Crowd Embrace rockers’ return

Danny McNamaraEmbrace, live @ the Music Hall, Aberdeen on Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Embrace front man Danny McNamara knows how to work the crowds.

In the middle of a rousing return to the Music Hall in Aberdeen the chart toppers’ singer (pictured) declared his love for Scotland, saying he’d move here in a second because of the warm reception the band gets north of the border.

“I’m not just being showbiz,” he promised. The sold out Music Hall crowd didn’t let him down.

From start to finish Danny was helped along with every lyric, whether it be singing along to their stomping 1997 breakthrough All You Good Good People or their Chris Martin-penned comeback single Gravity.

But the contrast in the back catalogue was obvious. Embrace emerged in the late 1990s as a Britpop band to rival Oasis before disappearing for a few years and reinventing themselves with slow-burning anthems such as their latest single Nature’s Law.

The new material, taken from their number one album This New Day, was well received but it was clear some just wanted to boogie to the songs which launched them, like Come Back To What You Know.

The set ended with a feel-good mass singalong to The Good Will Out with no mention of the adopted Scots recent deal to record deal to record England’s official World Cup song. Very showbiz.

  • A version of this review appeared in the (Aberdeen) Evening Express on Thursday, April 13, 2006.

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