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7/10 Gregor Omelasz Customer review, 26th January 2017
Following on from my Urban Hymns review, this record is (probably) the last time you'll hear The Verve playing like The Verve. I had such high hopes for this before it came out, I had seen them live at Glasgow Carling (might be O2 now?) as an 18 year old obsessed with Ashcroft and obsessed with being as cool as him one day, they played an absolute blinder, so much so I ordered the deluxe edition vinyl set (nice pressing in fairness). The end result wasn't quite there, but it could've been if Ashcroft hadn't jumped ship again. In all honesty, if they chopped shite like 'Valium Skies' and 'Noise Epic', this would've been a great release, McCabe is let off the leash in comparison to his efforts on Urban Hymns and we hear a Pete Salisbury not heard since A Northern Soul probably because he'd been playing karaoke on Ashcroft's solo records. Although, in fairness, his first two records were pretty solid.
Oh yeah, 'Rather Be' should've been chopped as well.
7/10 Jack Customer review, 1st August 2015
Most "reunion" albums are disappointing and many are downright terrible. Verve breaks the trend by offering 10 tracks that range from good to great. Most tracks are closer to "good," but there's no denying that this CD stands fine along side with Verve's 3 others from the '90s. If anything the tracks we get this time are more akin to their first "shoegazer" CD "Storm in Heaven," than the 2 later "rock" albums. Most of the tracks are quiet and long length and often have a nice (to me at least) bassy drone sound. The studio production quality is uniformly excellent.
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