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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00HVF52TG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For the returning Embrace, a 7 year hiatus was precipitated by the most commercially successful high-point in their career, having notched up another No.1 album and scored their highest placing in the UK singles chart, the band simply decided to head back home to their roots in West Yorkshire and take a clean break. Curious behaviour, for a band whose debut The Good Will Out was one of the fastest-selling British albums ever. With the self-titled new album Embrace, the band have mined their very essence and delivered a piece of work that unearths the core of what Embrace have always been about – skyward-bound music of the soul that reaches far beyond life’s parameters. As a group, Embrace have always inspired a fervid and devoted following –not because fashion dictated but because theirs was always a sound and a voice that elevated while, paradoxically, grounded that feeling in something that was real – the band simply would not compromise on their output, not anymore. It had to feel right. While the new record does contain the kind of soul-bearing honesty and vertiginous, life-affirming choruses that typifies their music – with the new album an element of raw darkness lurks with almost conspiratorial glee beneath – with The Good Will Out as their songs of innocence, Embrace encapsulates their songs of experience.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Noyce on 28 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
After 8 years away, Embrace have returned with this album and it is simply stunning. Whereas some bands might have tried to stick to the blueprint that made them famous to make sure their album sells, 'Embrace' is the work of a band who are clearly now in the place of wanting to just make great music rather than compromise just so they can get massive radio play or guarantee a run at The 02.

The album opens with Protection, sounding distinctly like Embrace of old but with added electronic sounds in the mix. A real attention grabber and a track which sets the tone for what follows. 'In The End' continues to make the listener sit up and re-evaluate whatever their preconceived ideas about Embrace are before comeback single 'Refugees' comes in to hammer home the point that there is no phoning it in or taking a lazy route here. This band are progressing and producing something that sounds relevant and fresh.

'I Run' is fantastic, a wonderful melody and heartfelt lyrics making it an instant future classic, Follow You Home's chorus destined to be sung along to by thousands at gigs and football stadiums around the country. Quarters is another double-take moment. If you ever wondered what disco-Embrace would sound like and whether falsetto would be good, here is your answer. 'At Once''s guitar work reminiscent of early U2 complements another stunning lyrical achievement and emotional vocal performance before the 'Self Attack Mechanism' and 'The Devil Looks After His Own' come next in a double frenzy of in your face rock. Album closer 'A Thief On My Island' is perhaps the most apt final track on an album in recent years, confirming this collection of songs has not been slung together but crafted together with the utmost care.
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By Gingeki on 28 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
It's been a very well documented 8 years from their last release until this one, did they make the wait worthwhile?

Stupid question really - the new self titled album is a triumph of the highest order with the vast majority of the album simply stunning.

The first 5 tracks are worth 4 stars on their own. Opener Protection is a broody classic already, and used by the band to open their warm up tour dates a couple of months ago. In The End has more than a nod and a wink at New Order but with classic euphoric sing along choruses - the Embrace trademark. The singles that most folk know, Refugees and Follow You Home (both great, both a wee bit different to what you expect from Embrace in very different ways), are separated by I Run which for me is the stand out track on the album. A heart breaking ballad that grows and grows, pulling at the heart strings while implanting an ear worm to ensure it haunts you and delights you in equal measures. It is up there already with the best songs Embrace have ever produced and is actually worth the money for the album on it's own.

For me Quarters is the only misstep on the album but only because of the vocal style of the chorus which is far too Bee Gees for my taste but the rest of the song is solid enough. At Once gets us back into true Embrace territory with a strong ballad with sing out loud chorus - the Embrace trademark and something they do better than anyone else. Self Attack Mechanism sees a harder faster edge while The Devil Looks After His Own is another strong typical Embrace song that would stand out on other albums but only suffers slightly here due to the esteemed company it is keeping.

A Thief On My Island is a stunning finale which in turn makes it a fitting one too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Anstey on 28 April 2014
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After 8 years away Embrace needed to produce something special to get people to pay attention again. They do not disappoint. If you're already an Embrace fan you will love this record as there are enough nods to their familiar sound to satisfy ('In the end' with it's triumphant chorus and 'I run' and 'At once' are beautifully poignant Embrace ballads). If you aren't a fan of Embrace then you will like this record. Their updated sound throws off the shackles of their well known 90s/00's hits and they come back darker, rockier and more electronic (Protection, Refugees, Quarters, Self attack mechanism). Thief on my island is an epic way to conclude what is a triumphant return and i can't wait to hear it live in May. There is not a bad track here.
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Format: Audio CD
Embrace have done another comeback!
The last one was in 2004 after 4 years away with the stomping Out of Nothing and the gift from Coldplay which boosted publicity. This time they took 8 years away and didn't need any help from anyone! They wanted to return only if they could better their number 1 debut album. For me, they have not only bettered that album but all albums of the last 2-3 years aswell. AM (arctic monkeys) and El Camino (black keys) are great albums but both have a couple of weaker tracks. This doesn't! I Run and At Once are familiar embrace territory but done with heart breaking excellence with truly emotive vocals that cannot be taught. Quarters and Self Attack Mechanism are my favourites as they show a band who are not afraid to do what they want rather than what a record company expect, they are surprising, direct and driven anthems shorn of any flabbiness embrace have occasionally been guilty of in the past. This is a brilliant album that people need in their lives!
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