by Jen Procop
||The Verve - This is Music
( Singles 92-98)
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
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?
This is Music ( Singles 92-98)
/ EMI Records
This Is Music
She's A Supertstar
On Your Own
All In The Mind
Drugs Won't Work, The
This Could Be My Moment - (previously
Monte Carlo - (previously unreleased)
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