Urban Hymns review by Verve

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  • Released: Sep 30, 1997
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 10 (27 votes)
Verve: Urban Hymns
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Overall Impression — 10
A superb album. 13 outstanding tracks, perhaps with the exception of "Neon Wilderness". The album opens with "Bittersweet Symphony", an amazing track, which mixes excellent vocals with the drums and guitars of the band and strings which also appear on many other songs. "Sonnet" is also an excellent song, especially to sing along to. "The Rolling People" is loader, with Nick Mcabe's lead guitar very much in evidence. "Everyone knows The Drug's Don't Work", a track Ashcroft has been working on for years and has achieved one of the best results on the album. A song full of emotion and beautiful strings. The album slows down for the next few tracks, with "Catching the Buttefly" followed by "Neon Wilderness", a largely musical track. "Space and Time" is another track written by Ashcroft himself, this is the main difference between this album and the misunderstood Verve of old, the majority are written by Ashcroft. "Weeping Willow" is another super song. Track 9, "Lucky Man", is possibly the best on the album. Once again, the strings appear, and the way the line 'Oh my, my' is sung prevents it from being anything but awe inspiring. "One Day", "This Time" and "Velvet Morning" are another three excellent tracks that are easy on the ear. A touch of The Verve of old comes through in "Come On", with the majority of the track being musical, and the vocal crazed. All in all, this is an outstanding album.

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