Everyone who is 'old' enough to have experienced the nineties consciously will definitely remember The Verve's glory days. They formed by the end of the eighties and released two (shoegazing style) albums and a couple of ep's - underground successes, but not very known by the masses - before really breaking through. The inducement for that was their third album Urban Hymns, including the hit singles 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'Lucky Man' and 'The Drugs Don't Work'. Two years later, however, they split up.
Singer Richard Ashcroft managed to deal with his drug problem and obtained quite some successes with his solo material (remember the beautiful 'Break The Night With Colour'). Nevertheless, in 2007, The Verve decided to give it another go. 2008 is the year of truth for Richard and his men, the year in which they release not only the new single 'Love Is Noise', but also a complete new album called 'Forth'. Not everyone is as fond of the ongoing voice sample in 'Love Is Noise', but I am a devoted fan of this new song.
The Verve - 'Love Is Noise'
Love is noise, love is pain
Love is these blues that I'm feeling again
live version at Glastonbury
The Verve - 'Bittersweet Symphony'
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work'
Richard Ashcroft - 'Break The Night With Colour'