Out of Nothing is an album of beautiful balance. Years in the making, with a new producer who seems to have breathed new life into the band, with a hit single from Coldplay's songwriter, and with at least one heavy break-up weighing heavily on Danny McNamara's mind, Out of Nothing is an album to listen to over and over again.
In Ashes - the amazing, banging 'I don't need you' crowd favourite - and Gravity - the beautiful Chris Martin penned love song - it has two singles as good as anything Embrace have ever released. In some ways, they are both toned down Embrace - there's very little in terms of strings, for instance - but the lyrical poise, and the endearing openness make for something very unique these days: not one, but two massively infectious singles.
Throughout the beautiful Looking As You Are (perhaps the highlight of the album) and middle-of-the-album stalwarts Keeping and Spell It Out, I got a real they've-been-where-I've-been feeling, which made this album amongst my favourite ever. And that, perhaps, is where Embrace really lie. The lyrics - both in terms of the emotional torment and the ever-lasting optimism - mean an awful lot to an awful lot of people. These people will forever be Embrace fans, and it's probable that many more will be added as time goes by.