My Record Collection - March 6, 2018

My Record Collection by Emma McGrath
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My Record Collection by Emma McGrath

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of rising songstress Emma McGrath, let's see what she opts for...

 


The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"I think it was The Staves' Blood I Bled EP, but I’m not 100% sure! I went to see them live in London and I remember just being so amazed by them, their songs, their harmonies. It was just brilliant."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"Some of the first songs I learnt to play on the guitar were Oasis and Beatles tracks. Both amazing bands with quality, well-written songs. My Dad is a big Oasis fan and he always used to point out the way they performed and the attitude Liam has when he sings."

 

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

"I grew up listening to Tracy Chapman. I love her music more than anything else, every single song is brilliant and so I think it’s hard for me to pick just one of her albums… I’m going to be truthful and pick The Greatest Hits compilation though because it is all the greatest!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I am a massive fan of the album Unguarded by Rae Morris. It’s funny because it’s an album that makes me feel good in a calm kind of way where you can just sit back and smile. Rae Morris has such a different voice it’s almost as though the songs are designed to fit with her voice. It’s just produced and written very well."

 

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

"When I was about 15 I got very into alternative R&B and discovered Banks. I find her album Goddess captivating because she has a way with words that is so bare and honest throughout the album. That mixed with her vocals is gold. It’s quite dark and I like to listen to it when I’m a bit angry or frustrated with something!"

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Hands down I have to say The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle by Missy Higgins. I know Missy Higgins is very well known in Australia but no one seems to know who she is in the UK! She is such an incredible writer and I truly believe all the songs on the album I chose are completely timeless. It’s on my bucket list to be able to see her live one day."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I remember the promo coming out for How Did We Get So Dark by Royal Blood and all the posters up in the tube caught my eye every time. It’s just a great bit of album art, very simple and not over the top but also quite ominous."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. It's just a great title."

 

The record I can’t understand why everybody loves is…

"I feel really bad saying this about someone else’s music, but I think I would have to say I See You by The XX. I loved their first album, but I’m just not a fan of their latest."

 

The last record I bought was…

"I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for a great pop song and the last album I bought was Evolution by Sabrina Carpenter. They are quality pop songs and I think her voice is really good."

 

The record I’m most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"I am a huge fan of Brandi Carlile and, I know it’s now already released, but, I was very excited when her new album, By the Way, I Forgive You came out in February and it did not disappoint."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"My opinion on this one changes all the time so maybe I haven’t figured it out yet..."

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