of reality!! In the words of Ashcroft ' To write about the peaks you have to reach them and to write about the depths you have to go there aswell!!!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    urban hymns , one of the best albums of the decade?

    The Verve may have some termoil, but they make great music. Every song on the album is excellent and worth listening to.

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