Urban Hymns

The Verve - Urban Hymns
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1997 Ratings: #19 / 82
User Score
Based on 317 ratings
1997 Ratings: #70
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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.

83
Entertainment Weekly

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

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

JayCrackers
83

One of the most iconic Britpop record out there, with beloved songs like Bitter Sweet Symphony, Lucky Man and Sonnet all of which are amazing in their own right. Alongside a consistent record with some impressive deeper cuts like Come On and Space and Time and you have one of the best mellow and psychedelic filled Britpop records, which both deserves to be iconic and praised.

Track Review

Bitter Sweet Symphony 10/10
Sonnet 9/10
The Rolling People 8/10
The Drugs Don't Work 9.5/10
Catching the ... read more

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

Felix_96
60

6/10

solid

Fav track: Bittersweet Symphony

RichardsH
87

It’s a classic, it’s pretty iconic, and it’s also absolute amazing

Salvatoridis
87

sad

chuckbush
80

Um álbum interessante para quem é aficionado pelo uso de instrumentos musicais básicos e demonstra disposição pela sonoridade do Britpop. Entre as faixas se destaca a ótima "Bitter Sweet Symphony" que tornou-se um clássico.

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Added on: April 16, 2013