October 10, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

Acoustic/electric guitar interplay; orchestral crescendos; vocals reverently delivering uplifting lyrics. Barry Manilow’s latest? Nope. Just a surprising — and stunning — comeback from Britain’s shoe-gazing shamans the Verve, resurrected after two splintered years. Crooner Richard Ashcroft makes it all sound like churchworthy gospel. Or at least a tidy sermon for jaded MTVers. B+

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