The Verve formed in 1990 in Wigan, England. They released their debut single in 1992, and scored several UK indie chart hits before the release of their first LP in 1993. The album, A Storm In Heaven, reached number 27 in the UK. The album was positively received, but it was their follow-up, A Northern Soul, that really saw the critics take notice. The album was hailed by critics and reached number 13 in the UK, the amount of press received was disproportionate to their fame. However, soon after its release Ashcroft announced that they had split. The break-up proved relatively short-lived, and they returned in 1997 in stunning fashion with Urban Hymns. The album won numerous awards, sold millions of copies, spawned some classic singles, and is now universally regarded as one of the defining albums of the 90s. Inter-band tensions surfaced once again, and they split in 1999. A decade after the release of their seminal Britpop album, The Verve reformed to record a new album in 2007. They headlined the Glastonbury Festival in 2008, and Fourth was generally regarded as a solid, if unremarkable effort. The band split up again in 2009.
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