Storm in Heaven
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A Storm in Heaven
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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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.
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.
Those who enjoy post-Pink Floyd/Beatles psychedelia, those who can identify and appreciate innovative guitar geniuses or those who merely like more soothing yet dangerous soundscapes will invariably be intrigued by this album. So save your high-horse for the world you know something about, classic jazz. I'll do you the same favor by not telling young, potential Miles fans not to pay any heed to that chaotic, rackety horn player.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on June 20 2004
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Amichai Matalon
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! Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Eddie Konczal
On par with albums such as "Definately Maybe" by Oasis and "The Stone Roses" "A Storm in Heaven" is argueably one of the greatest British Rock debuts... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003
Milkbaby believes This album by the verve is there best work,Stargazing I call this.This is the kind of music you listen to on Psychadelic drugs(someday I shall try this but not... Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Avant-Garde Teen 2518
I first heard "Slide Away" on the soundtrack of an obscure movie called "The New Age" (well worth a look, BTW). Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by P. Steele
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 morePublished on April 25 2003 by R. von Kries
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