Urban Hymns

The Verve - Urban Hymns
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #20 / 77
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
1997 Ratings: #39
Liked by 4 people
September 29, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
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

Barelydead
74
Everyone thought that the Britpop era came to an end, because of the decline of the popularity of britpop genre . Bands actually had three options:
1. To change their sound.
2.To disband.
3. To be Oasis.
All the alternatives were pain in the ass, but The Verve haven't said their last word. They released "Urban Hymns" at the end of 1997, when britpop considered past and ended up being one of the best selling albums from this genre. With its beautiful melodies and melancholic lyrics, ... read more
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
Melancoholic
85
Essential.
noonoo97
86
Prefer this to any Blur or Oasis album.
DraizMusic
95
Fantastic combination of brit-pop, brit-rock and psychedelic shoegaze elements that works amazingly well here.
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Year End Lists

#39/Consequence of Sound

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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