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Diary Of A Soul Fiend [CD]

Saint Jude Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sj Records
  • ASIN: B003NQB552
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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A lot of the time I get stuff to review because I ask for it. Sometimes things will be passed to me by a colleague or a PR guy because they think it's my thing. And sometimes one comes at you out of the blue and makes a great impression. Saint Jude did just that.
Are they a new name to you? They were to me. Fortunately, that's because this is their debut album which I'm happy about, because it means I haven't missed them prior to this! Saint Jude are a female fronted quintet playing classic rock in a seventies style. While that sounds okay, I don't have a great deal of female acts in my collection. There's a few, but they tend to be more raunchy and raspy - the likes of Alannah Myles, Tina Turner, Lulu, etc. Fortunately, Saint Jude's vocalist, the fine looking Lynne Jackaman, has a delivery like that, along with bags of power and confidence.
Backed by a thumping rhythm section comprised of Colin Palmer Kellogg on bass and drummer Lee Cook, Jackaman's vocals are flanked by the keyboards of Joe Glossop and guitar riffing of Adam Greene. The five piece's opening track `Soul On Fire' is absolutely top drawer. It's like a modern take on great seventies rock, without ripping anybody off or sounding like an inferior version of all those great seventies bands. Jackaman's voice is excellent and combined with the great riffs and hook in the chorus, I was immediately impressed. `Garden Of Eden' and `Little Queen' are just as good, before the pace slows a bit with `Down This Road' - the first song the band wrote together.
There's more slow burners in the form of `Down And Out', `Pleased To Meet You' and `Angel' before the rocking and catchy `Southern Belles' closes the record with another excellent chorus up there with the quality of the first three tracks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Soul 5 Jun 2010
By W. Page
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Saint Jude were first described to me by a well-respected music producer as a band who, when performing live, "break sweat from the first song - and that's not because of the stage lights". Basically, they throw literally everything they have in terms of musicality, emotion and raw energy into their music. Luckily, that same energy shines through on this recording, with little evidence of studio dilution.

Separating this band out from a crowded market is surprisingly easy - basically, they do rock and roll the only way it should be done: tight, on the edge and coming from the heart. The musicianship within the band is striking, as guitar riffs and solos take on from where the great riffs and solos of the late 60s left off. Fans of The Faces and Stones will find this a flawless extension of their playlists.

That's all good and well, but what gives the musicianship the edge is the delicacy of the keyboards, which are there throughout but come to the front with stabbing authority just when they are needed most. Led Zeppelins `Boogie with the Stu' is not a bad yardstick to translate my point over with. Splice that with the anchorage of the bass and relentless drumming and you have a unit that can support a voice.

What a voice, too.

Watching Lynne Jackaman live is a memorable experience simply for the confidence she displays in her songs. By this, I mean the innate knowledge and self belief that what she has to offer is an ability to get the message across, without crossing over, regardless of the audience's persuasion. Comparisons with the late great Janis Joplin do not come around that often, but on this occasion they are actually substantiated in full.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine Tingling! 21 Sep 2010
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I bought this after reading a live review, and also the other reviews on this site. Frankly, I am amazed there has not been more of a buzz about this band because this is an outstanding debut album. There are strong elements of 70's rock in several of the tracks but the excellent production brings the sound firmly up to date.

I don't think there is a weak song on the album and, as for the voice-I can safely say that the singing is scarily good- full of raw passion and emotion. If you like this, I would recommend also checking out the latest album by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as there are definately similarities between the 2 bands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After hearing the first track on Planet Rock I decided to listen to the previews and was very impressed. A little different to a lot of the current seventies sounds doing the rounds; very soulful even jazzy but always keeping rock as a baseline. Superb vocals, (and yes, very Janis Joplin), I seem to be slowly building up on female fronted bands but if this is what they can produce then they put a lot of the men to shame! Absolutely no fillers and even the non-rockier members of the family may like it, (that is to no detriment). This will sit proudly next to my metal, blues, prog and other rock CDs. Roll on High Voltage!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away by this new band. 26 April 2011
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First heard Saint Jude, when Classic Rock put one of their songs on the free album and I liked what I was hearing. Checked them out on You Tube and like what I saw and heard. Bought the CD, put it on my MP3 and I was blown away by this new band. This has to be the best Rock/Blues band to come along in years, they are tight, excellent musicians, who play good old no nonsense rock 'n' roll that is a pleasure too listen to. Vocalist Lynne Jackaman is stunning and has previously been compared to Janis Joplin, personally, I would say a better comparison would be Maggie Bell, especially on the more soul/bluesy numbers, but on the rockier tracks Sass Jordan comes to mind. The individual songs and musicians have been covered by previous reviewers so no point in covering that again. I know we're not half way through the year yet, but this could end up being the best rock album of 2011.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Sublime is the only way I can describe this album. It ticks every box on my get go list, great musicianship, a real bluesy, soul tinged sound, and songs which stand up better after... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aerduin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
listen to this album and you will be giving it 5 stars too, exquisite vocals and good tight band buy it now
Published 11 months ago by R. ARMSTRONG
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first album
First heard this band on The Classic Rock awards and I have to say I liked them straight away. Of course these days you here a song you like and within minutes the whole album is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by CAPITAL ONE PREMIER
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
fantastic album cross mixture between rolling stones and led zepplin.
hard blues rock raw original i recommend to every one.
Published 13 months ago by MR S DICKEL
5.0 out of 5 stars A happy accident
I 'discovered' Lynne Jackaman by accident, due to her association with The Answer (Nowhere Freeway). What a voice, what delivery, true soul in a rocking environment. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by S. Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible.
Killer début, all killer, no filler as they say.

If you love your rock with class, then this is Highly recommended.
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Clashcity Rocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a fantastic album - all of the songs are great and liked everyone of them from the off. Sometimes you need to listen to an album a couple of times to like it - not this... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by foxy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great first track, mediocre material
If you judged St Jude on the strength of Soul on Fire, you'd agree with a lot of the hype.

No, it's still really not up there with the Stones or the Faces, but it does... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Jack 'Old Nicko'
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought because of an Amazon recommendation
Before buying this CD I'd never heard of Saint Jude, I only looked at as it was recommended based on previous purchases including Joanne Shaw Taylor. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars and it bears repeating
I bought "Diary of a Soul Fiend" (which I have often mistakenly called "Soul on Fire") having seen them live in 2010. Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Lewis Hulatt
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