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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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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.
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.
Rather be, Judas, I see houses, Valium skies, and Appalachian Springs
The rest of the songs.
* 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.
Nice collectors item but a shame the DVD is not complete
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