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Posted by: Dave on September 9, 2008 at 10:58 am

TheVerveForthNote: Forth is the English band’s fourth album and first since 1997’s critical and commercial smash Urban Hymns. Since they broke up in the late ‘90s, frontman Richard Ashcroft has released three solo albums and the remaining members have been involved in a variety of music projects.
Sound: A mix of cosmic, hypnotic rockers, elegant, meditative reflections, and swirling, psychedelic jams – all of which have a grand presentation and epic length.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Love Is Noise”; “Sit and Wonder”
Medium Rotation track: “I See Houses”
Recommended: Over the course of their three ‘90s albums, The Verve’s music became less free-form and spacey, and more melodic and song-structured. On Forth they maintain some of the accessibility of their last album, but usually extend the music into prolonged jams more reminiscent of their earlier work. The album as a whole reveals a reinvigorated band that’s recaptured their old groove – though not finding too many new ones. Die-hard fans will be pleased, but more casual fans will be disappointed to find there are far fewer standout tracks on here than there were on Urban Hymns.
Grade: B

Listen to Tracks/Buy Music:
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