With three number one albums to their credit, Yorkshire rockers Embrace did well out of the post-Britpop demand for singalong anthems and orchestrally-augmented plodders.
Indeed, early single All You Good Good People couldn't have aped the Oasis songbook more closely had it slipped on a Man City top and grown a monobrow. Eight years have passed since their last long-player, and you'd be hard-pushed to argue modern music has been lacking during their absence. Nor is it improved by their return.
Most self-titled albums that do not mark a debut carry a whiff of last-ditch this-is-really-us desperation and, while this sixth studio effort might herald a new and darker chapter in the McNamara brothers' musical relationship, there's a suspicion that, if you strip away the prominent production treatments, the tunes aren't as strong as they once were.
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For all its electro fizz, opening track Protection can't decide if it's Depeche Mode or Kasabian, while Refugees features a mid-section breakdown New Order would have rejected out of hand (but Keane seized on in the hope of indie credibility). Follow You Home is admittedly more pop-friendly, but relies on one of those elusively familiar melodies that the defective Shazam app in your brain is convinced it has heard before.