By Peter Galvin
Updated June 30, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Swirling, psychedelic guitar textures substitute for melody on the British band second full-length album, A Northern Soul. While riffs huff and puff in search of a hook, the lyrics repeat the same banal motifs over and over. Lacking a substantial artistic vision, the Verve creates a musical sound and fury that signifies nothing. B