Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Album Review: How To Be A Person Like Other People

How To Be A Person Like Other People

Death Is Not The End; We Are It, Up, Remember Me; The Terms Of My Surrender; Run Away With Me; Rubble; How To Be A Person Like Other People; I Miss You; For Kate.

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Bailiff Bridge's Embrace may have dreamed of superstardom when they started playing together in a small outbuilding at the bottom of a garden back in 1990, but there is little doubt that even the wildest of childhood dreams could have foreseen that career that lay ahead of them. With no less than 7 Top Ten albums under their belt (with 3 of those topping the charts), it is fair to say that Embrace have very little to prove on their eighth studio album, How To Be A Person Like Other People.

While they may not have anything to prove, that doesn't mean that the quintet haven't continued to raise the bar on their latest release. For a group with anthems Ashes, All You Good Good People, Gravity and World At Your Feet already in their back catalogue, there is no questioning their ability to write a song with meaning, feeling and the ability to unite. However, on How To Be A Person Like Other People, their reflective lyrics married to euphoric melodies still feel fresh.

The title of the opening track, Death Is Not The End, is both poignant and optimistic, a theme that runs throughout the album as a whole. With the lyrical content their most intimate to date, the group have somehow weaved this intimacy into Arena-filling anthems that are so joyous and uplifting. The phenomenal album highlight We Are It is destined to be their biggest radio hit in a very long time.

However, there is something to be said for how Embrace deliver a killer ballad. With a career that has seen them soar to the upper echelons of the charts with some of the most tender indie pop ballads ever, How To Be A Person Like Other People delivers their most glorious yet - the simply sensational Rubble. Of almost equal note is The Terms Of My Surrender.

How To Be A Person Like Other People is a bold, striking, compelling and emotional listen that showcases the best of the Bailiff Bridge band.