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The Verve are back! One of the biggest selling and more influential bands of the last ten years have reformed and recorded an album of new material. After the sucess of 'Urban Hymns', which to date has sold 3 million copies in the UK, 'Forth' is a true return to form, and the first single 'Love Is Noise' looks set to become a festival anthem this summer.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Triumphant Return! Aug. 26 2008
By Kyle F. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
A Masterpiece Revival for a group that clearly creates something special when they get together. Regardless of the relationship between Richard and Nick, they make otherworldly good music in collaboration. Singles are surely "Love Is Noise" and "Sit and Wonder"--with strong guitar lines, exploding rhythms and Ashcroft's vocal instrument at the top of its game with rises and falls and memorable lyrical work. Other highlights include "Rather Be", "Judas" and "Valium Skies". I was lucky enough to see them live in NYC in the early summer and now I am just thankful the album finally came together--it was well worth the wait. I could go on and on with a deep analysis of Richard's introspection, soul-searching, life-wondering--as well as the evolved musicianship of the band, but I will leave that to your own discovery. They have again created something timeless but contemporary that rivals even, dare I say, "A Northern Soul" or "Urban Hymns". In sum, thank you to the band, Forth is gold in its own right but yet a fine continuation from an already unmatched legacy.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Doesnt beat Urban Hymns but good nonetheless Aug. 26 2008
By techmannn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most "reunion" CD's are disappointing and many are downright terrible. Verve breaks the trend by offering 10 tracks that range from good to great. Most tracks are closer to "good," but there's no denying that this CD stands fine along side with Verve's 3 CD's from the 90's. If anything the tracks we get this time are more akin to their first "shoegazer" CD "Storm in Heaven," than the 2 later "rock" albums. Most of the tracks are quiet and long length and often have a nice (to me at least) bassy drone sound. Melodies are less constantly present but they are there. The studio production quality is uniformly excellent.

If you're not a fan of Verve, this is not the first CD to buy. Get Urban Hymns first if you're curious about the band. Also if you can find their recent Glastonbury 2008 concert on video, it is worth it. They peform the "hits" plus "Love is Noise" and they play in truly excellent form.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
DVD is not what it says on the box! Sept. 5 2008
By K. murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was very excited to receive the box set and it's very nice......However the DVD (the reason I bought the box set) is advertised as featuring a documentary and a Live at Coachella Set, but the Live set is missing from the DVD and only the documentary exists....this may be an issue with the entire pressing...
Nice collectors item but a shame the DVD is not complete
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good, but falls short of expectations Sept. 24 2008
By David Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having purchase almost any and all previous releases of the Verve (including singles), I was extremely excited to hear of a new release. But I was disappointed that they failed to trail-blaze and deliver as they had in the past.

THE GOOD:
Rather be, Judas, I see houses, Valium skies, and Appalachian Springs

THE BAD:
The rest of the songs.

THE UGLY:
* Poor mixing job. The guitar work if phenomenal, but TOO FAR BACK in the mix.
* Too much of a Richard Ashcroft solo carrier influence. I like him. But this is a VERVE album.
* The remaining songs tried too hard to seem ground breaking or ecliptic.
* Should have stuck to their existing pioneering sound and do what they do best

Overall it is a good album and definitely has its gems worth purchasing. But I'm used to celebrating 90+% of a Verve album. This one could have delivered better. Perhaps a different producer would have prevented the BAD from ever coming out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Forgivably familiar Sept. 18 2008
By P. Cusick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While not as well-known to us Yanks as other Brits, The Verve has been churning out dreamy soundscapes since'89. Fronted by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft and driven by guitarist Nick McCabe, the quartet has cultivated a reputation for embracing experimentation, both musically and pharmaceutically. The latter led to a collection of break-ups and personnel shifts, solo projects and strained reunions. This, the third act in the drama-Verve, ushers in the first new material from the original lineup since `97's critical and commercial success, Urban Hymns.

While the often-times adversarial relationship between Ashcroft and McCabe, along with the requisite drug abuse and break-ups, could be easily passed off as rock & roll cliché, The Verve, however, should not. Ashcroft, assertively sporting a self-assigned personality cult, has absorbed a fair amount of lashing from fans and critics alike for being a right prat, while drawing equal amounts of credit and admiration from the very same crowd. McCabe, if given a free pass for his penchant to ingest any volume of mind-altering chemicals, could easily be regarded as the most talented and innovative guitarist to emerge since The Edge. This mix has produced sublime results over the years.

Forth, their newest offering in more than a decade, sees The Verve not reinventing their formula, but revisiting it. Ashcroft's solo stint may have enjoyed the loyalty of Verve fans and critics past, but clearly lacked the impact of McCabe's remarkable gifts. Forth shines a light on each artist's compliment to the other; one's munchies to the other's spliff, if you will. They may get on like cats in a sack at times, but the results can be magnificent. Forth hardly qualifies as their best work, but is certainly emblematic of both their group dynamic and their collective talent as an outfit. At their best, they are brilliant; at their worst, they're still better than most.

Bottom line: if you're a fan, you'll buy it anyhow. If not, start from the first release and work your way through. It's quite a trip.


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