Review: The Verve ‘Forth’

The Verve ‘Forth’: Aidin Vaziri | There’s only one thing that can kill the buzz of seeing your favorite band from 1994 get back together: new material. That’s what happened when the members of the Verve reunited for a second time last year after more than a decade of hostility. They resurrected the old reverb-drenched psychedelia of their early years beautifully and even put fresh air into the songs from 1997’s breakthrough “Urban Hymns,” but then they closed every concert with the preposterous, sample-heavy post-reunion jam, “Love Is Noise.” Now comes a full album of new stuff – the group’s fourth, in case the punny title didn’t spell it out clearly enough – that somehow makes that track actually sound decent. The rest of the disc works off the same basic blueprint as the band’s old material (all of it) but somehow sounds unfinished, with just one track wrapping things up in less than five minutes and several others seemingly never really developed beyond basic studio sketches (see the self-descriptive “Noise Epic”). It’s just as well. Front man Richard Ashcroft, left, has already announced plans to resume his solo career, and we all know how that well that was going.

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