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Old 06-28-2008, 09:30 AM   #46
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So I decided that since I'd only ever really heard Urban Hymns (one of my top 3 albums of all time) but nearly none of their earlier stuff (except Gravity Grave), that I ought to download a few tracks. So I got History, A Man Called Sun, A New Decade, and Slide Away.

I can't believe I waited so long to do this. These guys are awesome. Holy fuck. Anything else I really, really need to get?

Id recommend you get, Life's An Ocean, Stormy Clouds, She's A Superstar, Beautiful Mind, Already There.

See what you think of them!
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:22 AM   #47
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So I decided that since I'd only ever really heard Urban Hymns (one of my top 3 albums of all time) but nearly none of their earlier stuff (except Gravity Grave), that I ought to download a few tracks. So I got History, A Man Called Sun, A New Decade, and Slide Away.

I can't believe I waited so long to do this. These guys are awesome. Holy fuck. Anything else I really, really need to get?
I'd recommend you get everything. really. seriously. both albums preceding Urban Hymns are 5/5 or better. "A Northern Soul" is a little bit more conventional, production wise. Vocals sit more traditionally in the mix, and the band plays more like a rock band - highlights include the 2 tracks you mentioned, "This is Music", "On Your Own", and "No Knock On my Door" (seriously asskicking guitars on that), oh yeah - "life's an ocean" is beyond ace. just get the album.

"A Storm in Heaven" is not of this world. "Slide Away" is easily the most conventional song on the record, but it gives a good flavor of what the production and atmospherics are like. The whole thing sounds like it's in some gargantuan, navy blue cave. an underwater cave. it's fucking amazing. it's not shoegazing in the conventional sense - there is a LOT of jazz elements in the rhythms, and Nick McCabe is absolutely off his rocker. Richard's vocals are more a PART of the mix - part of the music. less like a band backing a vocalist - more like another swirly, amorphous musical element. it is THE BEST night-time record. "Star Sail", "ALREADY THERE" (insane - slow building, atmospheric, then the sky rips open - uncanny), "See You In the Next One (Have a good time)" provides a nice comedown for the album. "Make it Til Monday" is crazy modern psychedelia. Jimi Hendrix would have loved this. Try to track down a live version, it's skull crushing.... there's not a bad track on it. It works as well as any album ever has from beginning to end.

as lovely as Urban Hymns is, it's almost funny compared to these 2 other albums. i'd say start with the full-lengths and then go for the rarities - some of those are amazing, too. leave me scratching my head as to why they were left off albums. "She's a Superstar" is a good bet, too. Christ, they put out some amazing shit....
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:11 PM   #48
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I still need to check out A Northern Soul. I second the "A Storm In Heaven is not of this world" comment; it's truly awesome.
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I don't think A Storm in Heaven or Northern Soul are good as Urban Hymns, although both are really great albums and definitely worth checking out

History is still their best song
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Whoah, "Mover", that tune rips. Slow and thick.
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love this new single!


Love is noise....

can't wait for the new album and tour.. Hopefully soon in the US!
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:21 PM   #52
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Anyone watching them playing Glastonbury on the BBC? it's a pretty good performance
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i wish I could...^

stuck here in the US...

i doubt BBC America is gonna have this..

are they webcasting this online perhaps?
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I think there is a webcast but it's showing one of the other bands

They're mostly playing stuff from Urban Hymns with 2 tracks from a Northern Soul and one new one which was cut
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maybe it will show up online later or tomorrow.. I am watching the clip of The Raconteurs from Sat nite.. right now.. I didn't see The Verve on the page but imagine it will be there.
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Did you hear about Jay Z's performance at it? he opened with Wonderwall

and the Verve are playing Love is Noise
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i wanna see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is Music
Sonnet
Space and Time
Sit and Wonder (cut)
History.
Life's an Ocean
Velvet Morning
The Rolling People
The Drugs Don't Work
Lucky Man
Bittersweet Symphony
Love Is Noise


That's the setlist for Glastonbury, the band played brilliantly and seemed to be enjoying themselves a lot but the setlist was a little too short and Urban Hymns heavy.
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Space And Time and Life's An Ocean were definitely the standout tracks for me at Glastonbury. Those of you who haven't seen it yet you've got to check them two songs out when they are posted on youtube. That ending to Life's An Ocean was amazing!!
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YouTube - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony at Glastonbury 08

Hearing this live is on my before-I-die to-do list.
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