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Diamonds In The Dirt

Joanne Shaw Taylor, Joanne Shaw Taylor Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ruf Records
  • ASIN: B0044EIPU0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Can't Keep Living Like This 5:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dead And Gone 4:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Same As It Never Was 4:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jump That Train 4:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Who Do You Love? 3:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Diamonds In The Dirt 5:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Let It Burn 4:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. World On Fire 3:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lord Have Mercy 4:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The World And It's Way 4:570.89  Buy MP3 

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"Diamonds in the Dirt" is the exciting new album by British artist Joanne Shaw Taylor, a rising star on the international blues scene. As tempting as it was to try and repeat the success of "White Sugar" (nominated as Best New Artist Debut at the 2010 Blues Music Awards), so much has changed in Taylor's life since then that she never even considered it. Thus, Diamonds in the Dirt is a fitting step forward.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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'Diamonds In The Dirt' is the second stunning album by spiraling blues star Joanne Shaw Taylor who is again given licence to thrill on her Fender Telecaster at Bessie Blue Studios in Tennessee with legendary producer Jim Gaines who records 10 new breathtaking original gems featuring Steve Potts on drums, Dave Smith on bass, Rick Steff on keyboards.

'Diamonds In The Dirt' captures Joanne Shaw Taylor on fire with a collection of love songs expressing her hopes and fears forged from crash and burn experiences on her journey through life since her widely acclaimed debut album White Sugar. Cue acoustic guitar and deep smoky vocals like the quiet before a storm on 'Can't Keep Living Like This' and wait for the whirlwind to follow that emanates straight from her scorching Fender Telecaster and thunderous rhythm section that simply blow you away! Nearly two years on from her last outing and this young lady needs to get a lot off her chest as she exorcises the past with 'Dead And Gone' and sings of finding "New life in this fight" on 'Same As It Ever Was' before moving into overdrive and telling of a brave new world on 'Jump That Train' that is a real bone shaker! 'Who Do You Love' delivers some her finest guitar licks to date leading into the title track 'Diamonds In The Dirt', a love song which brings her smoky voice to the fore that is winning awards like Best British Female Vocalist at the 2010 British Blues Awards and it's fair to say adding female musician and songwriter to that accolade wouldn't be far from the truth!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album full of diamonds 24 May 2012
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I saw this album advertised on the Planet Rock website, and sitting in front of my PC at work, drifted to Amazon and bought it off the cuff - and Never has an impulse buy been so happily received.

From the image i was expecting something a bit Sheryl Crow; light, slightly mischievous and fairly easy listening.

What I got was proper dirty blues rock riffs, great gritty chug, fantastic solos, all aged and tempered by Taylor's deep, angsty, smokey voice. From the opening "can't keep living like this" you know what your in for, and it's all groovy.

The whole album sounds brilliant on the surface, but on a song-to-song basis each track stands out on its own as a bit of gritty musical genius. If music is there to carry a sensation and emotion, this album gives you both in buckets.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as White Sugar. It's even better! 15 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I discovered this amazing new artist and her White Sugar album totally by accident, thanks to Amazon. I only noticed this new album was coming a few days ago and pre-ordered it on the spot. I must admit I was totally blown away by White Sugar, with the uniqueness of her voice and her stunning playing I just can't understand how "unheard of" she still seems to be. But when I saw this new album, I did also wonder if maybe she'd just fluked a flash in the pan success with the first one. How good would this be?

Well, any tiny fears I may have had were totally misplaced. The disc turned up this morning and I haven't even finished listening yet, but I just had to come and say how brilliant this is. 2 minutes in to the first track, she had shivers running up my spine, and it just gets better and better after that. This is the kind of music where even on the first listen, you just feel so comfortable and relaxed with it, it seems like you have been hearing it all your life. And that is in no way meant to imply it is a repeated stock sound. It just fills your ears and washes over you, and it is a rare and wonderful feeling.

This lady has an amazing talent and original sound, is destined for great things. Do not hesitate to add this to your blues collection. And if you don't have White Sugar, that is a must-buy too.

Fantastic music. Hope the neighbours like it! :-)

Update having heard it all: Best track? Hard to pick one, they are all good. But Lord Have Mercy swings it. Blinding guitar.
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As with all the best artists new to me, I first heard Joanne on the Paul Jones show on Radio 2, where she was playing three of the tracks on this album in session on Dec 13 2010. There were hints of Janis Joplin and Alison Moyet underlying her stunningly distinctive voice, and her guitar work showed great breadth from subtle and delicate to heavy rocking blues. I was impressed! So I immediately ordered the CD, which was going to take a few weeks to be delivered, and you can imagine my expectations building steadily as Christmas and the New Year passed.

But can you believe my stunned reaction when two of my CD players said 'No Disc' each time I tried to play it? Instead of being the usual shaving mirror silver, it is shiny black on the play side, and neither the Marantz CD nor the Denon DVD (both hooked up to the hi-fi) could see it. In desperation I tried it on a few computers, but no go for either drive in each of the two big XP machines in the house; now I've gone through puzzlement and disappointment and I'm growing angry. At last, on the fifth machine tried, this old W2K laptop, it plays! My anticipation, building for the last three weeks, and scorched by the frustration of the final ten minutes, has been surpassed.

I might be tempted to compare Joanne with Ana Popovic, another superb blues/jazz/rock guitarist and singer, and only a few years older, but they are also so very different. You can hear they have come from different backgrounds, and are approaching the Blues from different directions. There is room for both in the Blues world, and both are most welcome in my CD collection.

She plays all the guitars, except bass, and sings all the vocals on this CD where she also composed all the tracks. This is showcasing her talent; there are no bad tracks, just some are better than others. See Joanne Shaw Taylor's web site for lots more about her.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A great follow up to Sugar and obviously targeted more to appeal to the American market where Joanne now resides, so its understandable that THAT is the market she is aiming for. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Wolfers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond of an Album.
Of the three albums I have got of this very talented lady,this is my favourite,its got everything.The tracks Dead and Gone,and the title track are the stand out gems,but the whole... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Alangm
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the her 3 albums!
What a great performer and I make no apologies for making this more of a review for the fantastic gig at Shepherd's Bush on Thursday 28 November 2013. Read more
Published 4 months ago by chas.telson1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent LP at a good price and delivered quickly.
Good to get recordings back on vinyl - 180g vinyl too - I think it will wear out my turntable!.
Published 7 months ago by John Siewruk
5.0 out of 5 stars I am realy satisfied.
When I turned on this CD in my car, driving became a pleasure. Very nice and dinamic stile of Joanne music gives a lot of pleasure and reminds good time of Rock.
Published 8 months ago by Robert Galazka
4.0 out of 5 stars A real find
Excellent guitar work and the vocals on the first track grab you where blues should hurt. A good introduction if have not seen or heard Joanne Shaw-Taylor
Published 9 months ago by Paul Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blonde, British, Blues, Brilliant
I now own both Jo's albums and have had the pleasure of seeing her live show recently (November 2011) and can only describe her as a brilliant blues singer-songwriter and guitar... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by D. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I've been buying a lot of CDs by featuring artists on the Ruf record lable. They are all good. This one by JST is exellent too. Great voice, great guitar. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by E. J. Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I first stumbled over Joanne Shaw-Taylor when she was a 13 year old teen about a decade ago, and I was impressed. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by morten@fortun.dk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Aalbum better than White Sugar ??
I thought Joanne's White Sugar cd was good but the music on this cd is much better, thats my opinion really enjoyed every track, hope she continues to come out with material like... Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by John Bell
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