Urban Hymns (album) by The Verve

Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns by The Verve (1997)
Overall rank: 219th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (48th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (219th)

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From newt 08/18/2019 07:47
You could see that the Verve were leading up to something special from their previous albums, but this knocked it out of the park. Any attempt at a follow up would be a dissapointment, so good job they didn't
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From Street21221 07/20/2019 01:56
Favorite Tracks:Bittersweet Symphony, Catching The Butterfly
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From DeusExMackia 07/08/2019 15:02
Britpop's softer and most eloquent side. A songbook for the disenfranchised, Urban Hymns is beautiful from start to finish, capturing the disgruntled tinge of its contemporaries and presenting it in a conversational and delicate attire. It's a flawed masterpiece, too long and too soft for its own good in places, but it's hard to deny how reassuring and how comforting Richard Ashcroft's words are.

I have a lot of sentiment with this record. It came out just around the time I was born, and the CD copy I still play in the car all the time is the same as the one my parents bought shortly after its release; Lucky Man inadvertently soundtracked a lot of big moments in my life, and very aptly too I must add; the album has opened me up to a hell of a lot of other 90s alternative bands, and continues to shape my taste to this day.

It's for those reasons that I can forgive the slow pacing and dragged feel that others pick out. Urban Hymns packs the depth and approachability that I crave on occasion - a healthy dose of slightly dreamy alt rock, with enough 90s guitar riffs for all the family and a diorama of melancholic, politically tinged lyrics - and has been there for me enough to have earned a prized place among my collection. A flawed masterpiece for sure, but like all flawed masterpieces, it's what you see in it that matters most.
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From lstevens 03/06/2019 15:55
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Top Tracks: "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Sonnet", "The Drugs Don't Work"

The great songs are great, but everything seems to go on too long and the arrangements start to get confusing after a little while.
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From Goliath 12/22/2018 10:58
Apart from the obvious track, Lucky Man, The Drugs Don't Work, Sonnet, The Rolling People and Come On are great tracks. The rest is listenable, but not Neon Wilderness which should have not appeared on this album.
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From SamAndreas 04/21/2018 14:28
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From Sandrof1969 02/18/2018 17:18
Al tempo era impossibile resistere al tormentone "Bitter sweet symphony": poi le varie "Sonnet", "Drugs don't work", "Lucky man" avevano quel piglio pop che, alle mie orecchie, dava all'intero lavoro un tocco di stucchevolezza del quale avrei fatto a meno. Oggi le considero delle belle canzoni, prive di quei legami con la psichedelia che hanno altri brani del disco, meno riusciti secondo me.
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From Strangel 12/19/2017 01:08
A bit top heavy but one of the best Britpop era albums.
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From Pretender 07/06/2017 05:32
A lucky strike for the mediocre. That flow that puts a person in enough clarity, once in a lifetime, to create something worth something for someone other than himself.
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From fisher60 01/22/2017 16:11
Great listen
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Best Albums of 1997
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. Homogenic by Björk
3. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
4. The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
5. Urban Hymns by The Verve
6. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized
7. The Colour And The Shape by Foo Fighters
8. F♯A♯∞ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
9. Perfect From Now On by Built To Spill
10. The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
11. The Fat Of The Land by The Prodigy
12. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One by Yo La Tengo
13. The Mollusk by Ween
14. Blur by Blur
15. Young Team by Mogwai
16. Homework by Daft Punk
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