This is the sound of modern Northern soul. In recent years, the McNamara brothers are the best thing to have come out of Huddersfield, writing audaciously large tunes laced with fiery guitar.

 

On their 1998 debut album,The Good Will Out,their ambition was bigger than their ability, with some quite simple songs drowned by excessive orchestration. This follow-up is just as explosive, but there is a greater degree of control, and a sense of irony. "Hooligan", for instance, has a Beck-ish touch of mischief, with its grainy loops, jaunty kazoo and bluesy, shuffling rhythm, while "You're Not Alone" weaves upbeat Northern brass into its anthemic chorus.

 

Frontman Danny also delivers a few killer ballads, including the title track, where to an intimate piano melody he regretfully sings: "I turn evil in your hands." He's always been an unsentimental wordsmith, and thank heaven for that. --Lucy O'Brien

Embrace - Drawn From Memory

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  • A1. The Love It Takes
    A2. You're Not Alone
    A3. Save Me
    A4. Drawn From Memory
    A5. Bunker Song
    A6. New Adam New Eve

     

    B1. Hooligan
    B2. Yeah You
    B3. Liars Tears
    B4. I Wouldn't Wanna Happen To You
    B5. I Had A Time