The Verve

All in the Mind

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"All in the Mind" is a pop gem with its psychedelic guitar hook, but admittedly is not a good representation of the Verve's sound at the time. "One Way to Go" and "Man Called Sun," however, show off their tendency to groove, building moody songs out of repetitive phrases that are the perfect backdrop for Richard Ashcroft's acid-tinged lyrics. With its minimalistic, echo-laden guitar, droning bass and heavy backbeat, "Man Called Sun" is the first Verve classic. While a strong single, All in the Mind is a product of a young band's unsure first trip into the recording studio.

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