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Forget what you know about Verve singer Richard Ashcroft’s solo career and remember the most hypnotic moments of the Verve’s mid-‘90s output, and 2008’s Forth is exactly the “comeback” this British quartet always had in them. They’re picking up where they left off — in search of the eternal buzz. And they locate it with the sweet feedback of Nick McCabe’s guitar as it escalates in intensity while drummer Peter Salisbury and bassist Simon Jones settle into bedrock rhythms that never falter. The opening seven-minute cut, “Sit and Wonder,” sets the schematic. Nothing will rush these boys, so it’s best to lie back and let the music wash over you. “Love is Noise” speeds the tempo slightly and is the closest the group comes to pure pop territory with its naggingly catchy chorus.  With “Rather Be,” Ashcroft evokes Jim Morrison and Julian Cope with a psychedelic blues that spells ominous doom. Elsewhere, the group indulges its dreamy side with the slow burn majesty of “Judas,” the subdued chaos of “Numbness,” the creepy piano menace of “I See Houses,” and the sublime meditation of the album’s closer “Appalachian Springs.”

Customer Reviews

A return to better days!

The Verve have rekindled what was once a great fire musically and made a really enjoyable return with "Forth." This is pure Verve in every sense of the band. Ashcroft's voice retains its quality and in fact expands and explores different styles. This refreshing work capitalizes on their strengths and gives them some gentle but new terrain to explore. Every song on here is distinctly done in their style and matches their prior rock accomplishments.The only real problem is the legacy set down by this band. If you were introduced to this band through "Urban Hymns" this might be a slight disappointment. It is not on par with that album and attempts to draw comparisons will leave "Forth" appearing weak and contrived. However, if you look at this album on its own for its compositions, creativity and as part of the whole Verve catalog, you will be very pleased. This album does not break any new ground. In fact, it is almost like time travelling back to the 1990s. Atmospheric, well produced and full of nicely layered guitar work, this is what the Verve is all about. Pop this on the iPod and get ready to be transported. We have here a great bit of music and perfectly timed for cool autumn nights or a relaxing drive in the country. Their sound is timeless and still satisfies.

Verve still best band on Earth

I don't know what all the bad and mixed reviews are about in the papers and on the net. This album is everything I hoped it would be. Keep in mind I grew up a hip-hop kid in L.A., and The Verve is not only one of the few bands I ever really liked, they are about the only non-hip hop group that always has at least 1 CD in my changer. Sit and Wonder and Rather Be are great, Love is Noise took some time to grow on me but I like it a lot now, and everything else reminds me of why I got mesmerized by the EP, Storm in Heaven and Northern Soul. Hope we see more in the future... to Richard, Nick, Simon, and Peter, thanks for the ride, hope its not over yet.

Return to old ways and days

After listening to this album three times I declare it to be a return of the textural exploration of earlier albums A Storm in Heaven and Northern Soul that has been lacking in Richard AShcroft's solo work.


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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