If You've Never Been

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All Music Guide - Ben Davies
With Embrace's debut, the band was Orson Welles-style excessive. The follow-up, Drawn From Memory, was oversimplified, lacking the grandeur of its predecessor. If You've Never Been was hoped to be a meeting between the two. Embrace's third LP does hit its target, but has lost something along the way. The band's harder edge has been almost totally lost, and while the rock & roll tracks were never the finest moments of their previous releases, they did add some diversity. With these lost, If You've Never Been seems decidedly straightforward and lackluster. The album is not without merit, though. The opening track, "Over," is a superb recording, a definite peak for Embrace....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ben Davies
With Embrace's debut, the band was Orson Welles-style excessive. The follow-up, Drawn From Memory, was oversimplified, lacking the grandeur of its predecessor. If You've Never Been was hoped to be a meeting between the two. Embrace's third LP does hit its target, but has lost something along the way. The band's harder edge has been almost totally lost, and while the rock & roll tracks were never the finest moments of their previous releases, they did add some diversity. With these lost, If You've Never Been seems decidedly straightforward and lackluster. The album is not without merit, though. The opening track, "Over," is a superb recording, a definite peak for Embrace. "Wonder" is another fine track, but slightly wishy-washy. The rest of the album is distinctly average. It seems Embrace has yet to find its true sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724381097328
  • Catalog Number: 810973
  • Sales rank: 124,385

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Embrace Primary Artist
Michael Kearsey Brass
Andrew Ross Brass
Willia Jackson Conductor
Andrew Morrell Brass
Jim Hunt Brass
Danny McNamara Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Richard McNamara Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Heaton Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Melodica, Vibes
Steven Firth Bass Guitar
Ben Castle Brass
Darren Wiles Brass
Finn Peters Brass
Mickey Dale Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vibes
Pete Wareham Brass
Simon Finch Brass
Technical Credits
Michael Hunter Engineer
Ken Nelson Producer, Engineer
Willia Jackson Arranger, Orchestral Score
Embrace Producer
Mickey Dale String Arrangements
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