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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Embrace / Audio CD released 1998-06-08 at Hut

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      26.04.2010 23:45
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      A blander version of Oasis (Yep it is possible!)

      The Good Will Out was created by Embrace a band based around the McNamara brothers. At the time this was released in 1998, Oasis were the biggest band in the country and Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller and Ian Brown were revered for their gritty pop-rock music.

      Embrace made this album and touted themselves as the next big thing, unfortunately the hype never really took off, which in many ways is a shame as this is a decent album.

      The song is full of impressive songs with guitars strings and soaring vocals, there are some brilliant songs on this album such as the splendid 'All you good good people' which really is anthemic and was enjoyed at many festivals during the nineties, Come Back to What you Know is the best song on the album for me, I love Danny McNamara's voice on the song as it raises and lowers in an impassioned manner, I love the string filled music too which is really good and deserved more praise than it got.

      Other standout tracks include 'My Weakness is none of your business and 'The Good will out'.

      Overall the album is good but not great and the band never really got to the same heights again. I do understand the point of a lot of people who disliked the lead singers attitude especially in view of the fact his voice is fairly bland and uninspiring, however with these songs it is used to its optimum capacity. There are about four tracks of filler 3-4 really good songs and a few decent ones.

      It can be bought on ebay for 30p, or Amazon Marketplace for 1p (Plus Postage obviously), so if you fancy this or remember them from the Oasis boom, give this a try.

      Tracks on this album include:

      1. Intro

      2. All You Good Good People

      3. My Weakness Is None Of Your Business


      4. Come Back To What You Know

      5. One Big Family

      6. Higher Sights

      7. Retread

      8. I Want The World

      9. You've Got To Say Yes

      10. Fireworks

      11. The Last Gas

      12. That's All Changed Forever

      13. Now You're Nobody

      14. The Good Will Out

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        11.08.2009 18:53
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        Worth a listen, but a mixed bag.

        My opinion of this album has chopped and changed a lot over the years. When it first came out in 1998 I was smitten. Embrace talked the talk and that arrogance seemed merited when I first listened to "The Good Will Out". Maybe it's me being older, maybe the album hasn't aged very well, but there's something missing from this album and I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

        Oh, don't get me wrong; this is a good album, but it is dragged down at times by some songs which are mediocre at best. A symptom perhaps of the length of the album, tracklisting as follows:

        Intro
        All You Good Good People
        My Weakness is None of Your Business
        Come Back to What You Know
        One Big Family
        Higher Sights
        Retread
        I Want the World
        You've Got to Say Yes
        Fireworks
        The Last Gas
        That's All Changed Forever
        Now You're Nobody
        The Good Will Out

        In the majority of cases, these songs are sweeping ballads. Lovelorn, full of regrets and yearning, Embrace do angst very well. They also have the same characteristic that has defined Oasis over the years - good stadium anthems where you and your friends can put your arms around each other, belt out the lyrics at the top of your voice and all will seem well with the world. Where Embrace fall down though, is that their attempts at faster paced, rock and roll hardly set the blood pumping.

        "Intro" is effectively a tuning up of the orchestra before it segues into "All You Good Good People", which is a lovely song. Big, bold, a celebration of people coming together to hear a message of defiance. It gets the album off to a cracking start, before plunging into "My Weakness is None of Your Business" which is a good indicator of where the band are going to take you on this record. It is slow, mournful, yet possesses a wonderful set of lyrics, which hint at wanting to say more, yet are too insecure to share it.

        "One Big Family" is the first attempt at a rockier song, and it just about pulls it off, saved by a majestic chant in the chorus 'We got family!". You can imagine Liam Gallagher singing it (which is meant to be a compliment). "Higher Sights" is a perfect example of them not getting the mix right. Not a rock song, barely a slow number, it never really gets going and to me is little more than a filler. It is similar in tone to the following song "Retread", which gets it spot on and is one of my highlights of the album. Starting very briefly with Danny McNamara's vocals alone, this is the best his voice gets on this album. You can hear the pain within the lyrics, the best of which being an appeal to his loved one to come back and forget her current relationship / situation:

        "Now I feel so insecure,
        I can't save I feel so much for,
        Won't you stay?
        You know if you had a wing you'd be the last to know you could fly,
        He strokes your hair to keep you down,
        Will you fight?"

        This climax to the song gives me goosebumps and is a fantastic song all round.

        "I Want the World" is another attempt at rocking out and it fails again. It is average and lumbers along on a wall of guitars. The vocals are taken over here by Danny's brother Richard and they are a good performance. But the song doesn't grab me. These feelings also apply to "You've Got to Say Yes", which is another filler.

        Fortunately, the final five songs are all in their own way either very good or great. "The Last Gas" is a decent rock tune, and "Fireworks" is a great weepy, a real cigarette lighter in the air moment. "That's All Changed Forever" is awesome. The combination of voice and piano in the opening verses before the drums come in could be about anything and it'd still be lovely to hear. A true heartbreaker. The moments of silence, and falsetto, all complement each other wonderfully, and although the song is over four minutes long it feels very short, building as it does on the incessant piano riff and joined with great subtlety by some well written string accompaniments. Grand, yet understated would be a good way to describe this.

        "Now You're Nobody" is another moment of tenderness made manifest in song. Musically, it is one of my high points on the album, a lovely collection of instruments, well pitched, and a great use of bass. The horn section at the conclusion will have chills running down your spine.

        And then we end on the title track, which starts of quietly, and ends in a crescendo of 'la la la', well supported by a strong female backing vocal. It is this albums "Hey Jude" moment.

        So why have I only given it three stars? Because in spite of its moments of genius, this album annoys me desperately. It is three songs too long, and the effect of it means that at times some of the songs seem to sound the same, as though Embrace are deliberately labouring the point. Lyrically there is some high quality, and there is an overarching theme to the lyrics, of love and unity, but it can seem so repetitive as though they have found several ways of saying exactly the same thing, and although the words are moving, I did find myself skipping a lot of tracks. The vocals are another problem. Danny McNamara doesn't have the strongest voice in the world and although it works a lot of the time, on other songs it jars the senses slightly.

        I don't think the album has aged well, but it is still worth a listen because there are some moments of great quality on it.

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          19.04.2007 00:44
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          Amazing debut album with a great mix of songs

          Embrace have been around for some time now. This was their first album and it was released way back in 1998. Hard to believe they have been producing music for nearly a decade. Time flies....

          Was it a good first attempt? Mmmmm, you bet it was!! It is a phenomenal collection of hits that will prove so addictive you will not put it down for weeks never mind days. That was the effect it had on me when I first listened to it on holiday in Ibiza in 98!

          The vocals of lead singer Danny McNamara are breathtaking and he displays a great range on this album. The band can switch quite comfortably from fairly lengthy mellow ballads to jumpy rock-like nuggets of music and ot all makes for a truly great album. I have to say it is one of those great debut albums and it is right up there with the likes of the Stone Roses and Oasis.

          The first song on the album (with the exception of the intro) is titled 'All You Good Good People'. This is a bit of a mixture. It is certainly an anthem and there is a fantastic mix of rock, pop and, er, well brass throughout. The song starts triumphantly after the intro and listeners are treated to Danny's amazing voice for the first time throughout a truly memorable first song. It ends with a nice slow piece of guitar work with a pianist dinking the keys in the background. It is quite awesome.

          The second song is 'My Weakness is None of Your Business'. This is definitely one of the ballads I was speaking about. Bit of a crescendo at the chorus but it is really quite something and you get the feeling at this stage that you have bought something quite magnificent.

          The third song, 'Come Back to What You Know', confirms all thoughts that this album is remarkable for a debut effort. It is an awesone ballad of magical proportions that will blow you away. Again, the chorus is a bit of a crescendo in the way that it is approached but the vocals and the melody are quite something.

          The fourth song sees a change in tact by the four Embrace boys. 'One Big Family' is more of a rock anthem and the melodies of previous songs are put to one side for now. That is not to say that this song doesn't sound good. It is actually a really good song and is well put together.

          Number five is 'Higher Sights'. This is a slow one and is a good example of Danny's ability to change his vocals to suit the more melodic tunes, especially after having listened to him scream and loosen up a little more on 'One Big Family'.

          Next is 'Retread'. This is a really beautiful little song with some really impressive guitar work. It's slow, it's melodic and, well, it's really simple. Simply fantastic that is!

          'I Want the World' sees the boys go for a more rock-like approach again. And the next song, 'You've Got to Say Yes' is along similar lines.

          We are then treated to a quite amazing song called 'Fireworks'. For anyone who has been to see this band live you will probably recall the crowd shouting for this song more than any other. It is a real fans' favourite and no wonder! It is a really simple yet incredibly awesome song and it is made by Danny's vocals, again! The music is really good but the vocals are phenomenal.

          'The Last Gas' is another jumpy effort that moves the band into more rock-esque territory again. Great song though.

          As we near the end of the album things start to slow up again and if you were hoping for a decent end, well, you got more than you bargained for.

          'That's All Changed Forever' is another slower effort that builds up to a quite magnificent endings. It is still one of my favourite endings to a song. Anyone who has listened to it or, indeed, takes time to listen to it will know what I mean.

          'Now You're Nobody' is a nice little song to keep things ticking over before the incredible ending that is 'The Good Will Out'. The title track is a fitting ending to an awesome album. It is a lengthy piece of work and, much like the early tracks, incorporates brass instruments as well as the usual guitars, piano, drums etc. McNamara also delights us with his vocals and the song comes to a beautifully worked, melodic end.

          This is simply one of the best debut albums around and I would recommend it to anyone. Embrace are a fantastic band and this is still their best album.

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            15.07.2006 13:57
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            An solid Indie album with a number of High Tempo tracks

            While this years World Cup seen Embrace release a very mellow football track that failed to capture the imagination it also coincided with their 5th studio album. Over the years the band seem to have transformed from a up-tempo Indie band into a band who specialise in ballad’s and slower numbers. It was on this, 1998’s The Good Will Out, that Embrace really made a name for themselves. At the time they were being touted as Noel Gallagher’s favourite band and a decent debut album would really set them up.

            The 5 piece from Brighouse in West Yorkshire seemed to appear from nowhere and take the charts by storm. The debut was released by the Geffen record label and as a result it seemed to have a much faster pace than the following efforts. The McNamara brothers had teamed up with a few mates and set about recording this in follow up to a debut EP. The album itself went on to sell some 500,000 copies in the UK alone and that in itself speaks for how good it was.

            They enlisted the help of Martin Glover to produce the album. He’d worked previously with the likes of The Verve and Crowded House so not a bad name to get on board for your debut. The album itself draws on a number of influences from a lot of Northern bands. Of course with having the co producer of The Verve’s Urban Hymns on board there is a definite hint of the band about Embrace’s debut album. Coupled with that there are clear influences by the likes of Oasis and The Stone Roses that combine to create a fresh sound on this album.

            This album is a total contrast to the current Embrace material but it is certainly my favourite of the 5 albums to date. The album is dominated by the guitars taking the lead on just about every track and keeping the album at quite a high tempo. The bass compliments the guitars and adds a bit of structure to the album while the drums really provide a decent backing beat to round it all off. As far as debut albums go this is musically one of the best from the time. It has a good mix of raw energy with decent musical ability that makes it even more appealing.

            At the time of its release a lot of press attention was focussed on lead singer Danny McNamara. While musically they were being praised to the hilt a few sections of the press were claiming that McNamara couldn’t actually sing. In truth this couldn’t be further from the truth. His vocals really suit the style of the album and while at times may sound a little stretched they are effective. His writing ability is certainly shown to the full on this album with some incredibly catchy, well written songs.

            While there are a couple of tracks on the album that perhaps don’t stand out quite as much as some of the other material there aren’t any weaker tracks as such. There are a couple where Danny’s vocals do sound strained but it doesn’t make them any lesser than anything else on the album. Of course while there aren’t any tracks that particularly stand out as being bad tracks there are a couple of tracks that sound fantastic.

            For me there are two tracks in particular that really make this album. The first of these is the track that kicks off the album. “All You Good Good People” was one of the first singles and really the track that brought Embrace to my attention. It’s got a nice steady tempo that allows the vocals and guitars to really build up and express themselves. The other is possibly my favourite Embrace track ever. It’s a lot slower than the majority of this album but “Fireworks” is one of the most touching, heart felt songs the band have ever done. They’ve tried to recreate the same sort of emotion on the later albums but nothing beats the feeling in this track.

            Overall it’s a fantastic album and only helps to emphasis the point that when a band makes an album as good as this it’s always hard to make something better. If you like Oasis, The Stone Roses or The Verve then this is certainly an album you would enjoy. On the whole it’s totally different to just about everything else the band have done. In fact if their recent England track had been in the same vein as this album then it may have been greeted with a bit more enthusiasm. For me this is their best album so far and while they carry on heading down the mellow route they won’t make one better.

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              16.09.2001 23:06
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              WOW!!! This is one album you need to buy, if you like Oasis then this album will blow you away. The album opens with the fantastic, anthemic "All You Good Good People", and transports the listener into a joyous mood due to it's huge sing along qualities. Proceeding this is "My Weakness Is None Of Your Business" another brilliant track although this time less uplifting than the first, it manages to get emotions flowing once again and sets the tone for the rest of the album, with the only exceptions to this formula being "You've Got To Say Yes" and "I Want The World" two rock-y epics that bring Blur's "Song 2" to mind. The highlight of the album must surely be the saddening "Fireworks" which (using a similar chord pattern) sounds like "The Drugs Don't Work - The Next Episode". All in all this is a fantastic album that manges to utilise Danny McNamara's melancholy voice tremendously.

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                12.12.2000 18:32

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                Well what can you say about this album. Ill tell you. Its a bloody masterpiece. All 13 songs are just amazing. They touch your very soul. Good will out, the single is brilliant while come back to what you know just wants you to leave your cd player on repeat. There is no way you could ever become bored of this album. You'll probably have to buy another copy due to wearing. Unfortunately it didnt do as well as it could have as the brothers just dont have as much charisma as oasis do, BUT if i could only recommend one album in my lifetime it would be this without a shadow of a doubt.

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                09.12.2000 01:34
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                This is the best album in the world ever....As with Drawn from Memory, the best songs are not the singles.I am yet to find an album on which every song is as good as the last as it is on this album. The album starts with the anthemic good good peole and work its way through the album, each song so expertly positioned, you do not get bored or tired of the songs. All the songs on the album are brilliant, but if I had to pick the best song it would be The good will out at the end of the album, with no notable weak songs. In conclusion, if you like any of the singles then get the album. It is one of the defining albums of the 90's

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                05.12.2000 05:01
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                Yes you heard me. Whenever you mention Embrace you always hear a snigger and a remark of "Oasis wannabes". In my opinion however, they are far far superior to Oasis. Ok so Danny may not be the most stylish singer around but at least what he does sounds like he means it. Those who disagree should listen to "Fireworks" and then try the argument again. This album is absolutely amazing. From the start with "All you good good people" to the finish with the sing-a-longish "Good will out" it draws you in and compells you to listen. I first got into Embrace a couple of years ago. It was the holidays and I was bored so me and a mate decided to go and see them live for something to do. We only knew 2 of their songs but once we got there it dind't matter. They made you listen and love each song the first time you heard it. After that I went out and bought the album. Its hardly been of my stereo since!

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                25.08.2000 03:51

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                This is one of the most moving albums I've ever heard! The tracks are great and there is a whole variety of songs, from rock and roll through to huge instrumentals. However, the jewel in this album's crown definately has to be the final three songs, beautifully strung together, and the title song, 'The Good Will Out' has to go down as one of my most listened to songs ever, the lyrics are amazing! Go buy this now!

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                24.07.2000 01:36

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                While not as good as the Embrace sequel album, this should not be ignored. All You Good Good People, is the opening song, and arguably the best. As with Come Back To What You Know, it's an uplifting tune that keeps the attention of the listener well. Embrace have a good stab at a faster style of tune, with a mixture of success and failure. The same goes for their sweet melodys. Overall, Embrace seem to have an addictive scent to their music, which keeps you coming back for more. Unlike there next album, there are a few 'duds', but these mingle inbetween the decent songs and mould The Good Will Out into a decent package, overall. While not perfect, it's an album that I can reccomend, and if you've already experienced the delight of Drawn From Memory, this is essential to be able to form a genuine view on the band. If you are like me, that view will be a positive one.

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                16.07.2000 00:16
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                Having searched high and low on this website i could not find any link to the top band, Embrace. I own both of the albums, The Good Will Out and Drawn From Memory, and I have seriousviews about all of these albums. The first album, The Good Will Out, has several good tunes on it, such as the single "Coming Back To What You Know" aswell as two or three others. But sadly this album didn't quite have the consistency through out to make it a major hit and was probably only good for a hardcore Embrace fan. But whatever they did wrong on the first album they certainly made up for with an absolutley amazing second album. I will not go through the good songs because I really do not believe that there is a bad song on this album. If you are a fan of indie music, this album is a must darkhorse for your collection.

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              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 Intro
              2 All You Good Good People
              3 My Weakness Is None Of Your Business
              4 Come Back To What You Know
              5 One Big Family
              6 Higher Sights
              7 Retread
              8 I Want The World
              9 You've Got To Say Yes
              10 Fireworks
              11 The Last Gas
              12 That's All Changed Forever
              13 Now You're Nobody
              14 The Good Will Out