Opening with the monumental 'Ashes' it is clear that this album is less of a...
Jack Smith 2004-08-20
Six years ago Embrace released a critically and commercially successful debut album in the shape of The Good Will Out. However, following the commercial failures of the overly fiddly Drawn From Memory and their final studio album for old label Hut If You've Never Been, the band have returned with what may be called a return to form.
Now signed to Independiente, the home of Travis and Paul Weller, the band were given time and funds to produce the best album possible and they've come up with some of most well-judged material of their career.
While the first single from the album "Gravity" may have been penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin this isn't to say the McNamara brothers have lost any of their old anthemic charm. Opening with the monumental "Ashes" it is clear that this album is less of a progression and more of a consolidation of skills.
Elsewhere, "A Glorious Day", "Wish 'Em All Away" and "Near Life" are all Embrace by numbers - but in a good way. The desolate "Looking As You Are" is more downbeat showing the other side to the group with an unusually critical vocal from Danny.
Likely to hit the Top 3 this week and with a fist full of promising singles, Out Of Nothing could take the Huddersfield five-piece higher than they could ever have contemplated.
Review courtesy of 6 Music