Frontman Richard Ashcroft sings great throughout, especially on the lead single "Love is Noise". He sounds like he's really reaching for a different feel on Forth. His potential is especially tapped on the beautiful "Judas", and on the disc's most intriguing track "I See Houses", where Ashcroft considers his day-to-day life ala Village Green-era Ray Davies. Two of the longest tracks (note – only one of the album's ten songs are under five minutes...) are the very rockin' "Noise Epic" and the more inspired, seven-and-a-half minute long "Columbo". The album's lead cut – "Sit and Wonder" – is vintage Ashcroft crooning.
Also a showcase for The Verve's often overlooked guitarist Nick McCabe, Forth is a very cool listen that harkens back to the days when music listening was done an album side at a time rather than one track at a time. Let's hope enough people get a chance to listen to this new music in its natural habitat.
Written by Dan Reed