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Urban Hymns is the 3rd studio album by English rock band The Verve, released in September, 1997. It earned unanimous critical praise upon its release, selling over 10 million WW, and featuring the singles 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', 'Lucky Man' and 'The Drugs Don't Work'. The 6LP super deluxe features the remastered album, B-sides, and the previously unreleased Live at Haigh Hall 5.24.98 concert. Also includes a 20 page photo book and pressed on 180G vinyl.
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No longer adhering to lengthy build-ups toward explosive crescendos that marked much if their earlier material, including a sizable amount of what was recorded for their full-length debut, "A Storm In Heaven" itself a quasi- shoe gazing masterpiece, Nick McCabe and Richard Ashcroft don't mine peaks and valleys here; almost every track is either a slow-burning or mid-tempo affair over which guitarist McCabe lavishes a somewhat universally swirling wash of reverb, delay, and echo to create what in some ways is the band's densest yet most finely textured sonic tapestry yet, over which Ashcroft wistfully croons his ruminative (and somewhat personal) lyrics, his vocals as by turns sensitive, nuanced, brash, and challenging. And the rhythm section reaches their most heavily syncopated plateau, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Pete Salisbury providing an unobtrusive yet gliding and propulsive background that anchor McCabe and Ashcroft's excursions into the rich musical universe found within the dimensions of their own inner space.
So which tracks are worth downloading onto your iPod? All of them, really, as there is a sense of universal cohesion that "A Storm In Heaven", for all of its brilliance, didn't quite capture. If you pressed me I'd have to include "Catching The Butterfly", "Weeping Willow", "Space And Time", "Lucky Man", "Velvet Morning", and "The Rolling People" with "Bittersweet Symphony" as the most compelling of the bunch, but like " A Storm In Heaven", this is made and meant to be listened to straight through. Seal of approval? Definitely.
And to now have it on vinyl is the icing on the cake. It sounds fantastic and I would recommend this to all you other audiophiles out there. It truly sounds incredible!
This is easily one of the best records of the last 20 years and will be a classic.
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