Urban Hymns

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Urban Hymns
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Studio album by
Released29 September 1997 (1997-09-29)
RecordedOctober 1996 – May 1997
Studio Olympic, London
Genre Britpop [1]
Length75:57
Label Hut
Producer
The Verve chronology
Five by Five
(1997)
Urban Hymns
(1997)
This Is Music: The Singles 92–98
(2004)
Singles from Urban Hymns
  1. "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
    Released: 16 June 1997 (1997-06-16)
  2. "The Drugs Don't Work"
    Released: 1 September 1997 (1997-09-01)
  3. "Lucky Man"
    Released: 24 November 1997 (1997-11-24)
  4. "Sonnet"
    Released: 2 March 1998 (1998-03-02)

Urban Hymns is the third studio album by English alternative rock band the Verve, released on 29 September 1997 on Hut Records. It earned nearly unanimous critical praise upon its release, and went on to become the band's best-selling release and one of the biggest selling albums of the year. As of 2019, Urban Hymns is ranked the 18th best-selling album in UK chart history [2] and has sold over ten million copies worldwide. [3] This is the only Verve album to feature guitarist and keyboardist Simon Tong, who initially joined the band to replace their original guitarist Nick McCabe. McCabe rejoined the band soon after, however, and Tong was considered the fifth member of the band; this makes the album the only one that the band recorded as a five-piece.

Contents

The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man" and UK number one "The Drugs Don't Work". The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998. [4] [5] "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. [6] It was also among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis. [7] In 2013, NME ranked it at number 128 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [8]

Background

The Verve had previously released two albums, A Storm in Heaven in 1993 and A Northern Soul in 1995. The band had only achieved moderate commercial success up to that point, and the band split shortly after their second album due to internal conflicts. Vocalist Richard Ashcroft quickly reformed the group, with Simon Tong, an old friend of the band on guitar, however Ashcroft realised Nick McCabe's unique guitar style was required to complete the true Verve unit and later asked him to return. Tong also remained adding more guitar and keyboard/organ textures, making them a five-piece band and expanding their sound. [9]

The four-piece had already recorded several tracks for the album with Youth as producer, but once McCabe returned they re-recorded several tracks and changed producers to Chris Potter. McCabe said that in the next seven months of work, "... the key tracks were recorded from scratch, but some of them were already there." [10]

The cover photo was taken in Richmond Park, London by photographer Brian Cannon, who was also responsible for the artwork of the band's previous two albums. Cannon said that the simplicity of the image was because Ashcroft simply wanted fans to "listen to the fucking record". [11]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [12]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [14]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [15]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [16]
NME 8/10 [17]
Pitchfork 8.6/10 [18]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [19]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [20]
Select 5/5 [21]

Urban Hymns received widespread critical praise upon its release. [22] Melody Maker hailed it as "an album of unparalleled beauty so intent on grabbing at the strands of music's multi-hued history". [23] Ted Kessler of NME praised Urban Hymns as the band's best album to date, adding that its first five songs alone "pound all other guitar albums this year – bar Radiohead's OK Computer – into the ground with their emotional ferocity and deftness of melodic touch." [17] Similarly, Rolling Stone critic David Fricke deemed it "a defiantly psychedelic record — soaked in slipstream guitars and breezy strings, cruising at narcotic-shuffle velocity — about coping and crashing". [20] The Los Angeles Times ' Sara Scribner noted its "lush, intricate, ethereal sound" and felt that The Verve had "delivered an achingly beautiful record that's just desperate enough to never get boring." [16]

In a more mixed assessment, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune felt that Urban Hymns was lacking in enough songs as memorable as "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and "The Drugs Don't Work" to justify the album's long length. [13] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice cited the latter track as a "choice cut", [24] indicating a good song on "an album that isn't worth your time or money." [25]

Urban Hymns spent 12 weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart, with a total of 124 weeks on the chart. [26] It also became The Verve's first charting album in the United States, where it debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200, [27] giving the band their first commercial success in the country. [28] Urban Hymns ultimately peaked at number 23 on the chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on 4 April 1998; [29] it remains the group's best-selling album in the United States to date, with over 1.3 million copies sold as of 2009. [30]

Legacy

Melody Maker named Urban Hymns as the number one album of 1997 in its year-end list, [31] and the album ranked at number three on NME 's year-end critics' poll. [32] Q also included it in their own list of the best albums of 1997, [33] and it ranked at number 18 on The Village Voice 's year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll. [34] At the 1998 Brit Awards, Urban Hymns won the award for Best British Album and The Verve themselves were awarded Best British Group. [22] The same year, Richard Aschroft won an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. [22] The album was also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, which was ultimately awarded to Gomez' Bring It On . [35] By April 1999, however, renewed tensions within the band, particularly between Ashcroft and McCabe, would lead The Verve to split up for a second time, at the height of their critical and commercial success. [22]

In the years following its release, Urban Hymns has received much acclaim. In 2000 it was voted number 213 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums . [36] Q included it in their 1999 list of the 90 best albums of the 1990s, [37] while the magazine's readers voted it the eighteenth best album of all-time in 1998, [38] later moved up to sixteenth place in a similar list compiled in 2006. [39] The Verve were awarded with the first ever Q Classic Album award for Urban Hymns at the 2007 Q Awards, [40] and the following year, Urban Hymns was ranked as the tenth best British album of all time in a poll jointly conducted by Q and HMV. [41] It was also nominated for Best British Album of the Last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards, but lost to Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory? . [42] In 2013, NME ranked it at number 128 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [43]

In a retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called Urban Hymns "a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary", further crediting it as the album that The Verve had "been striving to make since their formation." [12] BBC Music critic Wendy Roby wrote in 2010 that Urban Hymns "still sounds thrilling" and "soars with autumnal melancholy", crediting the album's mix of "massive, sweeping" arrangements and Ashcroft's "heartbreaking" lyrics as its key characteristics. [44] Uncut wrote that "the most striking qualities of Urban Hymns now are its musical coherence and the powerfully sustained mood of melancholic stoicism." [45] On the other hand, Emily Tartanella of Magnet felt that Urban Hymns was undeserving of its accolades, calling it "one of the most bloated, boring and overpraised albums of the '90s." [46]

Track listing

All songs written by Richard Ashcroft, except where noted.

International version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer [47] [48] Length
1."Bitter Sweet Symphony" 
5:58
2."Sonnet" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
4:21
3."The Rolling People"The Verve
7:01
4."The Drugs Don't Work" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
5:05
5."Catching the Butterfly"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
6:26
6."Neon Wilderness"
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
2:37
7."Space and Time" 
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
5:36
8."Weeping Willow" 
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
4:49
9."Lucky Man" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
4:53
10."One Day" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
5:03
11."This Time" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
3:50
12."Velvet Morning" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
4:57
13."Come On" (includes hidden song "Deep Freeze")The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
15:15
Total length:1:15:57

Note: The original album's digital version and Japanese version has "Deep Freeze" as a separate track following "Come On", without the silence in between (on Japanese version due to limited duration of CD). [49] In the 2017 digital and physical remastered versions, both tracks are joined with the silence.

Japanese version
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
13."Lord I Guess I'll Never Know" 
  • The Verve
  • Youth
4:52
14."Come On"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
6:38
15."Deep Freeze"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter
2:14
Total length:1:14:26

B-sides

A total of 10 other songs were released as B-sides for the album's singles, in various configurations.

Bitter Sweet Symphony
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Lord I Guess I'll Never Know"Ashcroft
  • The Verve
  • Youth
4:52
2."Country Song"The Verve
7:50
The Drugs Don't Work
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Never Wanna See You Cry"Ashcroft
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter [51]
4:32
2."MSG"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter [51]
7:02
3."The Longest Day"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter [51]
7:23
Lucky Man
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Three Steps"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter [52]
5:03
2."The Crab"Ashcroft
5:34
3."Stamped"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Chris Potter [52]
5:32
Sonnet
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."So Sister"Ashcroft
  • The Verve
  • Youth [53]
4:11
2."Echo Bass"The Verve
  • The Verve
  • Youth [53]
6:38

Personnel

The Verve
Additional personnel
Technical

Charts

Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF) [99] Gold30,000^
Australia (ARIA) [100] 3× Platinum210,000^
Belgium (BEA) [101] Platinum50,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [102] 2× Platinum200,000^
France (SNEP) [103] Platinum300,000*
Germany (BVMI) [104] Platinum500,000^
Italy
sales 1997-1998
250,000 [105]
Italy (FIMI) [106]
sales since 2009
Gold25,000*
Japan (RIAJ) [107] Gold100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI) [108] Platinum100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [109] Platinum15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [110] Platinum100,000^
Sweden (GLF) [111] Platinum80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) [112] Platinum50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [113] 11× Platinum3,315,950 [114]
United States (RIAA) [115] Platinum1,358,000 [116]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI) [117] 4× Platinum4,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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