Remastered on 2x 180g vinyl
Due to friction between vocalist Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe, the Verve nearly split up after the release of their second long player 'A Northern Soul'. Two years later however, with rifts patched up, the band released the album that would define their careers.
Much of the record consists of songs Ashcroft had intended for a solo project or a new group, yet 'Urban Hymns' unmistakably sounds like the work of a full band, with its sweeping, grandiose soundscapes and sense of purpose. the Verve have toned down their trancy, psychedelic excursions, yet haven't abandoned them - if anything, they sound more muscular than before, whether it's the trippy "Catching the Butterfly" or the pounding "Come On." These powerful, guitar-drenched rockers provide the context for Ashcroft's affecting, string-laden ballads, which give 'Urban Hymns' its hurt. The majestic "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and the heartbreaking, country-tinged "The Drugs Don't Work" are an astonishing pair, two anthemic ballads that make the personal universal, thereby sounding like instant classics.
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