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Out Of Nothing by Embrace

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Out of Nothing, the band's fourth album, is the best they have ever made. The McNamara brothers have buckled down to some serious songwriting (aided by Coldplay's Chris Martin on first single "Gravity") to produce a selection of songs that can all lay claim to the title "Classic".

Opening with the monumental "Ashes" it is clear from the off that this is not some huge stylistic leap. Instead Embrace have consolidated all they are good at (epic, heart-warming anthems) and finally made the album they have always promised. "Gravity" is exactly what you'd expect, a Coldplay tune as played by Embrace, but where as Chris Martin and the boys are often stark and fidgety Embrace cover the track in a lushness that makes you swoon. "Someday" has them coming across like the younger brothers of Spiritualised complete with a finale featuring a full-on gospel choir, "Wish 'Em All Away" is harmonica-soaked loveliness with a chorus that touches the heavens, and "Spell It Out" is a string-laden monster that has 'festival closer' written all over it.

The album ends as magnificently as it begins with a triplet of songs that takes the breath away. The gentle "A Glorious Day", atmospheric "Near Life" and magnificent title track prove just how far Embrace have come since the days of out-of-tune criticisms and gags about being Oasis' little brothers. Out of Nothing is a truly exceptional album that suggests that, far from being over, the journey for Embrace has only just begun. --Amazon.co.uk


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007XT8D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Blight on April 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's a natural tendency to take something unfamiliar and compare it to something familiar. That's what's happening here as Amazon reviewers are comparing Embrace to Coldplay. Perhaps it's unfair to Embrace to liken them to Coldplay because as a band, I'd think Embrace wants to stand on their own merits. However, if you're being so closely measured against the hottest rock and roll band in the world today, is that really a bad thing?

The truth is that on Out of Nothing, Embrace does sound like Coldplay. That doesn't change the fact that this album is an outstanding work. Embrace wrote these accessible, infectious songs themselves, and they perform them with first-rate musicianship and compelling vocal performance.

These guys haven't hit the radio in the States, but when payola runs radio, you're better off looking elsewhere on your own for new artists. The truth is that Embrace is better than most anybody who's new on today's radio. I discovered Out of Nothing on the internet several months ago, purchased the album, and it has been a constant spin in my CD player ever since. Every track on this disk is memorable. Songs move gracefully from the contemplative to the soaring to the driving and powerful. At all times the album is captivating. In my opinion, on Out of Nothing, Embrace measures up to Coldplay in every respect. If you're a fan of grandstand arena rock in the vein of Coldplay and U2, then trust me, you will enjoy this album. It's great!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe on September 26, 2004
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No missing ingredients here--Lyrics, melody, theme, musicianship, style, and substance all in abundance. They've held onto each of these elements through 7 years and 4 albums now. Better than Radiohead, (their alt prog rock style slowly grew stale) and Coldplay (radio overkill on the second album, which was a bit light on substance). Coldplay gave "Gravity" to Embrace as the new single, and it's a better song than anything Coldplay recorded except "Yellow." Sort of like Bowie giving "All the Young Dudes" to Mott the Hoople--dude, what were you thinking? At home and in the car, Embrace is played 10:1 over Radiohead, Pulp, & Blur, 7:1 over their buddy Chris Martin's band, and 6:1 over the last 3 Oasis & Suede albums. Competes 1:1 with the first 2 Oasis albums when they came out in 1994/1995 & the Stone Roses debut in 1989. High praise, indeed. Embrace have a pragmatic worldview: great song after great song run the gamut between the perfect and failed romance, but they trend positive throughout. And the melodies just keep soaking you in perpetual warmth. I don't do fan clubs, but the devoted fans in the U.K. who kept the faith going when the band's label went under deserve a lot of credit. This is a band that should never die.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Clark on June 23, 2005
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If you like Coldplay, then let me introduce you to the band whom you could argue, Coldplay owe everything to. Embrace have truly been a very fine and very unrated band here in the US for several years. If you buy X&Y and this CD, I know which one you'll end up playing for longer. I ended up buying this on import the moment it came out last year and I'm still playing it. Great to see it get a release here. I want to hear "Gravity" on daytime radio.

Great "comeback" album. buy it and help the, reach all the ears that will appreciate such fine songwriting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TiedToTheMast on October 20, 2005
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I've been a fan of British rock since the early '90s Britpop movement began, fizzled, and re-emerged with huge bands like The Verve, Radiohead and Coldplay. Embrace have managed to borrow elements from the best of these to create an album that I can honestly say is totally and repeatedly listenable all the way through.

If anything, the songs are -too- catchy; each tune has a distinctive riff or addictive hook that would make it a radio-worthy single on just about any other similar band's record. Yet Out of Nothing is an album full of singles, and choosing the best of them is more or less an excercise in futility.

Embrace know their strengths. They write great moody pop songs with smart, meaningful lyrics, layers of guitars, and soaring sing-a-long choruses. But there's something more there; the majestic power psychedelica of The Verve in "Near Life" and "Out Of Nothing", the Coldplay-written moodiness of "Gravity", a hint of bluesy alt-folk in the Travislike "Wish 'em All Away", and over everything, the specter of Radiohead's big guitar riffs and unsettling beeps and trills.

Embrace are big in the UK, and it bothers me that they haven't seemed to break in across the pond in the US. If they continue to make records like Out of Nothing, they will have a chance.

Go buy it. 4.5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2006
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From the opening anthemic Ashes until the climactic epic Out of Nothing, this is a fantastic ride by an underrated and underappreciated band.

Personal favorites include Glorious Day, Spell it Out and especially Someday.

I have been into this band since 1998 and unfortunately it does not appear that they will ever break in the states. Unfortunate that we have to listen to monontonic drones like John Mayer here.

They have had good albums before but the songs were more up and then down. They brought in crackpot producer Youth (the same man brought us The Verve-Urban Hymns and the excellent Howie Day debut release) and really amped up. The result is a very full and layered sound complete with string arrangements in many songs.

Had a chance to meet them and have drinks with the band while in Denver and you will never meet a more humble group of guys.

If you like Coldplay, The Verve, and early Oasis buy with no worries - it will not disappoint.
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