This New Day

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This New Day
Studio album by Embrace
Released 27 March 2006
Recorded 2005-06 at
Britannia Row Studios and Olympic Studios
(London, England)
Blue Skies Studio
(Granada, Spain)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 49:57
Label Independiente
Producer Martin Glover
Embrace chronology
Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997–2005
This New Day
Singles from This New Day
  1. "Nature's Law"
    Released: 20 March 2006
  2. "World at Your Feet"
    Released: 5 June 2006
  3. "Target"
    Released: 11 September 2006
  4. "I Can't Come Down"
    Released: 4 December 2006

This New Day is the fifth studio album by English rock band Embrace. It was released on 27 March 2006, being preceded by the release of the single, "Nature's Law", and went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart. The single and album were enough to earn the band the distinction of performing "World at Your Feet", England's official 2006 FIFA World Cup song. The album was then reissued on 5 June 2006, with the song included on it. The album is also notable for being the first album ever to top the UK Album Downloads Chart.[1]

"Nature's Law" had become the band's most successful single, having debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single was "World at Your Feet". The third single from the album was "Target" released on 11 September 2006, and charted at No. 29 after being number 9 in the midweek charts. It left the charts after only one week in the top 75. The fourth single "I Can't Come Down" was released on 4 December 2006 and reached No. 54.

Notably, "Exploding Machines" was originally planned to be the title of the album.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
musicOMH Negative[5]
NME 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine (A-)[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
The Times 2/5 stars[10]
The Observer 1/5 stars[11]
Yahoo! Music 6/10 stars[12]

This New Day received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on nine reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Embrace and Martin Glover, except where noted.

Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "No Use Crying" 3:42
2. "Nature's Law" 4:07
3. "Target" 4:28
4. "Sainted" 4:18
5. "I Can't Come Down" (Danny McNamara and Richard McNamara) 4:13
6. "Celebrate" 3:33
7. "Exploding Machines" 5:17
8. "Even Smaller Stones" 4:28
9. "The End Is Near" (Danny McNamara and Richard McNamara) 4:38
10. "This New Day" 4:45

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom 27 March 2006 Independiente LP, CD

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Brandle, Lars (22 April 2006). "Billboard - 22 April 2006 - Page 8". Billboard. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Embrace write new album in nine days". NME. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for This New Day by Embrace - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  4. ^ This New Day at AllMusic
  5. ^ "Embrace – This New Day: Album Reviews". musicOMH. 27 March 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Nase69. "MHH - Albums Reviews". Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Knott, Adam (28 June 2009). "Embrace (UK) - This New Day (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Embrace - This New Day - Review". Stylus Magazine. 
  9. ^ Caroline Sullivan. "CD: Embrace, This New Day". the Guardian. 
  10. ^ "Embrace". The Times. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Perry, Andrew (19 March 2006). "Embrace, This New Day". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. 
  12. ^ "Embrace This New DayAlbum Review, New album reviews and latest album releases on Yahoo! Music". Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Embrace – Out of Nothing". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Out of Nothing in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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