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A Storm In Heaven

The Verve Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Five years before the group's Urban Hymns broke the band into the mainstream, The Verve's first full-length effort, A Storm in Heaven, gave incredible insight into the band's ability to mesmerize it's audience. Hypnotic vocals courtesy of vocalist Richard Ashcroft and layered musical textures from the band make for an incredible, memorable album. This is not the stuff of background music but instead best suited to provide the soundtrack for a candlelit, incense-filled Saturday night. Perhaps the band's best effort to date. --Denise Sheppard

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5.0 out of 5 stars What Heaven Sounds Like July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite albums. I, like many others, first discovered the most awesome of modern bands--The Verve--when they released their breakthrough single Bittersweet Symphony and its companion album Urban Hymns.
I do believe that The Verve were one of the greatest rock groups to come along in quite some time, and I find it hard to pigeonhole them into any category or movement, although they had the shoegazer influences of their time, as well as a wondrous penchant for psychedelia that even blows away many of the bands of the late '60s. I have all three of their major albums, and cherish the songs of Ashcroft and Co. but this will forever remain my favorite. I agree with many reviewers who have said that the few who deeply appreciate this album are affected by it, it leaves an imprint on the inner soul.
The entire album is an enrapturing voyage: challenging, nocturnal, twilight-filled, and a perfect chaser for drugs or other substances (if you are the type). In all actuality, this album IS a drug on its own level.
Take the chance and buy this or burn it. In my opinion, this is the closest thing to musical paradise.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing. June 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album could have been a good one if it weren't for two things. Number one, the sound quality of A Storm In Heaven is just plain horrible. Ashcroft's vocals are just about nonexistant, as McCabe's guitars steal all of the glory throughout nearly the entire recording. Even some of the guitar work in this album is atrocious. As one reviewer said, parts of this album sound like a 'bad bootleg'. Another reason why ASIH gets two stars is because of the poor songwriting by Ashcroft. Before I bought this album I was expecting to hear thought-provoking, heartfelt lyrics and some decent guitar work. Well, the guitars deliver somewhat, but there were no lyrics that brought out any emotions whatsoever. "I must be feeling alone...I talked to God in a phonebox on my way home. I told you my answer...I left you my dreams on your answering machine." These are the kind of lyrics that you'll find on Urban Hymns(check out A Northern Soul too). Giving this album two stars is very generous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Expanding April 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
I usually read reviews, but I had to share my opinion on this album. Like many other of the reviewers here, this album is an obsession for me. A friend recommended many years ago and gave me a copy but I couldn't get past the atmospherics and jam quality of the music. So it sat on my shelf off and on. A few years later I put this disc on my new upgraded speakers and was floored by the sheer level of power and grace of the music. Up and down the songs push and pull against Richard's vocals and lyrics which fill in the instruments and not the other way around. I've had this album on loop for probably the last 2 years and it never gets tired. It's an album that is not for everybody, but for those who get it are permanently changed.
Side note: I do think that this album lends itself well to drugs especially for those of you who partake. Lights off, volume up, some herbal enhancement and you're Already There.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set Adrift.... Jan. 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums. I am a big Spiritualized fan, and this album on first listen reminded me of them in a big way. It feels so dreamy and textured, and the layering of all the songs is what really reminded me of Spiritualized. This particular album spends most of its time either in my cars CD player, or in one of the slots of my home CD player. The first song is my favorite, but all are excellent. Buy it, you wount be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time Faves Jan. 15 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I listen to everything from Slayer to Toto to James Brown to Louis Armstrong, and this is one of my all time faves. This is a life changing album. It showed me that there is so much more out there. It is a roller coaster for the senses which takes you up, down and all around to release you feeling inspired. Northern Soul and Urban Hymns seem as though they are simply albums which this band produced while on their creative demise. Almost as though "Storm" was the Climax. I feel fortunate to have seen this band live many times in Detroit and Grand Rapids in their early to mid-90's hey day. Simply Amazing. Many believe this is the first release from this band. Indeed it is their first full length release, but I suggest getting a copy of their "All in the mind" EP, Or the Verve EP if you dig this album. If it weren't for this band, my appreciation for music would have been so limited. But, it is not for everyone. If you have an open appreciation for true musical art, I would suggest getting a copy of this. LISTEN WITHOUT DISTRACTION!!PLEASE.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing excursion into the "wall of sound" Nov. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD reminds me of the old joke about the Grateful Dead fan. What did he say when he came down from his high? "Man, this music stinks!"
These are the type of songs that probably sound better live. I don't know - I can't really hear them here. This is one of those CDs you have to keep turning up because it never sounds loud enough. It actually sounds like a bad bootleg at times.
The sound quality of "A Storm in Heaven" isn't poor- it's offensive. I don't understand why bands bury a record under waves of reverb - unless, of course, they have something to hide. In this case, it's probably the songs themselves: monotonous long-form grooves that drone on with no development or direction. On "Virtual World," the instruments actually sound out of tune. There's no hint of the brilliance that manifested itself on "Urban Hymns," one of the greatest albums of the 1990's and a personal favorite of mine (see my 5-star review of it here on Amazon.com).
Anyone intrigued by late 90's Verve would do well to skip this one and move on to Richard Ashcroft's fine solo records.
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Published on May 5 2003 by P. Steele
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of monotonous...
If you like shoegazing music, you'll like this. If you like the strong melodies and lyrics of the Bittersweet Symphony era Verve, this is a little disappointing. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by R. von Kries
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Published on March 30 2003 by A. Laitres
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