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The Verve [Director’s Cut]
November 5, 2009, 6:51 pm
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FORTH
THE VERVE
PARLOPHONE

Cover art, the suits will tell you, still has its benefits. Take for example the sepia-toned cloudscape gracing The Verve’s comeback L.P. Its use is as a forewarning of the type of music within – loftily positioned, beige, and really just a lot of hot air.

Obfuscation reigns as the revamped unit treat us to frowsy, distended ambles of gruelling length, the listener stupefied into despondency. Even the mescaline excess of their debut was underpinned by compelling melody and actual song-writing but the handful of tracks clipped and readied for radio play are serviceable, but just so lacklustre. In the end Forth is fatally ineffectual.

The clean hooks and anthemic thrills of ‘Hymns’ are absent, replaced with ungainly, headless jams and Ashcroft’s star-child ruminations seem platitudinous. His diminished song writing knack cowers behind McCabe’s guitar sound, once the perfect creation to hoist even the most farfetched of Ashcroft’s sentiments. On Forth however the pair are communicating tenuously from either ends of the studio. Truly a saddening experience for those of a certain age. What once was sublime now seems dull and archaic. Dick, we’re very disappointed.

4/10

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