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Calling it a day in early 1999 was probably the best thing the Verve ever did, as it meant that they quit when they were at the pinnacle of their success, sparing their faithful followers an unsightly degeneration. Urban Hymns is a fitting final testament to Wigan's favourite sons, as Richard Ashcroft and Nick McCabe temporarily buried the hatchet and reformed one of Britain's greatest songwriting partnerships since Lennon and McCartney. From the unmistakable introductory chords of "Bittersweet Symphony" to the sheer pop perfection of "Lucky Man" via stoner rock-outs like "Weeping Willow" and the call to arms that is "Come On", every track justifies its presence by being part of a cohesive whole. Their previous album A Northern Soul was already marked down in the annals of rock history as a classic; Urban Hymns surpasses it and then some. --Helen Marquis --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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1. Bitter Sweet Symphony (10/10)- The violin music in the beginning sets the tone for the entire piece, and I love it. This has no competition- it's my favorite song.
2. Sonnet (9/10) I think I might be a little prejudiced with this song, because you can see what comes before it... it's a sweet song, but it doesn't really compare...
3. The Rolling People (10/10) I love this song, as well. It shows a different side of The Verve, and it's great, too. This one isn't slow... good contrast.
4. The Drugs Don't Work (9/10)- Very soulful.
5. Catching the Butterfly (10/10) 'I'm gonna keep catching that butterfly in that dream of mine...' great melody, and I love the lyrics...
6. Neon Wilderness (7/10) This song sounds like it wasn't finished... my least favorite. I usually skip through this one.
7. Space and Time (10/10) I love the 'I just can't make it alone' part of this song... makes my want to sing... or perhaps jump up and dance. Either one.
8. Weeping Willow (10/10) You never hear the lyrics 'weeping willow' in this song until the very end, but when you do, they really mean something. Not quite sure WHAT, but something...
9. Lucky Man (10/10)- I love this one, as well.
10. One Day (10/10) The lyrics and the song are both so sweet in this song...
11. This Time (8/10)- I like this one, but not quite as much as the others.
12. Velvet Morning (10/10) I love when the music changes from soft and slow to loud and a bit wilder... It's like, 'dumdumdumdumdum- ANOTHER VELVET MORNING FOR ME.' Kinda takes you by surprise. :)
13. Come On (10/10)- Perfect ending...Read more ›
I remember I was browsing through a CD store when I first heard "Bittersweet Symphony." It immediately caught my attention, and I stood rooted on the spot just listening. Very few times has an album jolted me like that, but this was one of those times. I asked the clerk who this was and he said that it was from the new album by The Verve. After "Bittersweet" was over, he told me to hold on and listen to "Lucky Man." It was after that I was sold -- I had to buy the album.
On this album, you get 13 little masterpieces -- there's not a filler track in the bunch. Besides the excellent songwriting, the production is outstanding. I haven't heard such a good mix of strings since Tony Visconti's work with T. Rex -- just listen to "Lucky Man," "Bittersweet Symphony," or "Sonnet" for proof.
The only downside is that the group broke up after this -- their finest moment! Of all the dumb luck. While Richard Ashcroft has gone on to do a couple of solo albums, they don't seem to capitalize on what The Verve had done on this album. Yes, he's the voice, the did much of the writing, but as the old saying goes: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Best album of the 1990's? This one, no question about it. After the Britney's, the Justin's, and all the other drivel from that era fades, this will be one of the albums people look back upon fondly. Rating: A+
Most recent customer reviews
Well I bought it for myself but my 15 year old son has taken it. It's excellentPublished 7 days ago by Stephen Wheeler
superb album, Best repress of a 90s album I've heard in ages. Very impressed. and I mean VERY...... get yourself a UK pressing if you can..Published 3 months ago by Chris Winter
I've always loved this album on CD but it was pretty worn so I added it to my vinyl collection. I love the sound of it on vinyl and really appreciate the quality of the 180 gram... Read morePublished on July 8 2013 by Jon G
Love this band, can't get enough of them........
Have heard the tracks before, though I have not received the ordered item yet... They are pretty one of the biggest breakthroughs!!!Published on Oct. 23 2009 by Tang T. Yu
Boring typical british new romantic crap. To say this album can stand the test of time is a joke! There are plenty of copies in the second hand record shops already! Read morePublished on June 26 2004
Too bad Verve are no longer together. At least they were able to release something as monumental as "Urban Hymns" before they disbanded. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Ayman Alam
Like most people, I fell in love with The Verve after hearing "Bittersweet Symphony". I heard it on Cruel Intentions, and then bought the soundtrack. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Galen
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