On Our Own; Release date: Aug. 19, 2008
The Deal: After splitting in 1999, British rockers The Verve release new album Forth. The album is the bands fourth album, following 1997s Urban Hymns.
The Good: The album begins with a strong track called Sit and Wonder. Quickly it becomes clear that The Verve has visited the depths of the soundscrapes this go around. It creates a blend of strange, transcendent sound additions - like on the albums single Love Is Noise. What is that sound on the track? It sounds partially like a woo-hoo and partially like a gospel choir. Either way the combination is an extra to the songs already blooming rhythmic flow. Vocalist Richard Ashcrofts voice is charming as he sings each track (He hasnt lost his touch, thats for sure). The track Rather Be, resembles Lucky Man off of Urban Hymns. Judas and Valium Skies are proof of The Verves calm and melodic musical craftsmanship abilities, but others like Noise Epic, show a shift in the bands normal musical routine with an inconsistent and frantic song structure. The extra electronic vibes add a psychedelic element to the album. The Verves sound has risen with an experimental touch, but it isnt lacking in rock hooks and captivating catches.
The Bad: Not much. Forth might have some going Huh? because of all the new layers of unfamiliar sounds. But, give it a chance and the bands new music elements will leave you flying inside.
The Verdict: Another worthy and brilliant effort by The Verve. This might just be the bands best album to date. Forth is well-worth a welcome into the CD collection. Hopefully the band wont wait so long for its next release.