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The Verve set to release 1st album since 1997

The Verve has christened its reunion album “Four” and will release it before the end of the summer.

The set is due Aug. 18 via EMI internationally and a day later in North America, where it will come out on the Verve’s On Our Own imprint with distribution via MRI/Megaforce/RED.

The album’s first single, “Love Is Noise,” was premiered on BBC Radio One today (June 23) and is now streaming from the band’s MySpace site.

“This is a very special band, with four incredibly talented people,” the Verve’s manager Jaz Summers told Billboard in February. “They made three great albums before. And they’re going to make another great album now. There’s a bit of magic when the four of them come together.”

The Verve got back together in 2007 following a nine-year hiatus. The band’s last album was 1997’s “Urban Hymns,” which launched the U.K. combo to worldwide stardom on the strength of the single “Bittersweet Symphony.” Since then, frontman Richard Ashcroft has recorded three solo albums.

The Verve has a dozen summer festival dates on tap, including a co-headlining slot at Glastonbury later this month.

Here the stream of the new single “Love is Noise”