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Fireworks: The Singles 1997-2002

Embrace (UK) Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000060KBE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. All You Good Good People 6:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You're Not Alone 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Come Back to What You Know 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Make It Last (Single Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 3 Is A Magic Number 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One Big Family 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. My Weakness Is None Of Your Business 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Wouldn't Wanna Happen To You (Single Version) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Save Me (Single Version) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hooligan (Album Version) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Good Will Out 6:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wonder 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fireworks 3:550.99  Buy MP3 

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Embrace's early comparisons to Oasis now seem hopelessly optimistic and Fireworks, their collection of singles to date, seems to be an attempt to draw a line under this period and start afresh. Judging by the newer songs here, such as the gorgeously delicate "Wonder", they've already started this process, shifting focus away from the band--who have always been oddly bland and forgettable--and onto the songs. Like James, Embrace are a group that have released some cracking songs that you always attributed to someone else. From the Britpop inflected "All You Good Good People" to the playful kazoo and Beta Band shuffle of "Hooligan", the McNamara Brothers certainly know how to write an incandescent melody and, aside from the woeful misadventure of their "Three Is A Magic Number" cover, it's hard to find fault with what's here. Whether a singles collection is really an admission to the turgid dross of their album fillers remains unclear, and these aren't songs that are going to change the world, but they provide a pleasing backdrop to the world ticking on. --Ben Johncock

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CD Hut Recordings, CDHUT74, 2003 13 Track

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs,bad concept. 24 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rewind about four years ago,to a time where six of the songs featured here come from and life was a lot different for Danny Mcnamara and Embrace.They emerged from Huddesfield, all guns blazing and told anyone who would listen that they were the best band in the world. And listening to the songs, "..Good Good People", "Fireworks" and the best song to end a gig with ever "The Good Will Out" they might just have had a point. Half A Million record sales, top ten singles and regular visits to Top of The Pops later and life looked good.Next stop... The World. But then, if not artistically, it certainly went comercially pear shaped for the band. The follow up, Drawn from Memory appeared in March 2000, preceded by the single "Hooligan" in late 1999.A confident and brave first single, with its infamous Kazoo solo it marked the start of the bands slump in record sales.Its Not that the songs from the second album aren't any cop,(if anything they surpass much of their debut)its just for some reason the public weren't taking the bait anymore.It was a trend that was to continue with their third album "If You've never been". "Wonder" did manage number 14 in july 2001,but only one more single was pulled off the album.Lack of interest from the record company? it certainly looks like it with the release of this "Greatest Hits" collection. Its a shame because Embrace are a band who deserve a lot more respect. So then if you are one of them casual fans buy this record and see what you've missed. But as a concept it stinks, there's nothing on offer for the fans who have been with the band since 1997, except a new version of 3 is a magic number, which in all fairness is absolutely dire, an old b-side pointlessly re-recorded.As a band they shine, but somehow they're still managing to get lost in the dark as far as the general public are concerned.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Embrace a quality cd!! 20 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
These guys have to be one of the most underrated bands out there.Even though they hail from Brighouse,West Yorkshire,where i am currently,there are some mighty fine tunes to be heard on this album.My particular fave has to be "come back to what you know".A real anthem and one of several to be gleaned from this release.May have been overshadowed by acts such as Oasis and The verve but i strongly recommend this if you are a fan of the aforementioned bands.You will not be disappointed!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Fireworks is a fantastic collection of songs from the most underrated band of the last five years. Look out for the slow burning classic 'wonder' from their last studio album, and the live favourite '3 is a magic number'. 'All you good good people' is a timeless anthem to suitably kick off the collection.
The album is a chance for fans to reminice on some great tracks and for new listeners to sample the magic that embrace posess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality!!! 14 Jun 2013
By Judi
Format:Audio CD
my children and I absolutely love this! its perfect 4 chillin out 2 and singin along 2 in the car.!! bring on the summer!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Embrace are worth more than this... 14 Feb 2008
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Fireworks does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a singles collection up to and including Embrace's third album, If You've Never Been.

Embrace are a great band, who have consistently written really good songs, pleasing on the ear, and which you will no doubt have heard regularly over the last ten years. I would say that for a casual fan, or someone who likes their BritPop big and brash, and with an emphasis on optimism, this is a great CD to buy. If you're a regular Embrace fan, there's very little here for you - and I wouldn't buy it just for 3 is a Magic Number.

Embrace have never really made it - following their first album, their singles have only irregularly hit the top 10, and although they do have a legion of fans who love them utterly, they have never really broken the public consciousness. I'm one of the fans, though, and as such would recommend this album thoroughly to anyone who doesn't know them. You'll get thoughtful and clever lyrics, sung in a heartfelt way. At times the music is too big to be contained on a CD, and at times it is bare and exposed. The songs stand up to both ends of the presentation spectrum, and have guided many people through their bad times.

And you could argue that really, Embrace are worth more than this - their album tracks are usually consistently good, and for the fans, a real 'best of' would probably have been much more enjoyable. The songs are great, but this compilation in itself offers little.
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