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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005NDVF
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Embrace - If You've Never Been - Cd

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If you've never been where? At first glance, the dreadfully styleless, say-nothing title of Embrace's third LP If You've Never Been appears to spell a certain stagnation in the McNamara brother's grand design. Actually, that's far from the case: an inversion of the chest-beating arrogance of debut album The Good Will Out and a simplification on the sometimes forced eclectica of its follow-up Drawn From Memory, If You've Never Been finds Embrace doing what they do best--lip-quivering ballads that gesture toward truly great things, and just occasionally, reach the dizzy heights at which they aim. The opening "Over" might span seven minutes, but it's over in the blink of an eye--the tale of a disintegrating love affair from which a new life blossoms anew, bourn up on Mick Dale's lush keyboard swathes. From there on in, it's familiar, but heartening stuff: "Wonder" is reminiscent of a restrained take on Oasis' "The Masterplan", while "Satellites" begins swaddled in Sigur Ros style ambience, and spreads its wings into a characteristically almighty torch song. There's the odd irritation: those unnecessary guitar effects on the otherwise pretty "Hey, What Are You Trying To Say". But niggles aside, If You've Never Been is another good, if not quite awesome album from the McNamara brothers. Which just goes to show, what's in a name? --Louis Pattison

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'It's all a lie that everyone has their day,' sings Danny McNamara on 'Wonder', the first single from this fabulous album. Well, perhaps - but it's time Embrace had theirs. 'IYNB' is a far more even album than the previous two. It's mellow, laid-back and smiling: a perfect CD to listen to late at night, driving home beneath a clear, starry sky.
Embrace are well-known for their epics, and they open and close the album with two of their best yet: 'Over' has a beautiful melody and floats along like a butterfly that's had too much nectar; 'Satellites' features Danny's best vocals yet, and the last minute of the song is indescribably lovely.
In between are eight wonderful pop songs. 'Make it Last' and 'It's Gonna Take Time' both sound like future hits; 'I Hope You're Happy Now' sounds a bit like The Littlest Hobo - but in a good way! There are no rock songs like 'One Big Family' or 'New Adam New Eve' which will disappoint some. But as a mood album, IYNB is consistently brilliant. If you like Travis and Coldplay you'll love this.
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Embrace have produced some glorious songs, so it is a shame that they are remembered by people unfamiliar with their work for the anthemic Come Back To What You Know, rather than the enduringly beautiful Fireworks.
With their last two albums, they got so close, but put too much in. With Good Will Out, their ballads and poignant piano-led numbers were overshadowed (or rather bullied) by the more Oasis-like screaming tracks.
With Drawn From Memory, they tried something more eclectic and, whilst it had its moments, as a whole it didn't stand up as well. Despite standout tracks You're Not Alone and the kazoo inspired Hooligan, it all seemed clever but a bit contrived.
Now, with In You've Never Been, despite the uninspiring title (surely an eponymous Embrace album would've been better), they have released an album of ten songs that doesn't have a duff track on it and, if played from start to end, all hangs together very well.
The first track Over is a great opener and sets the standard for the rest of the album. For once, the orchestration on an Embrace track is well balanced with the other elements. I Hope You're Happy Now has a brief but catchy chorus and leads into the first single on the album, Wonder. Not sure what this song is all about, but it works well. Many Will Learn, probably the weakest track on the album, sounds like a Simon and Garfunkel b-side. It's Gonna Take Time ups the tempo at just the right moment, but for once keeps the vocals clear. The best track, Hey, What You Trying To Say, is one you'll keep skipping forward to. Great hook and a brilliantly understated vocal - "Stars remind you you see the best in the dark...
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Sometimes it's not the sheen of perfection which we find truly rewarding. Often, rather the faults and flaws which contribute to something's overall beauty hold the key to our enticement; the insecurities, the idiosyncrasies, the little habits and follies which make us what we are, that give us the capacity to yield and receive love. With this in mind it's fitting that Embrace, a band who've often been misrepresented as an exercise in Oasis-lite bluster yet promise so much more, have made a record befitting this description - a collection of moods and feelings, beautifully human yet humanly flawed - rather than a breast-beating attempt at stodgy perfection. They've made an album, not a statement. That the LP opens with "Over", the grandest statement of intent you're ever likely to hear, is curiously fitting in many ways. It's not so much a nod to the rest of the record as closing the book on the opulent anthems of their past, picking up with the ethereal the final word in towering sadness, as the song unfurls from its acoustic cocoon into a multi-part symphony of heartbreak, enriched with a swell of harp strings and strangulated guitar by way of a sumptuous middle-eight carried aloft a weave of vocal harmonies and blissful organ. As a collection of songs "If You've Never Been" is immeasurably more fluid and refined than previous work. Extrapolated from the mellow acoustic timbre of their last LP as opposed to its more raucous moments, Embrace's third outing is the sound of a band who's only pressure manifests in their desire to make music to warm the soul, their only vice that next twist of melody.Read more ›
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Embrace return with their third album, written and recorded in (for them) double-quick time. Following hot on the heels of the creative (though sadly not commercial) successes of the eclectic and accomplished 'Drawn From Memory', 'If You've Never Been' is the band's most introspective and moving album thus far, as well as their most unified and consistent.
Sound-wise, this album is much more organic and free-flowing than previous efforts, the songs are structurally more mature and subtle than on debut album 'The Good Will Out', and stylistically less schizophrenic than on 'Drawn From Memory'. That's not to say that the album isn't varied though - Embrace are far too eclectic in their muse and inspiration to ever be as predictable as Travis or Stereophonics. They are not, as is often thought, masters of stodgy, 'anthemic northern guitar rock', despite what early songs like 'Come Back To What You Know' and 'All You Good Good People' might suggest. One listen to their second album, or a trawl through their high quality b-sides and EP tracks will reveal this.
'If You've Never Been' begins with the towering, staggering pinnacle of 'Over'. Drenched in tumultuous guitar lines and embellished with xylophone, strings, and harp, it moves through itself unlike anything the band have achieved before, building from tiny atmospheric foundations to a heady, bewildering psychedelic climax, before slowly winding back in on itself again, some seven minutes later. Embrace have begun both their previous albums with rousing, neo-psychedelic epics, and 'Over' does not let up on that tradition one bit. Danny McNamara claimed on the band's website recently that finally conquering 'Over' was one of the highlights of his career so far. Listening to it here, one can see why. It is truly awesome.
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