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UK double vinyl LP pressing of the 2008 reunion album from the Britpopsters includes two bonus tracks: 'Ma Ma Soul' and 'Muhammad Ali'. One of the biggest selling and more influential bands of the last ten years have refor... more »
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UK double vinyl LP pressing of the 2008 reunion album from the Britpopsters includes two bonus tracks: 'Ma Ma Soul' and 'Muhammad Ali'. 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 success of Urban Hymns, which to date has sold three 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. EMI.
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Doesnt beat Urban Hymns but good nonetheless
techmannn | New York, NY United States | 08/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most "reunion" CD's are disappointing and many are downright terrible. Verve breaks the trend by offering 10 tracks that range from good to great. Most tracks are closer to "good," but there's no denying that this CD stands fine along side with Verve's 3 CD's from the 90's. If anything the tracks we get this time are more akin to their first "shoegazer" CD "Storm in Heaven," than the 2 later "rock" albums. Most of the tracks are quiet and long length and often have a nice (to me at least) bassy drone sound. Melodies are less constantly present but they are there. The studio production quality is uniformly excellent.
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.
A Triumphant Return!
Kyle F. Sherwin | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A Masterpiece Revival for a group that clearly creates something special when they get together. Regardless of the relationship between Richard and Nick, they make otherworldly good music in collaboration. Singles are surely "Love Is Noise" and "Sit and Wonder"--with strong guitar lines, exploding rhythms and Ashcroft's vocal instrument at the top of its game with rises and falls and memorable lyrical work. Other highlights include "Rather Be", "Judas" and "Valium Skies". I was lucky enough to see them live in NYC in the early summer and now I am just thankful the album finally came together--it was well worth the wait. I could go on and on with a deep analysis of Richard's introspection, soul-searching, life-wondering--as well as the evolved musicianship of the band, but I will leave that to your own discovery. They have again created something timeless but contemporary that rivals even, dare I say, "A Northern Soul" or "Urban Hymns". In sum, thank you to the band, Forth is gold in its own right but yet a fine continuation from an already unmatched legacy."
Enough with comparing it to Urban Hymns already!!
J. Blydenburgh | Farmingdale,NY | 01/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I realize after reading many of these reviews that you are younger than me and did not get introduced to Verve's music until Urban Hymns. I am a 38 year old man who was 23 at the time when in '93, these outrageous wall to wall, full flanger, Chorus pedals on 10 echoing sounds were coming from the second stage at Lollapalooza in New Jersey. I was wandering away from the first stage while Arrested Development were playing and was drawn to the majestic sounds. For the next forty minutes or so, I and just a 100 more were fixated on the tranquility this band bestowed upon us. It was an unbelievable experience. Of course, the band was Verve. all the music played was from A Storm in Heaven. I made sure I owned that tape (yes, tape! ) before I went back to college. I must have played that tape in my dorm room endlessly that semester. To this day, THAT album is monumental. Yes, The Verve changed, and it wasn't a bad change but when I think of where The Verve really peaked, it was actually their first album.
This reunion album is good, and it certainly is Verve. ButI don't think I can ever experience that first euphoria I felt when I first heard them, and live at that. Not the band's fault. Just an amazing experience and I truly believe that no other piece of Verve music can compare to ASIH"