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Embrace: The Good Will Out (Review)

July 16, 2011

Released when the subgenre of Britpop was arguably on its last lap, The Good Will Out was to be a precursor to a new brand of British music that favoured a more introspective direction. Drifting away from the “laddish” culture of Oasis and Blur, this era of music tended to focus less specifically on British identity and more on universal issues of emotional turmoil.

The Good Will Out tends to float between these two mediums, incorporating Embrace’s trademark softer, orchestral sound alongside the occasional appearance of archetypal, testosterone-fuelled “Britpop” material. Incidentally, the band do themselves no favours when attempting to imitate the cocky, macho style of Liam Gallagher. In what can only be defined as external pressures to fit within the quick-fire success path of the “Britpop” legacy, when Embrace skip the ballads in favour of formulaic, grungier aesthetics, the end result tends to expose their inability to successfully play the role of the alpha male. READ MORE…

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