3 Diaappointing by the usual Verve standardslizardkinglives | 07/09/2008 | See all lizardkinglives's reviews (12)While this is certainly not a bad album, I wouldn't recommend it as an introducer to anyone unfamiliar with The Verve. I found it a little too self-indulgent; six of the ten tracks are over six minutes long. Of course, they have included 'epic' tracks on previous albums, but here the extended tracks simply drag on with little variation. This may be due to a lack of new material to work with having not worked together for a few years, hence they felt they had to stretch out what they had. I would have rather have had the album ten minutes shorter rather than have my finger twitching at the skip button...furthermore some of the tracks sound like they belong more on an Ashcroft solo album - particularly 'Rather Be' and 'I See Houses.' Although I guess this was somewhat inevitable. That said, there are some highlights: Love Is Noise is by far the standout track, and although the song structure is questionable through much of the album, Nick McCabe once again produces some amazing sounds from his guitar. Ashcroft's voice is also stronger than ever. The live tracks on the accompanying DVD are awesome - hopefully a full length one will follow in the not-too-distant future as they always deliver the goods live! In short I would recommend this to dedicated fans, but it fades into insignificance against the masterful first three albums. Hopefully they will hold out again long enough for a true return to form!