Urban Hymns

Label
EMI UK
Release date
29 Sep 1997
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
69:29

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bitter Sweet Symphony 5:58 948,955
2 Sonnet 4:21 378,340
3 The Rolling People 7:02 177,090
4 The Drugs Don't Work 5:05 353,264
5 Catching The Butterfly 6:26 200,020
6 Neon Wilderness 2:37 173,930
7 Space And Time 5:36 191,090
8 Weeping Willow 4:49 190,601
9 Lucky Man 4:53 402,058
10 One Day 5:03 161,431
11 This Time 3:50 172,069
12 Velvet Morning 4:57 162,037
13 Come On 6:40 130,789
14 Deep Freeze 2:12 13,710

About this album

Urban Hymns is the third album by English rock band The Verve, released on 29 September, 1997. 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.

The album received nearly unanimous critical praise upon its release, with Melody Maker naming Urban Hymns as the number-one album of 1997 in its year-end list. The album is featured in book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.

In the years following its release, Urban Hymns received much acclaim. In 1998, it won Best British Album at the Brit Awards, it was also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, and Q magazine readers voted it the 18th greatest album of all time. The magazine placed it at the same position in 2001. In 2006 its editors voted it the 16th greatest album of all time. The Verve were awarded with the first ever “Q Classic Album” award for this album at the 2007 Q Awards. In a 2008 poll, Urban Hymns was ranked as the 10th best British album of all time.

The Verve were known for their music’s complex, immersive sonic textures. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and remains the band’s most well-known song. “The Drugs Don’t Work”, the Verve’s only number one single in the UK, has become a concert staple for jam bands and other groups. The rest of the album alternates between wistful ballads like “Sonnet” and “Space and Time”, spacey grooves like “Catching the Butterfly” and “The Rolling People”, and all-out rockers like the Led Zeppelin-esque, pounding “Come On”, which closes the album.

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  • Arthur_Lima

    Are you crazy, @XJ220RACER? "Velvet Morning", "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Space and Time" are great too. There are amazing material in this album besides the also amazing material in his B-sides.

    24 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • XJ220RACER

    Keep The Rolling People, Butterfly, Weeping Willow, Lucky Man and Come On. Replace the questionably radio-shortened BSS with the proper 8 minute "extended version". Then replace all the other filler with Echo Bass, Monte Carlo, Three Steps, The Longest Day and maybe even Monkey Magic and Let the Damage Begin...then that would be the true masterpiece. It's just impossible for me not to view at least the track listing as disappointing compared to what it could have been.

    17 Jan 8:31pm Reply
  • Sutinen

    Totally great album.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • guowa

    one of my fav albums for sure!

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    One of their best albums in my opinion - every song is amazing.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    What's wrong with its production? Sounds nice, not that awful like Death Magnetic or Californication. Or maybe it's my version of the album sounds good? o_0

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • metawirt

    Great album, but awful loudness mastering. Is there a more "audiophile" bootleg master?

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Arthur_Lima

    And yeah, I disagree, PartySanCTG, i love the awesomes b-sides but I think Urban Hymns it's epic from beggining (Bitter Sweet Symphony) to the end (Come On) too.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Arthur_Lima

    1203 scrobbles in your library. So it goes.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    100% of this album is The Verve classic

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    I'm surprised PartySanCTG didn't mention anything about the production this time

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • borgy

    I'm not the one fucking kidding. I don't think they really cared about trying to be cool when they wrote those honest direct songs you've incorrectly labelled 'cod ballad crap mushfests'. I stand by my statement.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Lee's right, Borgy. You're the one fucking kidding if you can accept cod-ballad crap mushfests like Sonnet and The Drugs Don't Work and failed experiments like One Day and This Velvet Morning on the EPIC FROM BEGINNING TO END ALBUM. Again, you'd have more grounds to disagree if some of the crap was replaced by the superior B-sides.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    Not as good as A Storm In Heaven, but still solid

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    What's the next album I should listen to by these guys?

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • borgy

    Huge exaggeration? Are you fucking kidding? It's epic beginning to end. Lots of heart and soul. It's an affirmation of life. It's a powerful cleansing record. If this was the last album I heard on my death bed, I'd be satisfied.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • RockBottomRiser

    FUCKING AMAZING.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Pales in comparison to the Verve's shoegaze work, and just comes off Northern Soul without even less psychedelic influence.

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Meh. As others have said, it's not A Storm in Heaven. It does have its moments, though. But "one of the best albums ever recorded" is a huge exaggeration.

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
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