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on 24 February 2002
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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on 20 August 2004
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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on 4 February 2002
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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on 23 March 2002
This is a great album with great songs on it. 'All you good good people' is one of the great Embrace songs and a great kicking off point for the new album. Fireworks has got some great singles on it like 'Three is a magic number' and single versions of other songs like 'I wouldn't wanna happen to you' which i personally think is brilliant. If you want to listen to the best of Embrace and don't want to have to keep swapping all the albums in your CD player then this is a great album to buy, in my view anyway. The only problem that i have picked up by looking at the albums play list is that if you have the other three albums then you will have a few of the songs already.
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VINE VOICEon 14 February 2008
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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on 14 June 2013
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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on 28 May 2015
Took me back to the good old days with some quality music. Kids are now firm fans too. Top band.
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on 30 June 2004
Embrace have some fantastic stuff on there three albums. It just never got released nor did they make it onto the greatest hits which is a shame for those wanting to give them a chance by getting this alvbum. Embrace have so much potential and i think would do better to get a new lead singer! Mr mcnamaras voice can become a bit tedious at times but the songs are still fantastic. Best song is definetly fireworks! gives me goosebumps still after numerous listens!
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on 31 July 2014
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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 11 April 2002
Sorry?- I thought that bands like Eternal were scraping the barrel with a best of after three-albums. A new low was set by All Saints best-of & now this from Embrace (and other also-rans The Bluetones). What next?- the best of Kula Shaker & Supergrass?
Embrace,to be fair, sufferred due to the demise of the EP. The four-track single was phased out- which affected them & Mansun- whose fans would buy the singles (for the bonus tracks) & the albums... The first few ep's (& Fierce Panda single 'All You Good Good People') had an appeal about them. Songs like 'Fireworks' & 'Now You're Nobody' pointed more towards a potential progression to the sound of Blue Nile or Talk Talk. While 'One Big Family' was a loveable singalong blend of indie & funk. Then the lacklustre debut appeared- lots of the ep tracks re-recorded; as with the Elastica, Oasis & Suede debuts it packed full of songs the fans previously had on singles. Plus songs like 'The Good Will Out' while bombastic in ambition were thin in content & thinner in vocal...The follow-up album was an improvement, but by then people had stopped caring: 'Hooligan' was just another sub-Beck styled song that could have been Gomez or post-'Mutations'-Beck himself. While 'Save me' had horrid 80's keyboards & could have stemmed from Simple Minds Wallpaper Years period. The ballads were all dull, the music pasty indie-white boy & the future did not look good. The third album arrived with an intention to give us Embrace's 'Sister Lovers' or 'Happy Sad'; it was just sparse indie rock- a poor man's Sunhouse. And now, after a brief period 1997-2001 really, we have the best of. The accelerated culture we live in- that has transported Oasis to tribute band to themselves in a 1/4 of the time it took the Rolling Stones, is to blame. Given the space to develop & build both a sound & audience over EP's & LP's Embrace could have been something. Could have been contenders...Now they are nostalgia for a time that really wasn't that long ago- as dissappointing as the New Labour government that this could be seen as a soundtrack to.
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