The Verve - Forth
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Based on 23 reviews
2008 Ratings: #408 / 757
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Based on 31 ratings
2008 Ratings: #182
August 19, 2008 / Release Date
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On Our Own / MRI / Label
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The album will satisfy those wondering whether the band can achieve the nosebleed heights of its formidable back catalog, and it’s once again evident that Ashcroft needs guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury to keep his shamanistic flights of fancy tethered to earth.

A.V. Club

Forth proves that The Verve still has it, and it's all about chemistry.


Much of Forth makes a strong case for the continued vitality of big-tent guitar anthems

Rolling Stone
The songs skirt standard verse-chorus form; the best of them are just chord patterns that swirl and mutate with slow assurance.
This album is probably the most solid foundation this quartet have had in 15 years, and it would be a disaster if it wasn’t a springboard for several more.
Forth certainly makes it seem like they’ve never been away, the stench of those woeful Ashcroft solo albums extinguished.
Entertainment Weekly

This belated follow-up Forth doesn’t have anything as memorable as Hymns’ ”Bitter Sweet Symphony.” But the soulful single ”Love Is Noise” and the sweeping ”Valium Skies” come close.

Slant Magazine

While Forth is certainly flawed and overreaching, there's enough to suggest that the Verve, assuming they're able to keep it together, can use the album as a foundation for something as compelling as their '90s output.

Coke Machine Glow

Forth is a decent reminder of what makes the Verve great.

The Guardian

Just as Forth shares the strengths of those early albums, it proves that the Verve are yet to grow out of their shortcomings.


In 1997, this kind of thing-- crisp, echoing guitars, provincial strings, existential moodiness-- actually sounded kind of exciting. Just over a decade later, though, the exact same recipe, prepared exactly the same way, conjures up new dominant aftertastes: false profundity, compositional laziness, and outsized egos.

The Verve tried to pretend that nothing changed in their 10 year-hiatus and tried to release something similar with their 90s works. While this wasn't far in quality from their previous albums, it wasn't 1997 anymore and of course didn't work and the drugs didn't work either.

Highlights: "Love Is Noise "
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Year End Lists

#46/Q Magazine
#61/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Sit And Wonder 
  2. Love Is Noise 
  3. Rather Be 
  4. Judas 
  5. Numbness 
  6. I See Houses 
  7. Noise Epic 
  8. Valium Skies 
  9. Columbo 
  10. Appalachian Springs

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