Tonight was Embrace’s second show in Glasgow in a three month period, the last being at a King Tuts as part of the Daily Record’s 7 Nights Sessions which reading many of the reviews was marred by Danny McNamara’s less than perfect vocals and a less than enthusiastic response to the new material….. Now three months later the new album Embrace has been released and fans have had a few weeks to digest the new stuff Embrace have another go to showcase the new and lets face it very different material.

A packed house of boisterous Glasgow punters welcome Embrace onto the Academy stage with chants of ‘Danny Danny’ as lead singer Danny McNamara appears out of the smoke….The band open with track one off the new album ….’Protection’ a moody electronic based composition with a massive anthemic crescendo which receives a massive reception to which Danny retorts that Scottish audiences are the loudest in the world….which of course is what they like to hear and immediately they are won over. Little brother Rich takes over vocal duties for another new song ‘In The End’ an upbeat number that again is well received. Refugee was the first single taken from ‘Embrace’ and introduced the fans to the new Embrace sound a few months ago and is third on the set list… Three new songs to start a gig some may say is a sure fire way of losing your audience but not tonight as Embrace seem to have pulled this off…

More crowd interaction as Danny tells the audience when they were planning the tour there was only one place to play on a Friday night… Glasgow!! Scottish crowds love this stuff and once again he has them eating out of his hands…..Back to classic Embrace now as the band play ‘My Weakness Is None Of Your Business’.. no sign as yet of any vocal weakness but during the song the crowd’s singing was louder than McNamara’s vocals. The current single ‘Follow You Home’ that I have to admit on hearing it on the radio thought it was Bastille or some boy band!!!! Is followed by the part of the show the vast majority were waiting on “Come Back To What You Know’ ‘Ashes’ ‘All You Good Good People’..as expected removed the roof from the venue!!

Embrace said they would not make another album until they had come up with one as good as their debut ‘The Good Will Out’ so by that very statement and by its very existence they must judge “Embrace’ to be that album and yes bands should be allowed to evolve but evolve into something completely different?….it remains to be seen if this is to be their second big comeback. That said everybody seemed to be up for this gig and that includes the band who genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves, the new material was well received but the old stuff was brilliant which to be fair can only be expected…

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