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Album Review: Embrace ‘Love Is A Basic Need’

13/03/2018

‘…just when you think all is lost, the title track from ‘Love Is A Basic Need,’ sweeps you away. It has an uplifting chorus that will see indie festival crowds singing along in unison all summer…’

Embrace are the kind of never-say-die band that are better when they play to their strengths. Whilst tracks like the overblown opener ‘The Finish Line’ miss the notes quite literally, they triumph when they rein it in a little, like on the mournfully melancholic ‘Horseshoe In My Glove.’  

Although Danny MacNamara’s voice can be quite emotive at times, his limited range can often divide opinion and the two best tracks here are credited to other vocalists. Scottish singer Kerri Watt helps out on the beautiful duet ‘Never’ and Danny’s brother Richard takes lead on the Verve-esque ‘Where You Sleeping.’ This sounds eerily like ‘Paint It Black’ and is possibly the most experimental and interesting song of Embrace’s twenty year career.

‘Wake Up Call’ is just that; it will wake you up but you’ll want to hit the snooze button right away.  Yet just when you think all is lost, the title track sweeps you away…

It has an uplifting chorus that will see indie festival crowds singing along in unison all summer.  Love may be a basic need but occasionally less is more. That said; overall it’s a decent set and it’s always good to have them back.

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PAUL BROADHEAD

Catch Embrace perform tracks from Love is a Basic need and their other albums this March. They will be performing at Riverside, Newcastle on the 29th…

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