Urban Hymns

Urban Hymns

by The VerveThe Verve

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Special Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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The Verve split in 1995 after two albums and a particularly disastrous, hedonistic American tour. When Brit-pop icons Oasis championed their cause and wrote a song, "Cast No Shadow," about the group's charismatic singer, "Mad" Richard Ashcroft, the Verve regrouped and surprised all by delivering one of the great British rock albums of the late 1990s. A northern English five-piece that borrows from '60s rock and psychedelia while recalling '80s bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and Aztec Camera, the Verve wore their influences prominently on Urban Hymns' opening hit single, "Bittersweet Symphony," which used a sample from a Rolling Stones orchestral album as its foundation and catapulted the album to prominence and platinum sales. This classic rock stomp epitomized the re-formed band's newly found confidence with its emotional power, which featured Ashcroft singing with unequivocal passion of life's painfully simple struggles underneath those soaring strings. Nothing else on Urban Hymns quite matches the majesty of "Bittersweet Symphony" but plenty of songs challenge, especially the ballad "The Drugs Don't Work," the yearning mid-tempo love songs "Sonnet" and "Lucky Man," and the raucous finale "Come On."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384491314
catalogNumber: 44913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Verve   Primary Artist
Simon Jones   Bass Guitar
Richard Ashcroft   Guitar,Vocals
Nick McCabe   Guitar
Peter Salisbury   Drums
Simon Tong   Guitar,Keyboards
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Youth   Producer
Verve   Producer
Chris Potter   Engineer
Mel Wesson   Programming
Brian Cannon   Director
Mathew Sankey   Director
Martin Catherall   Director
Christopher Marc Potter   Producer,Engineer
Paul Anthony Taylor   Programming
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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