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Album Review

With their second album, the addition of A.J. Dunning to the mix gives them a more aggressive guitar sound. At the same time, they show a more adventurous side, exploring a broad definition of pop music from delicate love songs and 3/4 ballads to edgy, bitter rockers, even taking on the occassional Latin rhythm — each song takes on a different character, but all are tied together by pop smarts, clever songwriting, and lush four-part harmonies.

Customer Reviews

It's so worth it!

Seriously, one of the most underrated bands of the 90's. Try "Spoonfool of Sugar", "Honest", and "Out Like a Lamb"; you won't regret it.

Great sophmore effort

Verve Pipes second album - self released and shows how the band had grown. Much more produced than the first album it let's the band shine at many levels. I still enjoy the build of What You Wanted, a soft ballad that turns into a powerful statement that everyone who has gone throught a one sided break-up can relate. Out Like a Lamb - stories are still floating that this song was writen about the incident in Waco TX, but never confirmed. Still it's an errie song about following yourself, or others. If you enjoy The Verve Pipe from the song "The Freshman" it's worth your time to check out what is likely the better of the two pre RCA releases.

Verve pipe

I grew up with this music, the best album of classic rock I've ever heard.


Formed: 1992 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primarily known for their post-grunge blockbuster hit "The Freshmen," the Verve Pipe formed in 1992 in Lansing, Michigan, where frontman Brian Vander Ark pieced his group together from the ashes of two local bands. He and his brother, bassist Brad Vander Ark, had previously played in Johnny with an Eye, while drummer Donny Brown and guitarist Brian Stout were veterans of Water 4 the Pool. Both bands had been local favorites throughout Michigan, which helped the newly formed Verve Pipe become a local...
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