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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 (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,724 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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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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As a long time Embrace fan I was fortunate enough to recently go to an album playback session with a band Q&A afterwards. The band spoke openly and honestly about how hard they had worked on this new album... and believe me, the end result really is awesome and well worth a listen.

The last eight years have obviously taken there toll on all the band members both physically, mentally and financially. At the playback session it was clear just how tough things had become. Steve Firth the base player can't even afford a decent pair of jeans and had a gaping hole in one of the knees. It transpired that Danny is now living in a shed, in his brother Richards back garden, and he looks in desperate need of a good meal. There were pictures of Richard on Facebook wearing the same clothes two days running. Mike Heaton the drummer has had to work in a pub to make ends meet. The poor keyboarder lives next door to neighbours from hell and can't even afford a decent car.

All these revelations bought a tear to my eye. This great band responsible for some of the greatest songs of the last 18 years are obviously down to their last pennies and have gambled everything on the success of this album.

If you have been moved by these stories of hardship in anyway, please do not hesitate to click on the 'add to basket' button...you can make a donation to the Embrace fund which will go some way to finally giving these guys the rock'n'roll lifestyle they deserve.

As a reward for your donation you will receive a free copy of their latest album....which just so happens to be bloody awesome!
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When I discovered Embrace were returning after an 8 year break I was both excited and scared at the same time. Would the new material be good? Well the answer has arrived and the answer is a massive YES!!! I'm absolutely blown away by this album. It is a rollercoaster of excitement. I now have it on repeat, and it is growing on me even more. Each listen reveals new aspects that I didn't hear before, it has actually given me goosebumps. Tickets for the tour now purchased and I can't wait to hear it live. If you are unsure as to whether to buy this, don't hesitate. It's the best £9 I have spent on music in a long long time. Highly recommended!
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This new album from embrace will shatter your preconceptions as soon as the first beat kicks in on the first track protection. An album of ballads again is what I expected, just one rocking riff is what I hoped, knowing nothing about the album before I bought it, but in all truth, this is not an album to be reviewed - this is an album to celebrate!

Every track is beautiful, anthemic and new in the sense of how the sound comes. It's like an 80s album that just couldn't have been made in the 80s.

I honestly felt I was listening to something special on first play and that is a rare feeling with albums nowadays.

I love every track, another rarity, and there are even killer riffs dotted throughout, so play it soft or play it loud, and you will feel lifted!
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This is an album Embrace couldn't have written 8 years ago. After Out Of Nothing propelled them into the upper charts with its (mostly) optimistic ballads the forced follow-up with its under-written selection (the repetitive The End Is Near a low point) seemed to spit them out of the industry machine, fragmented and disillusioned.

This album gives a voice to the experiences they've clearly endured, equal parts melancholy, uplifting anthems as you'd expect but infused with electronic production drawing on New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, the buzzsaw post-punk of Joy Division (the riff of Self-Attack Mechanism in particular sounding like 'Dead Souls' played at 100mph) and chiming guitars the Edge would be proud of. A new deal seems to have freed them from throwing mid-tempo rock/ballads out in quick succession and allowed them to channel their influences.

The album centrepiece, though, is the epic closing track Thief On My Island, starting as gently as their classic Drawn From Memory but enhanced with haunting echo effects, lamenting a disintegrating, acid-tainted relationship through several lushly instrumented verses before exploding in an assault on the senses clearly as brutal as its subjects death throes. It's up their with their best.
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