Urban Hymns (studio album) by The Verve

Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns by The Verve
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 279th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 977 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1997 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (54th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (279th)
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The Verve - Urban Hymns (CD, Sep-1997, Virgin)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.3/100, a mean average of 76.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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75/100
From 09/03/2020 02:23
The brilliant stretch of songs at the beginning is unfortunately weighed down by the lackluster second half
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80/100
From 06/17/2020 11:06
Good record. Best songs are in the begin of the album. Lucky Man is the only great song in the second part.
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95/100
From 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 07/20/2019 01:56
Favorite Tracks:Bittersweet Symphony, Catching The Butterfly
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90/100
From 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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90/100
From 03/06/2019 15:55
8.8/10

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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80/100
From 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 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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80/100
From 12/19/2017 01:08
A bit top heavy but one of the best Britpop era albums.
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