Speaking of anniversaries, it's hard to believe that it has been ten years since The Verve's final studio album, Urban Hymns, came out. At the time of its release, I was sixteen year old punk rock, hip-hop-loving skateboarder - everything I listened to was hard or fast. But when I finally heard the sweeping symphonic soundscapes on the legally-fated single "Bittersweet Symphony" one afternoon on MTV, I was instantly hooked. With my recently acquired drivers license, I was able to make a beeline to the music store to buy the Urban Hymns cassette. (The truck I drove only had a tape deck, and I only had ten bucks.) I drove around listening to it until I had to return home for dinner. It didn't leave my stereo for months, and opened the gates to all the British shoegaze that came before it, when I was busy paying attention to Descendents, Subhumans, and Wu-Tang.
Today, nearly ten years later, I find myself sucked in by its swan song elegance. And I sincerely believe "Lucky Man" is one of the most beautiful songs EVER.