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The Verve - This is Music ( Singles 92-98)
by Jen Procop

Buying a compilation album is a lot like going to McDonald’s. You pretty much know what to expect- no big surprises or uncertainties so you either you dig it or you don’t.  I’ll have the verve "This is music- the singles" combo with a side of sublime. I’m lovin’ it. 

This is music is a compilation of Verve singles plus two additional unreleased tracks.  I adored the entire album because it offers  the listener a ton of different style and genre that one can expect  from the verve: A little “Floydish trippy” blended with 90’s brit pop explosion, wrapped up in one fantastic CD.

Some critics have been judgmental towards the 'made for radio track' “This Could be My Moment’, but I instantly found myself attracted to its confident, upbeat vocals and obvious guitar swagger. Aside from “Moment” the CD dishes up all the sweet offerings of The Verve’s favorites like "The Drugs Don’t Work," "Bittersweet Symphony," and "Lucky Man".  My only disappointment is the absence of "Already There" from the Storm in Heaven, which is one of the best (and continually overlooked) songs by the band and although it was a b-side, it would have meshed well with this compilation. 

This is Music (Singles 92-98) neatly merges the experimental moody space rock of their early years ("She's A Superstar"), the confessional lyrics of their middle period ("A Northern Soul") to the epic success of "Urban Hymns". Ashcroft’s voice is haunting and mesmerizing just as you remembered it and the entire album leaves you wanting more. Can I biggie size my order?

CD Info 

The Verve- This is Music ( Singles 92-98)
Label: Capitol / EMI Records
This Is Music
Slide Away
Lucky Man
She's A Supertstar
On Your Own
All In The Mind
Drugs Won't Work, The
Gravity Grave
Bittersweet Symphony
This Could Be My Moment - (previously unreleased)
Monte Carlo - (previously unreleased)
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