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Urban Hymns

The Verve

1997

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Urban Hymns

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3.49

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Starts with their biggest hit, and that's where it may as well end. Super generic, all the tracks are way too long considering the lack of diversity on the album, honestly super shocked this album is even on this list. Probably the biggest example of the British influence on this list. Would honestly only give half a star for the hit if I could

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I've always found The Verve to be SUPER forgettable, with Bitter Sweet Symphony being the only track that is remotely memorable (I can even hum it!). I was excited to dive into this album, the first time I've purposefully listened to The Verve for an extended period, and my first whole album experience. Sorry to report, but this has not changed the needle for me AT ALL. My opinion is completely unchanged. The Verve is like U2, if they were less annoying, but also way more generic. Every single track is at the same exact tempo, and has a complete lack of energy to it. Sorry to bother you, Verve. Didn't mean to interrupt whatever you were doing and have you record this album. The exception to this is the last track, "Come On!", which features heretofore undiscovered techniques for our boys, include changes in TEMPO, changes in VOLUME, and lyrics sung with EMOTION. This last track, and the fact that they *are* less annoying than U2, gives them an entire bonus extra star from me.

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5

Excellent album, some classic 90's indie rock. Stand out tracks are the singles but the album tracks are strong also, good riffs and vocals throughout.

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5

This is right up my street. The opening track is quite possibly the best tune to ever kick off an album. Bittersweet Symphony gives you shivers that so many bands would only dream of passing to their fans. It then leads on to the brilliant Sonnet and The Rolling People, which is not quite on the same level but is a good tune in its own right; though, little does that matter once The Drugs Don’t Work flows into your ears. A beautiful ballad that brings a tear to ones eye. Catching The Butterfly is another somewhat atmospheric song that I really enjoyed, almost like a palette cleanser to Neo Wilderness which goes full acid trip for a little while before travelling through Space and Time. Weeping Willow is another wonderful experience embracing The Verve’s love of the ‘wah wah’. I almost forgot that Lucky Man was coming on this album due to the slightly druggy preceding tracks but it was a welcomed ballad to lift you up before the last portion of the album. The last few songs on this album wind down the feel and you can tell it’s coming to a close, what you can’t tell (if you bought the album when it was released) was the onslaught was heading towards you as a hidden track. Come on is a powerful ending to a fantastic album and if you end right to the end there is an extra piece of psychedelia for you. It sounds like you are supposed to play it in reverse and listen out for some satanic messages; but this isn’t the white album, so let’s not. Overall I loved it, thought about being a little more conservative considering it’s competition in this 1001 albums list but screw it, it’s getting a 5.

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I've seen a side to The Verve i've never heard before. My favourite discovery here is "The Rolling People". There is a nice mix of different sounds here, though I found the pacing of this album a bit off, constantly switching between slightly upbeat and then down again, which is why this isn't a 5/5 (a Coop 2/5). Not a good review due to only listening while cooking lol

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suburban hymns more like it

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Best Song: Bittersweet Symphony. Even though the song is overplayed, it felt like the only song on the album that woke up and came to play. Worst Song: Catching the Butterfly. Slow, meandering, with a kind of nasal drone. Overall: Not entirely sure what there is to like about this album. The massiveness of Bittersweet Symphony overshadows the rest of the album, which comes off as sleepy and uninteresting. It doesn't even have the decency to be short.

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5

LOOKING AT THE HEAVENS WITH A TEAR IN MY EYE 🥲

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5

Always amazing

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5

Sounds very nice

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5

Excellent

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5

First year. Robert Gordon university. Garth see flats. On repeat.

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5

Love this album

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5

Just have a look at those singles; Bitter Sweet Symphony, Lucky Man, The Drugs Don't Work, Sonnet.

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5

10/10 album

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5

Very interesting Album! A few hits which are nothing to be disliked (especially with its recording quality). The Melodic lines happening on the background (Example "One Day") play really well with the harmonization of the songs. Creates very cool build ups ! "The rolling people" is a really good song, my favourite! Reminds me of Pearl Jam without sounding like a copy. Overall I Think it should be 5 stars! Personally not what I will be listening a lot but worth 5 stars.

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5

Bittersweet Symphony is pretty much a masterpiece of a song. The rest of the album also had a lot more depth than I expected and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. Just good music, good songwriting, sufficient variety and finally just a very good album!

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5

Excellent

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5

Großes Album! Klassiker! Setzte 1997 den endgültigen Schlusspunkt der Britpop-Welle, aber was für einen! Nur Hits! Neben den bekannten Singles ist übrigens „The Rolling People“ mein Favourit auf dem Album!

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5

This was a fantastic album. It was strange hearing Bittersweet Symphony in context after hearing it in isolation so many times, and it is still definitely the highlight track, but there are plenty of songs on here that are overshadowed by it. I hadn't heard all of the singles before - they're all very strong. I don't think this album has aged much whatsoever since it's release.

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5

I already knew about half of the songs on this album. Ive seen Richard Ashcroft live, Ive listened to his solo stuff, all great pieces of music. Probably a little off topic but he truly was an iconic musician and I think Urban Hymns showcases it very very well

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5

Fantastic album. Was only familiar with the singles before this, but every track is strong, from first to last. Can't fault it.

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5

I wasn't expecting to love this album so much. Properly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and will definitely be adding this to my regular listening. I can see why this album made it so high in the UK album charts, tune after tune from the get-go.

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5

Steh wirklich auf dieses Album…

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5

Doyamadimm

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5

Not as good as A Northern Soul

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5

Awesome

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5

BITTER SWEET SYMPATHY, THAT'S LIFEEEE!

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5

A great album that braves uneven rhythm at times. Many sing alongs to boot. I don’t know if ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ refers to party drugs or antidepressants, and I won’t find out

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5

What a silly walk. I didn't actually listen to it because I have many times before and I'm not really in the mood to.

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5

What a guy! What a band! What a hero! Ooooh what a day!!!

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5

Elsk <3

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5

As good as it ever was.

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5

Great Brit-Pop classic here, some great tunes with the expanded strings adding to the usual Brit-Pop '90s sound. Absolutely love it and it is already in my collection (albeit being in CD form) some great classic tunes here "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is a classic as is "The Drugs Don't Work" I also like "Weeping Willow" and "Velvet Morning" are also of credit. Rightfully in this list I believe.

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5

Starts off very strong with Bittersweet Symphony. Gets a little calmer with Sonnet, then picks it up again with The Rolling People. Follows the same general up-down trend throughout the album which leads to something greater than a sum of it's parts, pushing it to a 5/5.

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5

love weird uk sad boyssss

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5

Legitimately shocked how good this is. A lot of 90s albums are too long, and a lot of Britpop isn't produced super well, but while this is a bit long, it's engaging from start to finish. And the production is so clear and fulfilling! Great songwriting too, and the performances are wonderful! Wow!

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5

Fab! Classic.

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5

I love 90s alternative and indie, but I have gone through life without too much knowledge on The Verve's discography, so I was excited to check this out. (Almost) everyone knows Bitter Sweet Symphony, and what a great album opener it is! It really sets the stage for the album and is a good representative of the rest of the album's similar quality offerings. The symphonic motif from Bitter Sweet Symphony cascades throughout all of the songs, calling back to it. The word "symphonic" reminds me of hymns, so I can't help but wonder if there's something at play here with their album title? There is a dreamy, psychedelic sound that is woven throughout this album, making it really easy to listen to. With the exception of one track, these songs are all at least 4 minutes long, many in the 5-7 minute range. There's an air of passion in this album where these guys seem to just be jamming and feeling the music with no regard for track length. For me, all of the above points help craft this album into a cohesive experience from start to finish, making this album's whole greater than the sum of its parts. Everything except Bitter Suite Symphony was new to me; my standouts on this album were Sonnet, Space and Time, Weeping Willow, Lucky Man, and Velvet Morning.

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5

liebe das album. millionenmal gehört mit 16 (und nicht wegen ‚eiskalte engel). ‚the drugs don‘t work‘ ist eine meiner lieblingsnummern drauf

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5

Clássico. Mas o primeiro álbum desses caras, "A Storm in Heaven", é melhor.

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5

Que bien suena esto la puta madre.

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5

One of my all time favourite albums. The album that really cemented Richard Ashcroft as a phenomenal songwriter.

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5

They are all almost as good as Bitter Sweet Symphony

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5

Discazo, una maravilla

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5

Masterpiece. One of the best of British 90s albums.

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5

Наверное очень хороший альбом

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5

Awesome

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5

An absolute classic. One of my favourite albums growing up, and listening again showed me why. Only change since 20 years ago is that I enjoyed the longer, gentler, more contemplative songs more than when I was younger. Loved it, from start to finish

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4

was a good album with indie vibes

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4

2/11 Another great, psychedelic Britpop album. Standout Tracks: Bitter Sweet Symphony, Sonnet, The Drugs Don't Work, Space And Time, Come On / Deep Freeze

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4

This was such a breezy listen. Such good driving music, too. Also I don't hate Bittersweet Symphony as much now, so there's that.

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4

good. deserves another listen

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4

The opening and closing tracks are great, not a lot of underdeveloped potential on the track listing.

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4

Great brit rock album

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4

Great opening track. Tracks 3&4 both phenomenal. Hits a few songs which are ok but seem more filler. Great Segways in between songs.

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4.1

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4

Bittersweet Symphony takes me back. I like the rest too.

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4

Nice og chill album, har avskrevve det pga bitter sweet symphony

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4

Love this album but really only 4 decent songs!

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8.1

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7

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4

Man this album took me back. HS grad year. I’ve never listened to the whole album but it was so good. “The drugs don’t work” is a beautiful song.

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4

Good, but that first song is overrated.

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4

Three big hits on this album took my right back to high school. Other stuff not quite as good but true to the same feeling. Solid 3.5 but I’ll go ahead and bump to 4

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4

worse oasis. Not bad but worse.

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4

Bittersweet Symphony shines in the album, one of my favourite songs! Loved also Weeping Willow.

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4

Really liking her voice!

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4

Ca se ressemble bcp du debut a la fin mais pour la premiere chanson qui est un mega hit. 4*

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4

Spoko, przyjemne. Kojarzy mi się trochę z Oasis. Dziwna płyta, zaczyna się Bitter Sweet Symphony a kończy prawie na country

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4

Bittersweet symphony is so good. I like the alternative vibe but it is like a watered down Radiohead, still enjoyable and I could listen to this a few times.

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4

Iconic disco

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4

One hit + great music. Many fillers and instrumental parts worth analyzing.

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7. First song was pretty good, not much else to write home about.

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Pretty mopey and long but actually pretty cool and interesting! 7/10

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4

Scrapes a 4

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4

This album was great. Definitely one I'd like to listen to again sometime to learn the songs better. 1RS

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4

so _that's_ where that song comes from!

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4

I don't know about everyone else, but just so many songs that I knew but had no idea that it was the verve.

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Die eerste noten, pure nostalgie! Pakweg de vijf eerste nummers waren heel tof, het midden was wat eentoniger, maar mooie inhaalbeweging tegen het einde. 3.5

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Es mucho más que solo los singles más conocidos, tiene varios temazos a los que no se les ha dado la importancia que realmente tienen. Por momentos se acerca al rock psicodélico. Muy bueno.

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4

Nice song, has some classics. Really ties in well with itself

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4

This wasn't great, but it was really good. 3.6/5 stars. Bittersweet Symphony might be the most well known, but some of the songs on the album are just as good, if not better.

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Urban Hymns is a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary. It is the album the Verve have been striving to make since their formation, and it turns out to be worth all the wait.

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6.5

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4

Cool milestone in late stage bitpop, though I usually like my psychedellic rock less produced.

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Notes: Ah the World Cup is on guys let’s go. “Bah bah baah, bah babybel” - about 4 mins into “The Rolling People” A bit like Bran said in a different album, this gives me a kind of a non-specific nostalgia and though I wouldn’t be likely to actively put this album on, it’ll get a better score cus of this (well probably if there was a better rating system) Ok boys I’m being nice to you today don’t ruin it with a stupid fucking hidden track like that

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4

Quite good, I liked the vocals and guitar. 8/10

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4

Great! Like Oasis but without two brothers who hate each other and wanna fight all the time.

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4

Urban Hymns is an emotional album tinted with a relatable sadness. It isn’t an incredible vocal performance nor a writing one nor musical one, but The Verve do everything good in a special way. The alchemy between all songs is wonderful and embraces for more than an hour the listener. Is Urban Hymns innovator ? Not really. Is it flawless ? The last song’s ending and the lack of risks taken makes me write no. However, is it good ? Absolutely. It is pleasing to hear and I am definitely going to be listened to again it again.

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4

Good album. For me personally the rest of the album doesn't live up to the famous Bittersweet Symphony, but it's still mostly very good.

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4

Still sounds really good. The singles got a bit overplayed but it all works together as an album

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4

Großer Pop aber halt Pop

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4

Bittersweet Symphony has always seemed ubiquitous to me. Nice to hear some of their other songs, I am liking this quite a bit.

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4

This was really good. Like a summer meadow.

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4

Оказывается, у них ещё песеи есть

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The bitter sweet symphony

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4

Britpop muy animado. Un megahit

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4

Amazing.

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4

Enjoyed this more than I anticipated. The singles are obviously ubiquitous, but some of the nods to earlier Verve work (Neon Wilderness, Catching The Butterfly and Rolling People) were a nice surprise. Sonnet is a classic of the time, and Drugs Dont Work teeters on the brink of Coldplay but RA’s vocal saves it. Not really a bad song on the album.

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Kende alleen de hitjes. Heb me er in m'n jonge jaren niet verder in verdiept omdat ik afgeschrikt werd door hun levensmoeie uitstraling. Maar er bleken ook nog een paar onbekende parels op het album te staan.

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4

Ik kende eigenlijk alleen de 3 of 4 bekende tracks, maar de rest van dit album is ook behoorlijk ok!

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4

Toffe plaat! Niks meer, niks minder

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4

An atmospheric indie classic.

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4

I'd only heard the singles prior to tonight's listen to this album. A very carefully crafted album that has a big presence musically, but lyrically is very introspective. Kinda like Oasis without all the grandstanding cocky swagger. The singles fit in perfectly with the rest of the album. I really enjoyed this one.

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4

Solid late 90s rock.

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4

Pretty good mix of strong songs.

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4

Still good, still not amazing enough for 5 stars (2nd time rating this one due to switch to Group).

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4

Pretty good! Started off strong, faded a little, and then finished nice!

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4

4/5

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4

Solid album. Richard Ashcroft's writing is awesome. It's a shame this was released while Oasis were riding their success. Not as good as Morning Glory but in my opinion competes with definitely maybe and in some ways is better.

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4

Just float away on this magnificent Britpop album

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4

Good. This one could grow on me, I’ll have to go back and listen more some time

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4

beh beh beh

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4

probably a 5 star album at the time from a small band that got big and were then big but the world got smaller or something

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4

Not exactly a helter-skelter fuck party like I'm used to attending, more a wholesome children's birthday spoilt by an uncle who's shooting heroin on the picnic blanket. NODDY'S OFF HIS FACE ON KETAMINE! NODDY'S OFF HIS FACE ON KETAMINE!

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The first time I heard The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" was Halloween 1997 at the Pontiac Silver Dome. It was U2's walk-on music and my dad and I were there because we won tickets. I think I had another social engagement in podunk Mid-Michigan that I cared more about and was bummed that I had to see U2 with my dad. That was dumb but I was 14 and was really figuring out how to be a dick for the most insignificant reasons. Today, this concert is one of my top 10 and a great memory I share with my dad. Anyway, U2 entered the arena from the end zone opposite the stage and proceeded to walk through the crowd while this song played. They were all dressed in costumes for Halloween. Bono was a boxer and sang along with this song. I'll bet he wished he wrote that song. It sounds like "Beautiful Day," which would come out just a couple years later. 1997 wasn't the year that I was interested in hearing British dudes sound like updated versions of The Beatles. That's what The Verve sounded like to me. But I held on to the positive memory from the U2 concert. In the mid 2000s, my Uncle Rick (Godfather) turned me on to Richard Ashcroft's solo records. I really got into "Alone with Everybody." Listening back to "Urban Hymns" was a nice experience. The Verve are a great band and much more mature than the bands they were grouped with at the time (looking at you, Oasis). I'd take this music over Oasis any time. I will listen to this record again if I can remember to. Hopefully "following" the Verve on Spotify will be the catalyst I need... ha. And, strangely, I'll think about U2 every time I do.

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4

Beautiful album! Excellent vocals, very reminiscent of Oasis and Kasabian. Soaring instrumentals

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4

I really dig it

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4

Pretty decent album throughout though it really gets bumped up due to the two singles.

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4

8 out of 10 it's aged quite well for me

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4

I am a casual fan of THE VERVE. I own and have listened to their first three albums: A STORM IN HEAVEN (1993); A NORTHERN SOUL (1995) and URBAN HYMNS (1997) plus the B-side compilation EP NO COME DOWN (B-SIDES & OUTTAKES) (1993). I like THE VERVE and their three albums. I say I am a casual fan because I don’t continually listen to the songs on a regular basis to distinguish one song from another. So, the question arises as to why I was only a casual fan. I think mostly because of the Britpop genre. None of the Britpop bands held any sustained interest for me. I did like some of the Britpop albums from Suede, Elastica and Blur. After listening to URBAN HYMNS after about a 20-year absence of not listening to their music, I find that I still like it very much, of course, the brilliant sounding and video for BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY deserved to be a hit. THE VERVE provided the most consistent run of three very good to excellent albums. So, for me, with all the debate about the Britpop Oasis vs. Blur vs. Suede vs. the rest of Britpop. My choice is the short reign of THE VERVE before Britpop fell out of favor. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, I see that A NORTHERN SOUL is a second album included in the book. I would have thought A STORM IN HEAVEN would have been the second entry instead. Rate Artist: THE VERVE (4.5) Rate Album (Year): URBAN HYMNS (1997 Original) (4) Rate Album (Year): URBAN HYMNS (2017 2CD Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition) (4.5)

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4

I really liked this one, feels like the Verve should be known for more than just the one song.

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4

Honnêtement surpris. Je m'attendais à ce que juste Bittersweet Symphony soit bonne, mais l'album au complet est solide. Je sais pas à quel point c'est une pièce d'anthologie, mais définitivement un landmark des années '90s.

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4

The Drugs Don't Work is a standout, but all sounds good.

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4

This is the band at the height of their powers. Taking on Oasis in the 90's and probably winning on a few fronts.

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4

Overall, the songs are way too long. 4 of the songs are absolutely phenomenal, perhaps some of my favourite songs ever. Utterly beautiful. There’s a stark difference between the 4 hits and the other songs however, the disparities between them make much of the album feel like filler. It felt drawn out, bloated, and dull in places. Each song is about twice as long as they really ought to be. 4/5 - Most of the album is a 3 at best, but Bitter Sweet Symphony gives it a push.

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4

Kewl

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The Verve have always occupied an odd place in the pantheon of 90s Brit-pop/Brit-rock. While the lines were being drawn between the hard-driving, albeit at times simplistic, rawness of Oasis and the sonic adventures of Blur, the Verve seemed more than happy to tread the lines of the two; acoustic guitar anthems like The Drugs Don't Work sound like they could have been written by Noel Gallagher himself, while still being able to pull off 6 minute psychedelic-lite adventures like Catching The Butterfly. Although The Verve never did reach the heights attained by either Blur or Oasis, the band succeeded in emulating both bands without sounding like a complete rip-off of either. Much credit for this, in my opinion, goes to Nick McCabe. From slide guitar twangs to catchy, to sonorous horn-like feedback, the guitarist approaches the instrument as one who uses a hand ax like a boomerang; it might not be the conventional way to do it, but it gets the job done. He lends a sort of post rock credibility to the band, best exemplified in Neon Wilderness, with its atmospheric guitars, creeping bass lines and steady beat, evokes a mood that makes one think of Mogwai. This writer did not care much for the tracks that were more straightforward, favoring rather songs that veer a little off-center, like the aforementioned Neon Wilderness, and Weeping Wilderness, where the band explores with wah-pedaled guitar as a textural layer. Urban Hymns also sees the band tastefully use orchestral strings, in a way that adds tasteful layers that do not drown out the rest of the band. All in all, a record that warrants a revisit, at the very least to figure out the guitar work.

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4

Great four song start to this album, after only previously listening to Bittersweet Symphony. Good alt rock. Rest of the album was also good, need to give it several more listens to sink in though.

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4

New album for me! The first song "Bittersweet Symphony" I grew up with, and it's pretty well known among my generation. The strings used throughout the album create such an interesting dynamic. They sound like a more-polished version of Oasis. Really enjoyed this one!

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4

I bought this album when it came out because of Bittersweet Symphony alone, and my blind faith that there would be more than just the one track paid off. That didn't always happen. To this day I still get The Drugs Don't Work stuck in my head at odd times. Lightning in a bottle. Best track: Bittersweet Symphony

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4

I like the sound and style of this album. Some cool textures, good melodies, and they perform very well. There are some real nice breaks in songs, too, during which they go into some interesting directions (e.g., that dreamy-feeling bit in 'The Rolling People'). I hear some genuinely excellent musicianship in this album, too. A few wild guitar moments in there. Nice.

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4

I mean yeah, it's a solid album. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" in a monster of a hit to come out of the gate with and the album just kinda coasts on that momentum, never really gaining any additional oomph. By the time the album crosses the finish line, you're left with the impression that you've just heard some decent rock music but with very little memory of any particular track besides the first.

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4

legalzinho, tipo oasis

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4

Really enjoyed this album. Had only heard Bittersweet Symphony before, and was surprised by how much I liked the rest of this album. It's added to my library!

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4

I only knew one song from this album, but was pleasantly content with the rest.

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4

bittersweet symphony, good 90s album. great sound.

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4

Banger

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4

Felt a bit bloated but some good songwriting, probably felt bigger at the time of release.

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4

The Verve's best album. Some really great songs, but still not a masterpiece. The whole album blends together.

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4

Bitter Sweet Symphony is a classic, but the rest of the album is also great.

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Nunca manejen en carretera con Bitterweeet Symphony, es por su seguridad. Una vez dicho eso, creo que este es un muy buen disco, del cual destacan obviamente los sencillos que siguieron sonando por años y que casi hacen a The Verve un one hit woner… no más que son tres: Bittersweet, Drugs Don't Work y Sonnet. De todo el disco y de toda la historia de Ashcroft mi favorita es Drugs Don't Work, pero si siento que este disco está claramente en esa línea en su estilo de sonido y de intención.

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Un poquito pesado pero de un gran sonido. Son pocas las canciones que están a la par de Bittersweet Symphony pero tampoco es que el resto sea malo. El cierre es lo más flojo del disco aunque no opaca el resto del disco. Sólido 4.

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Required listening for anybody who knows only Bittersweet Symphony!

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Pretty classics sounds with a few bangers. I felt quite nostalgic for this album but to be honest, giving it a fresh listen I didn't love it as much I thought I would but it does undoubtedly have some bangers on it

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Wow I was super surprised how much I enjoyed this and also how many songs I knew! I listened to this twice. I also didn't realise this was 90s, thought it was early 00s. Britpop classic

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so so good

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This was one of the best albums of the genre around that time. Especially when they slow down, with Bittersweet Symphony, Sonnet, Lucky Man and Drugs Don't Work they're at their best. Good album. Not great. 3,5*

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I liked most of it, but not all of it. Britpop has proven to be a bit of a hit and miss to me. Bitter Sweet Symphony is my favourite song off the album.

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It gets an extra star for bittersweet symphony

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Algjörlega stórbrotin plata.

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Taas yksi nuoruuden suosikkeja. Ihan samalle tasolle ei kuitenkaan päästä genren 90-luvun kärkinimien parissa. Vaikka levyn kohokohdat ovat epäilemättä 5* tasoa, pudottaa heikoimmat hetket kokonaismielipidettä. Varsinkin levyn loppupuoli koostuu paikoin hieman omituisesta rokkiräminästä. Livenä Verve/Richard Ashcroft olisi kyllä kiva taas nähdä. Sen verran timanttista settiä oli Kaisaniemessä jokunen vuosi sitten.

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Mjög gott stöff.

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Vintage banger, not quite as good as the earlier stuff - and way too popular with mouthbreathers for my elevated sense of musical taste. Cant deny some of the tunes though, however much of a prat he was

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That SYMPHONY was anything BUT bittersweet

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This was so much better than I expected.

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Coming off the tail end of the Britpop wave, Urban Hymns operates as some sort of final scene before the end credits. All of The Verve's history was captured and crystallized with this album, keeping one foot in the populist, swaggering sounds of the moment while keeping the other foot in the psychedelic universe they once solely occupied. While this album does feel a bit bloated with the album length, there are moments where the songs prop up the album with its immediacy and accessibility. It may not be anyone's cup of tea but this is still something to go out of one's way to listen to if there is any particular interest in where British music was in 1997. Favorites: Bitter Sweet Symphony, Sonnet, The Drugs Don't Work, Catching the Butterfly, Space and Time, Lucky Man, This Time, Come On.

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Solid

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Very good. Exceptional guitars.

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I love the 90s. Yea, another album full of hits from my childhood

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I hate Bitter Sweet Symphony. Because I hate that song so much, I never even considered the rest of this album. One song grossly overshadows a fantastic album.

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- Ohhh it’s that song - Lots of effects - Sounds good - Nice guitar arpeggio in The Rolling People - I like the mood throughout the album - very repetitive lyrics - I like the lyrics in Lucky Man - whole albums has excellent string sections

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this is the second album I am reviewing and comes hot on the heels of Stone Roses. I was surprised that there is a gap of eight years between the two, as in my head they were from about the same time but that probably says more about my lack of interest in most of the music of the 90s. Whereas I thought the Stone Roses album was insubstantial beyond Fools Gold and Waterfall, Urban Hymns is a much stronger offering. Not just because of the standout singles - Bittersweet Symphony, Lucky Man, the drugs don't work - but also the coherent sound and quality of songs like Sonnet, and the clever use of orchestration. There are one or two weaker songs, but overall Urban Hymns boasts a strong sense of identity with a distinct sound that sets the Verve apart. Genuinely impressed and would consider buying this

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It's strange to listen to an album that I never heard about, even recognizing almost every song. This could be good or bad depending on the listener. In my case, this is good. An unknown classical

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Its not bad, just a bit boring. Has a few classics on it though. Bitter Sweet Symphony is great, so is Sonnet and The Drugs Dont Work.

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It's got a few good songs but the others are a bit weak in comparison

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Alt rock/pop, 3,5/5

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"Bittersweet Symphony"

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Knew the big song but pretty solid all around

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Alternativ, 90’er, melankolsk, stryger, psykedelisk, indie

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Good one, some great songs

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Starts with a bang with Bittersweet Symphony, then it's like "Oof, what happened?"

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Bitter Sweet Symphony & Lucky Man sind nice. Der Rest ist gesülze.

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One very Iconic Song, but too poppy for me.

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-Smooth flows, dodgy themes, no filler tracks.

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Decent album that can't hold the high quality of its opening title nor of some other britrock staples

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Solid. I now know where Cold play stole their first songs.

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sounded kinda same-y at times but it was a vibe

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Couple great songs. 3.5

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Classic 90s

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Beautiful album, a little slow for my liking

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Unsure how much I liked it - need to relisten

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Pretty good but sounds the same throughout the album.

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The first song is overplayed. Gets better starting with the second and third songs. The Drugs Don't Work is an okay song, better if your drunk. Decent album don't like it as much as I remember when I was younger.

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Was a good album, but the best songs were on the first half and the rest didn't slap as hard.

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I will come back to this

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Any essentials list is going to be subjective but this inclusion is the first so far to really raise an eyebrow from me. Oh well: it probably dates me more than anything. Got absolutely spammed by Bittersweet Symphony in the late 90s, especially during one of my few and brief MTV watching eras. Didn't recognize a single other song off the album. Surprised by several Eagles-esque, lightly countrified sad-ballads amongst the offerings.

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I enjoyed some of these tracks but others....

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90s alternative rock, bittersweet symphony, rudimentary Radiohead-esque sound

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theres a really great song on here

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Bittersweet Symphony is one of those 5/5 songs, but the rest of the album really fell flat. It isn't terrible, but I was very disappointed to hear the rest of the album that Bittersweet is on. Nothing of note musically, but not a train wreck either. True Feelings: 3/5

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Definitely more poppy than A Storm in Heaven, but awesome guitars and vocals

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Singoli iconici che fanno da manifesto di fine anni '90. Il resto dell'album non regge il passo, con musicalità stagnanti e tracce tirate troppo a lungo.

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Liked some of the classics ones

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After "Bittersweet Symphony", I completely forgot I was listening to anything.

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Pop/rock. Pegadizo.

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They have arguably one of the greatest songs of all time as the album opener, that the rest of the songs simply can’t keep up with. Can’t hate on the songs too much, they are average britpop, but too long of an album after being underwhelmed after being grabbed by the first track.

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Chillig, bisschen was von Oasis

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too soft

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Bittersweet symphony is most known track. It's not bad, just not my thing. 6/10.

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the Bittersweet Symphony remix was on high rotation in my spinning classes back in the day & I became obsessed with ensuing lawsuit, which made no sense to me, until I found out that the evil Allen klein was involved. Anyway, nice enough songs, laid-back psychedelic indie folk. Grows on you...

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pretty good album, not quite what i would normally listen to and i wasnt in quite the right mood for it but still quite enjoyable. cant go wrong with bitter sweet symphony either

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So, not bad for passive listening. Bitter Sweet Symphony is on this one.

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Wel prima muziek. Zitten een paar sterke bij

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This was a solid album. Bittersweet Symphony is definitely the standout here, but I also found myself enjoying Sonnet quite a bit as well. After that the rest of the album became a fairly forgettable pop album. Not bad, but nothing particularly innovative either.

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A classic ! ***

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Only had time for one listen. It was pretty good, I think this is one of those 90s Britpop contenders like Blur and Oasis. I think it's a little less radio-friendly than Oasis, but I think I like it slightly more coz the singer is quite good, if not trying to sing in a kind of American pronunciation. Bittersweet Symphony is okay, although I reckon it should be a final album track not an opening album track coz it's has that sort of winding-down vibe. Will have to give it a second listen.

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I mean... bitter sweet symphony is a VIBE of the 90’s

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Bitter Sweet Symphony is the #1 middle school slow dance song. Fun fact, the Verve forgot to clear a sample for this song, and as such had to give all the money made from the song to the Rolling Stones.

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Didn’t hate it, guess I’m a serial killer?

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I guess it might be just a little more musically interesting to live in London rather than Toronto. Bands like this just come with the territory.

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Some great songs, but the album lacks depth.

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Ik verwachtte een volledig album met ballads. En enkel 'The Rolling People' & 'Come On' brachten daar wat verandering in. OK album met heel wat emotie, maar niet heel speciaal

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The songs on this one are mostly very nice, my only complain with the album (if any) would be that it's a little bit too long. I mean, it's great music, but 76min?

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Reminds me of cross of Oasis and Brian Jonestown massacre. Some good jams, but mostly forgettable.

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I have some mixed feelings about this record. I felt it was a little milquetoast taken as a whole--the autumnal melancholy only takes things so far before it starts to feel like background music. The singles are brilliant, but some of the other songs feel a little like aimless throwaways. The production is really surehanded and clear, but I credit that to Youth moreseo than The Verve. I also sense an air of self-importance, not atypical among Britpop bands of this era, which never leaves a great taste in my mouth, especially for a band that's ultimately indulging in a bit of revisionist pop history. For better or worse, I hear this album's influence the most on the likes of Coldplay in the years that followed. 2.5/3 Favourite track: "Bittersweet Symphony" by a mile, but "Space and Time" and "Lucky Man" are also strong

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This is an okay album but feel it rides a little to much on the big single, Bittersweet Symphony. Interesting to note that BSS is a direct heavy sampling from Andrew Oldham Orchestra version of The Last Time. The other single off this album is very good but after listening to the first 4 or 5 songs on the album they lost me. It seems like more of the same. Enjoyed a few of the songs but feel the album is ranked higher than it should be. I can see the future influences. 2 1/2 stars

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Meh.

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Fav : Sonnet est vraiment bien, c'est ça la meilleure chanson de l'album en fait, pas Bitter sweet symphony + this time, ressemble à du radiohead 7/10

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false

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Sounds good but not a fan

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I thought it would be better

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Within the realms of mediocrity, but there are some gems on the album. 7.4/10 Best Track: "Bittersweet Symphony"

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Wasn't my favorite that year. Still quite MOR but based on sounds I like (garage/psych, shoegaze). Strangely, I like Ashcroft's music best when it veers towards Cosmic Country.

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There’s some nice stuff here but it’s not really outstanding

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Urban Hymns toes the line between saccharine 90s Britpop and early 90s feedback imbued shoegaze. Which is not to serve as a slight to the record. Since this characterizes the LP as a touch more distinct than most of their contemporaries. The brightest moments within the LP are tracks like Space and Time, which showcase a earnestness emotional proclamation of devotion. Accompanied by a rhythmic guitar backing. The seminal track Bitter Sweet Symphony is rousing but lacks a self awareness needed to temper it’s over done strings.

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Better than I thought I'd be. Bitter Sweet Symphony is my least favorite song on the album.

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This album starts strong, but I found myself getting bored about halfway through.

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Classic songs but I still don’t like Richard Ashcroft’s voice to make me want to listen again

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Would probably like it. DIdn't get the chance to listen, really. But seems okay.

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Bittersweet symphony is a great alt song. Most of the other album is slightly above average and flows well but nothing else really stands out. It’s good. 6.8/10

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A bit heavy at times, but some very good tunes.

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Didn't really go back and listen

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3.4 - Middle of the road British alt rock of the mid/late 90s.

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I think we all know Bittersweet Symphony, it's a good rock song. The Drugs Don't Work is another song I knew and liked. If the entire album lived up to these songs I think it could go up to a 4, but there are a lot of tracks that are skippable or don't add anything interesting. It's Brit-pop-rock, usually I am not a huge fan.

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Listenable. Very of it's time. Bittersweet Symphony stands out. Nothing else really grabs me.

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The rest of the album doesn’t stand up to the first track

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Always thought this album started amazingly well, but loses steam at “Neon Wilderness”, picks back up briefly with “Lucky Man” only to immediately peter out again. Some great songs, and singles, but not one of the great long players for me.

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This is a good britpop album, it just feels like every single song is a minute longer than it needs to be.

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A good album - it's very of its time. The Britpop scene in all of its nostalgic, honest, if overrated glory

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Good album a little over-rated in my opinion. 3.75 🌟

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A lot more generic and unoriginal than I remember it being at the time it came out. Like they took Oasis and Radiohead and released a B sides covers collection

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A true '97 classic, need say more?

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Some solid bangers, would give 3.5 stars

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sing/songwriter american, poprocket, p4

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It’s okay.

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Ok but dreary

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Having received initial critical acclaim followed by critical derision by the fickle UK music press for their early psychedelic rock output, the Verve shifted their sound towards a more britpop/rock sound in the mid 90s. This was a commercially smart move as this album proved, with the Verve finding themselves moving along in the wake of Oasis with other similarly 60s/70s inspired bands like Ocean Colour Scene and Cast. If you like that kind of thing, you'll like this album

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Pretty standard verve, hits are the standouts

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Ok, never got quite into it. I wanted to like it more. 2.7

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Bittersweet Symphony is undeniable really, isn't it. So the opening is sorted. Sonnet is also rather lovely, but not radically different from the track before - except without the stolen Andrew Loog Oldham strings! After a strong start, The Rolling People seems to serve as a warning of what The Verve or Richard Ashcroft can be at their worst. Stodgy, lumpen 'rawk' that wouldn't feel out of place on one of the terrible latter era Oasis albums. Bland chaff for the bovine. It's seven minutes long. The good bit is about 20 seconds. Then it's The Drugs Don't Work, and they win back the goodwill they just spent 7 minutes losing. Then they seem to pour it away again with Catching the Butterfly, which aims for psychedelia, forgetting that you need to be interesting to pull that off. This is definitely an album of highs and lows. Neon Wilderness is a very dull 2:30 plod through a similar faux psychedelia. Honestly, every time they jam or wig out this album is terrible. Every time they try to actually write a song, it's great. This is a band that seems intent on self sabotage. Space and Time returns to semi form after this as if to prove my last statement accurate. If you went to school in the 90s, you'll have heard Weeping Willow. It's that song a band at school wrote that sounded a bit like Wonderwall, but not as good. After this, the album settles back into what it does well, with Lucky Man and This Time the highlights. Velvet Morning is nice enough. Feels very 1997 - let's close with a comedown song. Aldi Value Prosecco Supernova, if you will. Then Come On sees the album off in another wave of sludgy bleh. There's a nice odd little hidden track at the end though. This isn't a bad album. It's highs are great, though very similar. If you had Bittersweet Symphony, Sonnet, Drugs Don't Work, This Time and Lucky man back to back, I suspect you'd struggle to work out where one track starts and the other begins. However, as an album, it is a lot of one star filler around 4/5 star singles.

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Didn't rate it then. Don't rate it now. Apart from Lucky Man, that gives me chills.

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6/10

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Classic 90s baby

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This album felt a bit average if not below. Bittersweet symphony is great though!

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Only 3 stars because there are only 3 or 4 good songs on this album, the rest is just a filler.

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Easy listening, token 90s era music riding the wave of Oasis and the like. The Verve's history notwithstanding, Urban Hymns is likely their magnum opus and a sad reminder that they were capable of being a strong band yet were terrible at being friends.

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Who's picking these albums? Not that this one is particually bad, but im pretty sure I could have gone my whole life without listening to this. Not bad but nothing to write home about. Kinda generic 90s.

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I think I "appreciate" this album more than I "like" it. I mean, I do like - in the same way I like a lot of bands from the 90s. They created a different sound by adding strings and making it a little more orchestral than, say, Oasis or Robbie Williams or {insert 90s British musicians here} - which I totally respect.

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This list definitely has an obsession with oft mediocre Brit Pop

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It was pretty good. it sounded like a mix of a lot of different british bands - heard some oasis, some blur, some coldplay, etc. some of the songs were boring but some were quite cool

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Bittersweet symphony is a classic that stands the test of time. The rest is fine too but not incredibly engaging or remarkable. 3.5/5

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Okeydoke

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Singles aside (especially "Sonnet" and "Lucky Man") hasn't aged as well as one might have thought back in the day...

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unpopular opinion: I do not like Bittersweet Symphony

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Good start and end tho got lost a bit in the middle. Cool to hear some stuff I heard growing up but never knew the artist’s name. Also lol at discovering Jason Derulo sampled the first song for Ridin Solo

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nhe

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Nice. Distinct songs... Not the 12 versions of the same thing other 90s bands played. Worthy of a second listen

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Nice. I was expecting more songs similar to the “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, that I already knew...but i enjoyed the rock and the striking guitar

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nem sabia que conhecia a banda, mas na primeira música e já sei que ouvi pelo menos uma música deles... e gosto! a segunda música é na verve (sacou? sacou?) da primeira mas mais baladinha. eles são britânicos? tem vibe bandinha de rock britânico. vai ficando cada vez mais britanico-melancolico-anos 90. gosto.

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takes me back to my youth. Will give it another listen

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enjoyed the groups' music. had not heard of them

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This isn't one of the great albums. The best song is only memorable because of a sample of an orchestral rendering of a Rolling Stones' song. The rest is a reasonably pedestrian attempted copy of Oasis, but lacking the bite.

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Bittersweet Symphony and Drugs Don’t work are two of my favorite songs ever, but the rest of the record has always been underwhelming for me, it’s just not at the same heights of those two songs, a shame

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Best: Bittersweet Symphony, Sonnet

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This album is good, but I found it a little bland. Favorites: Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work

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almost 3,5; bitter sweet poestry, the opening song is a classic, but album is getting kinda too generic and boring at some point, it was kinda too long imo, but also not bad overall

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"Bitter Sweet Symphony" is the best song of Verve, a band that it must be listened to in my computer. His songs are cool and shine on my room.

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6/10 It's a nice album to listen to but it is pretty forgettable. Exceptions are the intro track with those blaring violins which is perfection. And of course The Rolling People and The Drugs Don't Work. Would I mind listening to Urban Hymms? Not really, nice album to listen to but doesn't have much memorable moments.

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Büschen langweilig, ganz schlechte drei.

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I love how nostalgic this album makes me feel, just with the sound of it! Love a bit of Brit pop! There are some undeniable bangers on here. However, there is an awful lot of filler which I did enjoy and, again, loving the nostalgic sound, but it doesn't really go beyond that for me unless we are on a banger track. It doesn't excite me enough beyond a 3 unfortunately.

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The opening two songs are really great but then it must drones on...

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Bloated, overlong, one-paced and self-indulgent for the most part. Couple of well-crafted singles the best of which owes much to the stolen string arrangement. Disappointing: I enjoyed this far more in its day. So the drugs probably did work.

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My dudes, bittersweet is one word.

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it's fine. maybe too slow for me somehow? bitter sweet symphony is of course pretty legendary. And some of their songs. like Lucky Man. sort of make me feel like they're sort of modern tom petty. and tom petty is great. but, it's just a certain kind of speed you know?

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yeah they got a classic sound. some sound a bit generic but maybe its because its got mass appeal and ~30 years have passed

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Enjoyed it at the time, and continue to do so now. For as much play as Bittersweet Symphony got, Lucky Man still gets me to this day.

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Pretty decent album. I've heard Bitter Sweet Symphony so many times that when I was given this album I was quite excited, Sadly I cannot say that many of the songs come close to Bitter Sweet Symphony and it's clear why it became such a hit there are a few other decent songs. Favourite Songs: Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work, Catching The Butterfly

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Hits were all right, rest was listenable.

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Powrot do wyspiarskiego grania okolo rokowego z urbanowymi hymnami od the verve, ktorych przed odsluchem kojarzylem jedynie z bitter sweet symphony, ktore uwielbial katowac w samochodzie znajomy, ale poza tym nic wiecej o bandzie nie wiedzialem, wiec album z 97, goracy okres jesli chodzi o brytyjska alternatywe rokowo popowa, bo czasy oasisa i coldplaya, wiec zestakowanie grube, wiec jakos sie nie dziwie, ze wczesniej nie przesluchalem nic od bandy, pieciu czlonkow, dosc standardowo, chociaz dwie pary klawiszy i gitar prowadzacych, wiec panowie Tong i Ashcroft sie zmieniali rolami na poszczegolnych songach, sam Ashcroft jest takze wokalista i lirykiem grupy, nie wiem czemu ale brzmi to tak podobnie do tego co slychac od co radioheadow czy coldplayow, ze pewnie istnieje oddzielny gatunek do okreslania takiej brytyjskiej alternatywy, ktora cechuja liryki przepelnione szukaniem wyjscia z rozpaczy, bo co najbardziej przebija sie zarowno z wokalu jak i samych slow jest gleboki smutek, a wcale tematycznie nie sa to az takie smuty, ale jednak nie ma tutaj szczesliwego zycia, a raczej jego szukanie, wiec pod tym wzgledem calkiem przypadla mi do gustu plyta jako calosc, ktora tworzy ten godzinny z kwadransem krazek, z czego ten kwadrans to ostatni pietnastominutowy utwor come on/deep freeze oznaczony jako ukryta piosenka, od strony instrumentalnej odsluch byl mniej depresyjny, bo nie jest grane zbyt moodowo, ale tez niczym raczej nie zaskakuje, no moze poza kilkoma samplai, jak ten z bitterowo sweetowej symfonii, na ktorej mozna uslyszec stonesow i ich the last time z the andrew oldham orchestra, o ktorego musiala sie toczyc prawdziwa wojna z tego co wyczytalem na wiki, ale jak sie zakonczyla pozostaje zagadka, ale fakt jest faktem, ze genialnie go wykorzystali na tym traku, zwlaszcza biorac pod uwage, ze jest to przeciez rock, a tak naturalnie brzmi ten sampel w kompozycji tego kawalka, ktory juz wczesniej byl na plejce, ale dodam do niego the drugs dont work, za akustyczne brzmienie i akcenty smyczkowe, ktore pewnie rowniez byly samplowane, bo notesy nie mowia o nikim kto by sie dotykal smyczkow, a ostatnim kawalkiem bedzie lucky man, ktory podobnie smyczkuje i serwuje egzystencjonalne rozwazania na temat szczescia i jego poszukiwaniu zmieniajac siebie lub swoje zwiazki z innymi, zaliczam odsluch do udanych i zmniejszajacych moja uraze do brytyjskiej sceny popowego rokowania i wszechpojetej alternatywy

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CD

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Worth a couple more listens at least.

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Wow, first song is a banger that I recall from my childhood but they made a mistake of putting there bestbsong first. Also a really fucked up thing was said in the drugs don't work song about cats being drowned in a bag.

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"Bittersweet Symphony" has always been... not my favorite song, but I tried to shed that bias and listen with fresh ears. Still not doing much for me. It's a really long record, doesn't really do anything for me. And I like shoegaze, which this album has in spades. Nah. Favorite track: "Catching the Butterfly"

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This has aged poorly.

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Sehr emo.

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A little too long for it’s own good

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I've heard the very popular single off this album. Sonically the album was very uninteresting to me with exception of "This Time" Like a less interesting cold play

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Great song. So so album.

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Doesn't do it for me. The singles are still pretty good but Bittersweet Symphony has been so overplayed for me that I can't give it the justice it deserves. This me, this is just lesser Oasis and Blur.

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Too melodramatic

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Overall pleasant enough but not really my jam. Bittersweet Symphony is obviously the big hit here and stands out from the rest, which all sounded similar to me. At some point I found myself thinking "I should just be listening to Third Eye Blind for music of this era."

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I’ve never been a big fan of the Verve but only really knew their singles so I kinda looking forward to checking out this whole album. However I found it to be aggressively dull. Not bad, just boring. Oasis and Blur’s output during this time was so far superior this.

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Bittersweet symphony is good, and they show some potential there. But I found the rest of the album to be a meh version of Oasis, who I don't even like.

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Like listening to paint dry. 4

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Couple of good songs but nothing special. Probably a little harsh on the rating.

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2.5

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First song is kinda cool, the rest is eh

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2.8 for the verve. Not my cup of joe

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This album sounds very tasteful, digestible and radio ready. It's also bloated and boring. Maybe it's because I'm listening to it after Coldplay copied a lot of their playbook, or because "Bittersweet Symphony" gave me hope that the lyricist had a few tricks up their sleeve. But it was really disappointing, and I can't really forgive an entire album of tired cliches about carpe diem. Rating 2.5/5

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must be getting old, sounds like noise improved over time

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Solides Album. Gut um es im Hintergrund zu hören

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Some tracks I really like a whole lot---I might give them a 4. But others just aren't moving me at all. Since the quality is so bumpy, I don't think I can give the album *as a whole* a good score. That's not to say there isn't great stuff here. But as a whole it just plays like a poorly assembled mix tape. Verdict: kinda bad. 1. Bittersweet Symphony. What a flashback. This is actually a pretty good song, despite being inescapably overplayed '98-... today? 2. Sounded good 3. Transition here to a grungier feel, doing a pretty good job rocking out. Nice atmospheric breakdown. Reminding me of just-pre-Kid A Radiohead a bit. 4. Slow down: Acoustic ballad with lots of reverb. Sounds a fair bit too country for me. Normally I like diversity in an album, but this song is kind of making me feel like the diversity here is more an attempt to have broad commercial appeal, which, 🤢. 5. Cool intro noises! Back to warm enveloping grunge rock. Feels good. 6. Another great opening. Reversed noises here make you feel like you're in a dimension of fun-house mirrors, but the very pleasing bass line makes it feel safe and good. 7. Not a fan of these chord changes. I think this is worse than the country song. Disappointing. I feel like this album is all over the place. 8. Good but unoriginal bass riff. Overall seems a bit generic/forgettable... I think there are better versions of "this song" out there by other artists. 9. Called "Lucky Man", but not an ELP cover. The vocal sounds out of place to me. Otherwise fine. The strings in the background seem too dramatic and pop-y. 10. (Organ?) This is a ballad. It sounds like a schmaltzy prom song from the 90s, which I guess is exactly what it is. 11. Is this the same riff from 2 songs ago? I could be at the Bronze. 12. Slow, slide guitar, and vocals way back in the mix and distorted. Interesting change of pace. I can dig it. 13. Good follow up to the last song. Some fun jamming here, though the melody isn't particularly strong. I guess this is technically a "hidden track", so I'm not sure whether to count this as officially the last song of the album.

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I knew there was a reason why I didn't bother with this i the 90s after hearing the hit singles. It's okay, nothing more. Rolling People is the best track; Bittersweet Symphony Ashcroft performed live with the god awful Coldplay, so that tells you a'' you need to know about that song. As for the Drugs Don't Work? They do.

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Never really got the hype around this one. The one famous song is only good because of the sample. I do like “The Drugs Don’t Work” and I guess Lucky Man by extension, as basically it’s the same song. I feel like Ocean Colour Scene did this kind of thing MUCH BETTER a year previously.

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At least there was one good song.

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Soft, melodic, somewhat uninspired.

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2.5

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Initial song 'Bittersweet Symphony' stands out more than anything that follows. Everything else seemed very similar and blurred together, okay for passively listening to but very dreary and entirely forgettable.

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not very good

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so slow and mawkish. crawls along like a wounded animal with a broken leg, except a wounded animal probably wouldn't whine as much. honestly don't understand why this albums gets bummed as much as it does. what is it for? are you supposed to be moved by the beat? cry about the sad subjects? whine along? does it make you feel cool? do you marvel in the musicianship? is it for slitting your wrists? what is it for? musically this should be good, with the wall of sound thing with mountains of reverb and guitar noises but barring about 5 minutes this album bored the slimy green shit out of me, its just pseudo cool depressing bollocks. the worst bit about verve is it feels like lets have a look at what you could have won - the track this is music off the previous album is superb and if they could have gone down that road they would have written a brilliant album, but instead they went down the lowest common denominator depressing emo sell records to the masses road instead. so instead of being legendary the verve sit in the same boat as starsailor and embrace, in fact i put starsailor on after this to see if that was a fair comparison and i enjoyed starsailor more than this.

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First listen. Bitter Sweet Memories has always been a favorite of mine. Never heard the rest of the album. I really like Sonnet as well. The rest of the album just kept getting better throughout the day. 2/5 for now.

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4 songs in and I'm a bit bored. I love 90s music. This isn't grabbing me.

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I'm so tired of "Bitter Sweet Symphony". The most overrated song on the planet. The rest is fine. 2

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paia

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bitter sweet symphony is so iconic, everyone my age knows this song. it's a beautiful song, i love the backing orchestra. but the rest of the album just fell flat for me. it was very of its time--maybe if i listened to it in the nineties i would feel different.

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Bittersweet symphony kann ich nicht bewerten, das hab ich zu oft gehört. Mehr späte 90er geht nicht. der Rest des Albums ist echt ziemlich irrelevant.

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Maybe they matter in the UK, but they only had a one hit wonder with the rest of the world when Bittersweet Symphony hit the airwaves. It was a hugely successful song and nothing else on the album punches in its weight class. I find this such a meh choice. It's not horrible, but it's not special either.

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The hit single off the album already turned me off cuz it’s just annoying to me at this point. Otherwise it was fine, nothing too notable

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One of my first loves is 90s alternative but I had trouble getting into this album. This album has a handful of songs that sound like Oasis was transitioning into Muse; others are so cliche 90s rock it seemed generic. I was indifferent to this album. There is some great guitar work here but nothing else is catchy or worth revisiting

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Such a bloody boring band. I started singing along to The Drugs Don’t Work before realising it was actually Sonnet. I suppose it’s good that I wanted to sing along? Bittersweet Symphony sure is catchy. It’s fun to bark along to the violin part - ‘ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff’.

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nananananana naaaah nana naaaah nana naaah

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I (like everyone else) remember bittersweet symphony, it was everywhere in the 90s. The Drugs Don't Work was also in the charts in Australia, although I'd forgotten that (and didn't even know who sang it) until it just played. I'd thought it was some alterna-wuss Aussie band like Powderfinger or The Whitlams. And those songs are *just ok*; the rest of the album really isn't very good. It just plods along while you wonder if it'll ever end. I really like Oasis, but even though this sounds kinda similar it really didn't do anything for me. It was like decaf coffee or non-alcoholic beer: it almost tastes the same but without the kick, why would you bother? I'd rather have a glass of water. But whatever - if this album was half an hour (and not SEVENTY-FIVE MINUTES) I'd have probably given it a 3. But it had no business being boring for that long, so it gets a 2/5.

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Mostly generic Britpop/rock. I could find better.

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It was okay... not a huge fan of this one.

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One paced sub-Oasis self importance

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Yo yo chanclas in building and like a cat in a bag I’m ready to drown because we have to listen to the verve. They’re like the semi-palatable indie version of nickelback. I like some of the guitar work and that’s about it. I’m going to leave this album with the rest of the 90’s in my memory, mostly forgotten. True feeling: it’s foo foo lame Stand out tune: I guess “sonnet” Shoot myself tune: bittersweet symphony/the drugs don’t work

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Head bangingly dull.

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Spun through this once and had no interest to do a second listen. I remember thinking, "Oh, I know that song," but it didn't lead to anything that I'd want to know better. I could see this being of use as background music in a bar where nobody wants to listen.

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Terribly boring.

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Stone cold classic

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First song is excellent. Bitter sweet symphony

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#2nd

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A palatable version of nickel back

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i don't need to listen to these white men.

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Its... very 90's for sure. The string elements are pretty and the lyrics are well written and seem to have a lot of meaning. The instrumentation is a little drab but it honestly works

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