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This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 (Virgin/EMI)

The Verve's American legacy will forever be "Bittersweet Symphony," a post-Britpop fusion of orchestral rock twinned alongside a soaring sample from the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time." It's one of 12 essentials here (including a pair of newly excavated surprises), featuring standouts "Lucky Man," "The Drugs Don't Work," and "Sonnet," which frankly makes you puzzle why the Stone Roses' Ian Brown is still in top solo form whilst Verve's Ashcroft continues releasing self-indulgent drivel every time the rent comes due. ****

Marc Savlov

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