I think I was only slightly aware of The Verve’s existence before they scored a near top ten hit in the States with Bittersweet Symphony. I dug that song and I bought the album, Urban Hymns, assuming that there would be songs similar to Bittersweet Symphony on it. There weren’t. Instead there were a handful of decent ballads and a handful of shitty mid tempo rock numbers. It was pretty average stuff.
Seeing as how the album sold over one million copies in the United States alone, I doubt I was the only one disappointed by the lack of more bittersweet symphonies on it. I for some reason seem to recall subsequently owning their first LP too. Maybe I thought that there was a Bittersweet Symphony-a-like on that. There wasn’t. If I recall correctly (and I don’t even care if I am correct here or not) that one featured almost jammy mid tempo rockers.
From what I understand, the band put out a reunion LP last summer. I doubt that has the follow up to Bittersweet Symphony that I was looking for and I don’t even really care about Bittersweet Symphony anymore anyway.
There was a diamond in the rough on the otherwise tedious second half of Urban Hymns, the song Lucky Man. This one actually charted in the States and I think that it got some play on MTV. Play it loud. It’s hot stuff.
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