Urban Hymns

The Verve - Urban Hymns
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #19 / 73
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
1997 Ratings: #21
September 29, 1997 / Release Date
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Hut / Virgin / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Urban Hymns is a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary. It is the album the Verve have been striving to make since their formation, and it turns out to be worth all the wait.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Crooner Richard Ashcroft makes it all sound like churchworthy gospel. Or at least a tidy sermon for jaded MTVers.

86
Pitchfork
The Verve's affirmant melodies dance and haunt. Vocalist Richard Ashcroft even looks and sounds like a ghost. Ironic that one of the year's best rock albums moves earth without excessive stroking of the guitar.
80
NME

Its sheer magnificence and spirit is such that the danger of it overwhelming anything that follows it is obvious. This, after all, is the musical signature of the year

70
Sputnikmusic

There's a problem with this album that on repeated listens becomes very hard to ignore; namely the massive gulf in quality that exists between the outstanding singles, and a lot of the rest of the album

70
Rolling Stone

"Urban Hymns" ... is an entire album on the subject, a defiantly psychedelic record -- soaked in slipstream guitars and breezy strings, cruising at narcotic-shuffle velocity -- about coping and crashing

bajafrecuencia
60
Solía adorar esto, pero si bien encuentro mucho que abrazar y alabar, es un trabajo atrasado y genérico en contraposición con otros proyectos de la era del britpop. De todas formas, una producción pulida y exhorbitante en éxitos.

Strong 6
noonoo97
86
Prefer this to any Blur or Oasis album.
Tielur
85
There are a lot of sentimental cuts, a lot of typical alt rock sounds of the 90's, but a lot of it comes through beautifully. Where do you think that sound stemmed from? Bands like The Verve. If you're looking for some more heart in Brit Pop, The Verve is the band for you, and Urban Hymnes is the highlight.
100
For me, this album has a lot of meaning to it. When I 13 and really starting to love music, I started pillaging my dads music collection, finding albums that I thought would make me seem like a more sophisticated listener. Most of what I picked up went over my head (though the vast majority I would later revisit and see the quality) however when I listened through Urban Hymns by The Verve, I was blown away. Yes, I was younger and my taste was incredibly 'limited' in a sense (I think my ... read more
notbuzzzila
80
One of britpop's best albums, Urban Hymns remains one of the 90's's best-aged records. Besides the ever-present nostalgia of Bittersweet Symphony and Sonnet, Urban Hymns does not sound like any other alt-rock albums of the 90's, which had a very defined sound (listen to a band like The Verve Pipe to get a good picture of it) that this did not fit into. With elements of baroque pop, space rock, shoegaze and psychedelic rock, Urban Hymns is an audial experience that takes you off of this world ... read more
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Year End Lists

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Track List

  1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
  2. Sonnet
  3. The Rolling People
  4. The Drugs Don't Work
  5. Catching the Butterfly
  6. Neon Wilderness
  7. Space and Time
  8. Weeping Willow
  9. Lucky Man
  10. One Day
  11. This Time
  12. Velvet Morning
  13. Come On
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