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Albums and singles

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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Embrace

Embrace (Album)

4/5

Embrace albums are like World Cups, they don’t come along that often so make the most of them. It has actually been two football World Cups since we last heard anything from the Yorkshire outfit, when, after their most commercially successful year ever they were cajoled into penning the 2006 England team anthem and promptly wished they hadn’t.

After that, they did ‘other things’ before reconvening for a new album that has been, to say the least, painstakingly put together.

So is it worth the long wait? Just about.

The self-titled new album (just to emphasise to forgetful fans who they are) has the anthemic choruses and great melodies that helped This New Day sell so well back in 2006 but time doesn’t stand still and there are new influences, a bit of electronica, a U2 edge to the guitar sound, an epic closing track that borders on the experimental.

It doesn’t all work but there are enough grand moments to make you thankful that Embrace are back.

Let’s hope it’s not another two World Cups before we hear from them again.

(Nigel Powlson)

The Retrospectives

Bittersweet (Single)

3/5

A SURE sign of a good song is when it sticks in your head afterwards.

This is one of those songs. It’s got a catchy introduction which leads in to a fast paced indie pop track that is over before you even realise.

The three-piece hail from Sheffield and claim they are determined to bring back real pop music. If you are on the look-out for something new to listen to then I would not rule out The Retrospectives. They are currently playing gigs at venues in the Midlands. For more information visit their page on Facebook.

(Sarah Bould)

Paloma Faith

The Perfect Contradiction (Album)

5/5

I REMEMBER buying Paloma Faith’s first album and not being particularly impressed.

However Faith is one of those artists that went away for a while, worked on her sound and came back with a belter of an album in 2014. When I first heard ‘I Just Can’t Rely on You’, the first single from the album,

I thought “Ooh, that’s a good song”, when I heard the second single ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’,

I instantly rushed to my laptop to download the album. I wasn’t disappointed, this is the quirky pop star’s best work to date.

(Sarah Bould)

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