From Yorkshire Embrace were one of the biggest UK bands after they broke through in 2000 with a series of number one albums and big hit singles.

Initially more rocky they leant towards the Chameleons and U2 as an influence. They were named after the band that Ian Mackaye formed after Minor Threat but they went on to develop a more classic, sweeping sound full of northern melancholia.

The band are currently readying a new album to be released later this year.

1. Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’
Ok Computer won me over but this is the album I always hoped they’d make one day. Every time I listen to it I get something new from it.


2. Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’
I saw Brian Wilson do this album at The Royal Festival Hall. There’s something in his voice that can’t be measured. And even now after all the excess and illness almost took him away, it’s still there.


3. Carol King ‘Tapestry’
Carol King has written some of the biggest standards of the last century but it’s her own versions where the light shines the brightest. Whenever I feel cold inside I put this album on and it makes me feel hope again.


4. The Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’
One of the reasons I’ve always wanted to be in a band. I love the title track the most, just the way McCartney shouts it out.


5. Nirvana ‘Nevermind’
Our generation’s most important Narcissist. When he died Embrace were rehearsing and the guy who ran the studio came in and said to me Danny your friend has died. Though I never got to meet him, in some ways (maybe because I was so young at the time) it really did feel like that.


Part 2 of Danny Mcnamara top 10 favourite albums is HERE.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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