Orion’s music review
The Verve is one of those bands that is surrounded by controversy at all times. You name it they have gone through it, everything from destroying hotel rooms to having run-ins with the authorities over drugs, of course.
The worst bit about them by far is their hit song "Bittersweet Symphony," the song is amazing truly a defining song of the 90’s. The only catch is they used a sample of the Rolling Stones to make it, so whenever you hear that song (who hasn’t heard it like a million times?) the money goes to the Stones label, that really stings.
So it’s not surprising the band has broken up a couple times. What is surprising is the fact that they consistently produce amazing albums.
Maybe they just thrive on chaos. This album proves that no matter what is going on they still have the talent to hang with the big boys of rock. The Verve has always been about epic, spacey, ambient soundscapes coupled with a keen ability to meld a catchy anthem to it. It is the quintessential arena rock music, this album is quite simply, huge sounding. It not once gets overwhelming though, mostly due to Richard Ashcroft’s voice, he has one of those instantly recognizable voices that keeps you engaged with the record.
Listening to the Verve again makes you realize that Coldplay totally ripped off their sound for their new album. Not that it’s a bad thing, origianality in rock is overrated anyway. Case in point, neither of these bands would exist without U2. Back to the point, this record is great and signals the triumphant return of one of rock’s more interesting bands.
– Alex Henry
Orion’s Top Ten CDs
1. Beck – Modern Guilt
2. B.B. King – One Kind Favor
3. Donovan Frankenreiter – Pass It Around
4. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
5. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
6. Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
7. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
8. Gipsy Kings – Pasajero
9. Tu Fawning – Secession
10. The Game – L.A.X.
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