But we wanted to know music is unforgettable to Embrace. Lead guitarist, Richard McNamara, took some time out of their busy touring schedule to make ARTISTdirect this mixtape and list of essential albums!
1. 22-20’s - "Such a Fool"
2. U2 – "Miracle Drug"
3. Louis XIV - "Finding Out True Love Is Blind"
4. The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
5. The Flaming Lips - "A Spoonful Weights a Ton"
6. The Music – “Into the Night”
7. Coldplay – “Fix You”
8. Beck - " Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes"
9. Metallica - "Frantic"
10. Muse - "Stockholm Syndrome"
11. Neil Young - "Birds"
12. The Police - "Message in a Bottle"
13. The Stereophonics - "Dakota"
14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps"
15. Aerosmith - "Dude Looks Like a Lady"
Essential Albums List
1. The Joshua Tree – U2
"I've been a fan of this album since the first time I heard it, it's full of positivity both in the lyric and the music, but somewhere in there is a melancholy "ache" that takes me right back to the first time I heard it, and everyone wants to be 15 right??"
2. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
"This was the first record I can remember that spawned a whole culture of group playbacks, we would go round to my mates house, who was the only guy that owned it, and we'd teach each other different guitar lines on the album that we'd worked out. It was almost devotional except for the fact that only one of us owned the record. I've bought about 10 copies since then though."
3. Elephant – The White Stripes
"Absolutely genius record and the record that got me back into the guitar. This guy is the new Jimi Hendrix , not in some virtuoso way, but because he can bring a smile to my face with the audaciousness and carefree approach. Definitely the guitarist I identify with the most."
4. St. Anger – Metallica
"I've been a fan of Metallica since "Ride The Lightning" but haven't really been "into" them in a big way since "and justice for all" This record really turned all that around for me I get an adrenaline rush every time I hear it, and of course with the "some kind of monster" DVD, the extra insight just heightens the buzz.
5. Hatful of Hollow – The Smiths
This is a compilation album of radio sessions they did, and some of the versions are just staggeringly good, and in many cases better than the album versions. The Smiths were a band who never let you down, and when it looked like they might...they split up. Absolute genius.
All of Embrace’s picks, along with their new album, Out of Nothing, are available now in the ARTISTdirect Store