With a career spanning over 20 years Embrace are back to their very best with their impressive seventh studio album Love Is A Basic Need.

Embrace’s latest offering was recorded last year at their own Magnetic North Studio and produced by Richard McNamara. The theme for the record being love, and its importance being is as paramount to our well-being as both food and water.

Subsequently, by choosing love as the central theme of the record the band has been able to craft an exquisitely intricate and heartfelt release which showcases the phenomenal songwriting ability of the McNamara brothers. Of course, with such a poignant subject matter most can relate to the sentiment of this collection of love songs.

Opening number “The Finish Line” sets the tone for the album with its spellbinding piano intro, gentle and somewhat atmospheric guitar riffs and its huge chorus. On the other hand “Never” features some superb vocal harmonies with Kerri Watt.

As the album progresses, the pace is lifted by the passionate “Snake Oil” and “Where You Sleeping”. The latter of which being one of the stand out tracks of the album and truly highlights the incredible voice of Danny McNamara.

Songs like the slow burner “Rabbit Hole” and huge sounding “Wake Up Call” really draws the listener’s attention to the stunning production value of the album. Whereas the emotive piano centred number “Horseshoe In My Glove” will certainly resonate with most; the song focuses on that longing for the special person in your life.

The closing number and title track of the album leaves us with the thought-provoking statement which is that “Love Is A Basic Need” and that is something that we can all agree with. With its infectious chorus and catchy hooks, the number will inevitably be a live favourite on the band’s forthcoming tour.

Following a recent run of stadium support shows with Coldplay and a short set of intimate headline dates Embrace will hit the road across the UK for a full tour in March.

Embrace UK Tour Dates:

Wed 28 Glasgow O2 Academy
Thu 29 Newcastle Northumbria University
Fri 30 Nottingham Rock City
Sat 31 Manchester O2 Ritz
Sun 01 Cardiff Tramshed
Mon 02 Southampton Engine Room
Wed 04 Norwich Epic 
Thu 05 Birmingham O2 Institute
Fri 06 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 07 Leeds O2 Academy

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