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Urban Hymns

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This 1997 album would be The Verve's (and, arguably, Britpop's) swan song—at least until they reunited the following decade. Urban Hymns remains the band's greatest and most successful release, starting with the sweeping, strings-infused "Bitter Sweet Symphony." Exploring all manner of altered states—via drugs, love, and lucid dreaming—Richard Ashcroft is at his most introspective. Throughout, the band strikes a delicate balance between soft, solemn ballads (like highlights "Drugs Don't Work" and "Lucky Man") and extended jams of woozy, psychedelic rock.

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More than Bittersweet Symphony

This album is one of my favorites of all time. I only wish that they had witheld Bittersweet Symphony upon release because underneath that mega-hit is an incredibly deep, enriching, and magnificent record. Incredibly painful and melancholy while still offering glimmers of hope. It's one of those rare records that you can listen to all the way through.

90's kids stand up

great album love these guys sooo much!! like why arent others rating this album? it deserves a 10/10 !!!!


Only knew Bitter Sweet Symphony (like most people, I suppose), and was amazed at how good this record is. Every song is really good. Buy it. You won't regret it.


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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