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It might’ve been more interesting to sequence this compilation chronologically so that listeners could hear the Verve’s evolution from tripped-out, post-shoegazing longhairs to coiffed Britrock contenders for the crown held by Oasis. But the song order here actually makes for a cohesive flow, sounding more like an album. “This Is Music” from 1995’s Northern Soul opens with the powerful punch of Nick McCabe’s monolithic guitars and singer Richard Ashcroft balancing confidence with arrogance — it perfectly bridges the gap between the band’s early space-rock blastoffs and their ambitious hunger to grab the brass ring from the Gallagher brothers. Early epics like the attitude-heavy “All In the Mind,” the astral-climbing “She’s a Superstar,” and the wayfaring “Slide Away” are euphoric-sounding, and for the sentimentally wistful, the best of the band’s ballads surface here too, like break-up anthem “History” and “On Your Own,” as well as the more uplifting hit “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” Urban Hymns outtake “This Could Be My Moment” best hints at Ashcroft’s solo direction.

Customer Reviews

Verve Singles

Compared to the album versions of each song and the albums themselves I'd say the verve singles album is extremely dull. It seems as if someone over polished the songs with a goody two shoes machine to where there is no real emotion behind them giving them an extreme lackluster feel. If you're just getting into the verve don't get this. Instead, I would suggest getting the Verve EP, No Come Down, and A Northern Soul. All of which are brilliant and deserve more credit then what they got.


Formed: 1989 in Wigan, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Long acclaimed as one of the most innovative and spellbinding bands on the contemporary British pop scene, the Verve finally broke through to a mass international audience in 1997 with the instant classic "Bittersweet Symphony." By no stretch a study in overnight success, the group's rise was instead the culmination of a long, arduous journey that began at the dawn of the decade and went on to encompass a major breakup, multiple lawsuits, and an extensive diet of narcotics. Perfecting an oceanic...
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