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Before they started The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe and Peter Salisbury used to gather in an old car, high above the hillsides around Wigan, gazing down over the town and wondering how they could avoid the anonymity that destiny seemed to be presenting them with. Their solution was to form a band, but even the wild-eyed dreamers couldn’t possibly have guessed just ... Read more in Amazon's The Verve Store

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vernon Yard Recordings
  • ASIN: B000000WJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I read one review which called this post-shoegazer.
Juliet Blake
I really love the first album more then the others...The songs have a special feel to them that just blows me away everytime I hear them.
sean eichert
This album by The Verve is one of the most important albums ever.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Soulsearcher on November 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This review is directed to people like me - 40-somethings who believe that music for the most part entered a vast wasteland at some hard-to-pin-down date, but it was sometime in the late 1970s. Sure, you'll occasionally find a little something that keeps your interest, but nothing compares to the music of your youth. Well, I'm here to tell you that your search is over. "A Storm in Heaven" matches anything you've ever known and loved.

I had only a vague awareness of The Verve's music until recently, and knew nothing at all about "A Storm in Heaven" until about a month ago. Since that time, I haven't been able to bring myself to extract it from whatever CD player I happen to be near (home computer, office computer, living room stereo, car). Yes, it's become an obsession, but the CD is a treasured thing to me, a work of finely crafted beauty. Every track, and they range from dreamy, sensual ballads to trippy psychedelia to bluesy hard-driving rock and roll, is a gem. Ashcroft's vocals veer from tortured to anguished to hopeful, but they're always beautiful. McCabe's guitar work has to be heard to be believed, but ALL the music is incredible.

As other reviewers have said, this album is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's best without necessarily sounding anything like Pink Floyd. But it's impossible to make such comparisons, really. The Verve, and especially this, their best work, has a unique sound. I weep when I think about how most of the world (well, at least the USA) was listening to grunge and crap-pop in 1993, rather than this CD.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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This is the best CD by any contemporary band ever. If you do not own it, you are doing your emotional sensibilities a great disservice. We all love Urban Hymns and the track by track genius of each song, but you know what? I don't know ANY of the names of the tracks on Storm because the CD is an entire unit that should be listened to in full as a modern musical masterpiece. Actually, when I heard "Bittersweet Symphony," I thought it was good, but a bit simple compared to A Storm in Heaven. Ethereal, enormous in space and sound, it grabs you at the place where you feel like your feet are about to leave the ground, and then takes you to the cavernous depths of the deepest blue. How many CDs reviews do you see that say that the reviewer listens to the CD every day? I have listened to this one every day since I purchased it 4 years ago, and if you read through the other reviews, you will see that I am not the only one. That has to mean something, right? Own it, love it, listen, just listen.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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I've listened to this album more than any other in my life. I've worn through this album like some kid from the midwest might wear out a copy of Led Zep III. One week after seeing the most intense gig I've ever witnessed (Verve at Lollapalooza) I bought a cassette of STORM for a 3 hour drive. "STAR SAIL" and "SLIDE AWAY" left me speechless and the day became that much more brighter. I couldn't believe that Zeppelin and Floyd could sound so hopelessly dated, that this record announced the arrival of the NEW rock stars. In "SLIDE AWAY" Richard Ashcroft wails "I read your mind/I read it because it takes me where I can fly"(that's what I hear); a sentiment that should sound trite, yet it's said so beautifully and with so much conviction that you can't help but accept it as wonderfully poetic. ASIH is a record that lives up to the legends of the aforementioned bands as well as the Stooges and MC5. Take my word for it, this album will influence a new generation of young bands the way the Stooges were an influence. I've listened to this album nearly every day for the last five years and I STILL hear new things in it. Gamble a few bucks, quit your job, hop in your car and hit the road while listening to this; you'll believe all your childhood dreams can still come true. (I invite comment)
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Graveyard Poet on July 18, 2004
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The Verve were a British band that were at the outset lumped into the shoegaze circle. They had all of the trappings of shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine--a strong reliance on guitar effects and other electronic devices that could alter the sound of the traditional rock instruments. The Verve, however, had something which made them superior. They had a wider range of influences. These influences (especially Krautrock) made them look to the stars rather than to their shoes and set them apart from the alternative music of their time.

Like the Hendrix Experience or Floyd, the Verve had a master guitarist as their epicenter--Nick McCabe. Rather than merely burying his guitar under studio generated noise as did Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine or countless other shoegazers, McCabe spent less time in simply hiding the guitar under layers of sounds and more time doing what was the hallmark of all great psychedelic music--bending the notes in new ways. David Gilmour is still renowned not because of his effects arsenal or technical proficiency but simply because of the slow, ponderous emotion that he could wring out of a few simple notes. Like Gilmour, McCabe did not focus on the riff or on noise, but on what can only be termed "washes" of sound that paint the backdrop of the songs while the rhythm section (the bass/drums) do what they do best--keep rhythm.

Another thing which set the Verve's debut LP A Storm in Heaven apart from their peers was, of course, their total defiance of genre.
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