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4.0 out of 5 stars "West yorkshire band makes good album shocker", 12 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Drawn from Memory (Audio CD)
Well, what can I say about this album.....erm......well I could say a lot actually, in fact I could say too much cos it's that damned good. The album starts off with the weird starting "The love it takes".....the first few times I listened to the album I skipped this track thinking it was a weird tuneathon, but surprisingly there's a bloody good song hiding behind it. The most surprising thing about lead vocalist Danny Mcnamara's voice is that he just sounds like he's giving it large in a karaoke bar, but it works so well with the songs he's singing. Next up is the excellent "You're not alone" which in my mind has one of the most memorable opening lines from any embrace track I've heard. "No, you're not alone.......cos everybodys out there on their own", simply brilliant, it sends tingles down my spine everytime I hear it, it's just one of those tracks you can relate to so much when you're having one of "those" days. Next up is the rather poppy "Save me" which in my eyes was a thrown in track, because it doesn't really gel with the rest of the album, although the lyrics are catchy it doesn't really make it a stand out track for me. Next we have my personal favourite "Drawn from memory", this song is so beautiful, from the opening woodwind/piano intro..which then fades into a melodic piano ruling masterpiece of sweet melody and thought provoking lyrics. next is "Bunker song" which again isn't really a stand out tune for me, but then again it has no lyrics...and when it comes to embrace tracks, lyrics and their music really do belong together. "New adam new eve" is the next track to satisfy the senses, and by god it does it well. Starting with a riff that wouldn't sound out of place in a cleopatra movie, this egyptian sounding tune really has lyrics that stick in you're head so much, it's almost as if the rest of the album doesn't exist at times, accompanied by a catchy tune throughout, this track is my second fave on the album. "Hooligan" tries to keep you in the toe tapping mood, but for me it doesn't really pull it off that well....."Don't be a fool again, their just a bunch of hooligans". some might love it, but for me it got quite repetetive. Next track is "Yeah you"...opening up with a gritty punk esque guitar/drums combo, this tune grows on you quickly, and is one of the most refreshing tracks on the album. "Stranger, you ever stole a win off the jaws of defeat? when it's there for the taking....you'll find me...i'll be dancing all over it's teeth", clever lyrics accompanied by a wailing guitar make this another winner for me. "Liars tears" is a track that pulls some emotional strings along with "drawn from memory". nd because of that I love it, it's not really a long track, but I think embrace would have been pushing it a bit if they had turned it into a full scale ballad."I wouldn't wanna happen to you" is a track which plods along nicely.With a title that makes you expect another slow soft melody, it's quite an upbeat track with some nice melodies and meaningful lyrics. Last but not least is "I had a time", which moves along quite slowly, but at the same time, not too slow that you want to skip back to the beginning of the album. With some nice moody guitar/drum's echoing along with danny's heart being opened from the inside out, it makes for an excellent finishing track to what is undoubtedly a heart string jerking album. BUY IT! Ps: if you're not sure about Embrace's ability, buy "The good will out", their debut album, believe me, you WILL like it, I have over a hundered albums of this kind, and it's definately the best of the bunch, Good melodies and lots more memorable tracks all bunched onto a great album.
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