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Northern Soul by Verve
every one has heard urban hymns but in reality this album is better. it does not contain any top 10 hits but every tune is solid. i was surprised this band never made it big in Canada, hardly ever hear them. great vocals, good guitars and excellent lyrics. their from scotland, they must be good. Lol. if you enjoy good rock'n'roll you will like...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor
Having bought this based on the great reviews on Amazon, i feel a bit duped. There are some good songs and some great moments here. The ballads are spine tingling and the guitar work is great on the more extended jams. "On Your Own" is a stand out track. But even stronger tracks like "History" only hint at the more lyrically and musically sound...
Published on Jan. 15 2001 by K. Hernandez


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3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor, Jan. 15 2001
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K. Hernandez "kyle88" (Chicago, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
Having bought this based on the great reviews on Amazon, i feel a bit duped. There are some good songs and some great moments here. The ballads are spine tingling and the guitar work is great on the more extended jams. "On Your Own" is a stand out track. But even stronger tracks like "History" only hint at the more lyrically and musically sound "Urban Hymns". It seems like there's a lot of off the cuff wordplay going on that just doesn't work on this album. The production is another matter and usually I don't care about production. Guided By Voices "Bee Thousand" sounds horrible but i still think it's a great album. The engineers should be shot for putting this out as it is and the Verve should never have let this get out by approving this final mix. This sounds at times like it was recorded in an empty bar. To be commended is the guitar playing especially the last 12 minute reprise track. It is stellar. But beware the hype...
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5.0 out of 5 stars like it, Feb. 23 2010
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Northern Soul by Verve
every one has heard urban hymns but in reality this album is better. it does not contain any top 10 hits but every tune is solid. i was surprised this band never made it big in Canada, hardly ever hear them. great vocals, good guitars and excellent lyrics. their from scotland, they must be good. Lol. if you enjoy good rock'n'roll you will like this album. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the 90s, yet unknown by many, March 4 2004
This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
If you know of the Verve as the "Bittersweet Symphony" song and the Urban Hymns album, then you're definitely missing out on what the Verve is all about. A Northern Soul is in many ways, even better than Urban Hymns. Soul hads a slightly harder sound, with songs like "A New Decade","This is Music", the title track "A Northern Soul", and "No Knock on My Door". But the album also contains ballads like the excellent "On Your Own" and "So It Goes". It also contains a song that sounds a lot a track from Urban Hymns, which is "History". It also contains a few songs that sound a lot like A Storm in Heaven, their debut album, these being "Stormy Clouds", "Life's An Ocean", and "Drive You Home" All in all, the album has the right balance of sound, and at times, it's simply amazing. The album does have a weak song or two, one of which is "Drive You Home" But one of the best things I like about this album is being able to understand most of the lyrics. In their previous albums, the lyrics are echoed out and tough to hear, but A Northern Soul is much better, with Richard Ashcroft's lyrics coming to the front of the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting transistion, April 20 2003
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Gene Kim (New York City, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
The Verve is one of the greatest bands in the world, having been able to weild atmospheric and spacy tunes with soul-searing vocals. However, their third album is a stark change from the charged atmospherics of their first two albums. Compared to their other work, this album is very mellow and dark but pulls it off with swagger (This Is Music, A New Decade), an epic scope (History) and downright creepy instrumentation (Stormy Clouds). Listening to these songs produces imagery of rain, abandoned buildings and desolation, but in the end, it manages to paint a powerful portrait of a darkness. However, the album's true power comes in the fact that The Verve synthesized its atmospheres from its first album and the lyrical power from A Northern Soul and created the masterpiece Urban Hymns. An interesting transistion for one of the most interesting bands in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Heaven, Nov. 30 2003
This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
This album contains "History", one of the finest indie anthems of the 90's. For that reason only, it gets a 5 out of five from me!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential, Aug. 12 2003
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This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
This album attains a level of perfection few bands ever achieve. Everything is perfect, from construction of individual songs to the over-arcing concept of the record as a whole. Intense, beautiful, frightening, mesmerizing: absolutely superlative. Best part of the album: the two psychadelic jams ("Brainstorm Interlude" and "Reprise") that end each half. And has a guitar ever sounded as simultaneously visceral and spacy as Nick McCabe's? Awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Hymns is for fools, WE are all northern souls..., April 14 2003
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"hipgnotica" (Indiana, Pa. United States) - See all my reviews
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Okay, hello fellow Verve listeners and amateurs alike. This is the best verve album, Urban Hymns cannot compare to this mastery. The first track is called A new Decade, and it shows that the verve can rock as well as show it's perfect ambient side. The seconbd track is the aptly titled "This Is Music", Which when I first heard it, I knew what music was. n your own is probably my least favorite track. The next track, so it goes, is half hard half not, and I enjoy it. A spotlight in the album is track five, A Northern Soul. This song not only rocks, but it's lyrical intensity gives me chills, when he [Richard Ashcroft] screams... I'M GONNA DIE ALONE IN BED, You'll understand pain and suffering of emotions. The brainstorm Interlude is still proof that they can rock out. Drive you home shows the incredible beauties of what they have done. History is a string-laced piece of art, I only wish the strings wouldn't be so piercing. No Knock on my door is just a bluesy beauty. Life's an ocean is a true gem ... "Imagined the future, woke up with a scream, I was buying some feelings, from a vending machine" Thats the shi*. Stormy clouds is a great song, but not the best, and the final reprise is the most incredible guitar work and emotional song that is instrumental that I have ever heard. I own so many good CD's, and this one is definitely in my top five. Buy this after Urban Hymns, only if you like the song The Rolling people and Come on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, Nov. 29 2002
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D. Padilla (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
This album is just that. Everytime I listen to it I want to pick up the guitar and make music just like this.
The emotion I feel when I listen to this album, is hard to describe. It takes me to a place where it's raining averyday. Thunders, winds, everything.
'So it Goes' and 'History' are breathtaking. History is so sad and desperate it's hard to sing along and not crack my voice.
This album is essential. Listen to it, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the verve, July 11 2002
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This review is from: A Northern Soul (Audio CD)
This record is one of the finest by any band ever. Ashcroft and McCabe take all their influences Marvin Gaye, Sly and the family stone, The roses and craft somethin unique I cannot describe how much this record has touched me, influenced me helped me right thro' the hard times buy it you can't lose
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album, June 22 2002
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Although the Verve is really only known for Bittersweet Symphony from 1997, they've been around longer than that. This CD runs across all emotions, from elation to introspection to the hopelessness of drug addiction. It is the type of CD that you can put in and listen straight through without having to skip over any bad tracks. I find that the rawness of the sound on this CD is one of the best things about it, and it fits the lyrics perfectly. Speaking of lyrics, there are so many gems in this CD I couldn't list them, but even in the CD booklet there are just simple 2-line quotes from the songs that are mostly profound. In my opinion, there are at least 6 or 7 'classic' songs on this CD. A must have CD for anyone who enjoys music.
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