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  • Vinyl (7 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0015L5DLO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

A northern band with a lead singer who has an outspoken opinion? Rattling snare drums, staccato guitars and tales of urban youth in meltdown? No wait!come back. The Courteeners may not be the newest idea on the block. But that doesn't make St Jude a total write-off. Not quite...

Whether the album title (the patron saint of lost causes) refers to the tales told on the album's 12 tracks or is a self-deprecating prediction of critical dismissal for their lack of originality remains to be seen. But while one struggles to review this album without mentioning the Arctic Monkeys (lyrical content, northern sneer, minimal guitar effects) or even the Kaiser Chiefs (musical bounce on the opener, Aftershow) there's still something about this band's drive that suggests that they may have more to offer. But is drive enough?

The problem lies in Liam Fray's rather scattershot misanthropy. While his distaste for modern life is admirable, the very cocksure arrogance of it all can be like being trapped in a room with the world's biggest head. Add to this his obvious ire for members of the opposite sex (''You're an average girl with bad teeth'', - If It Wasn't For Me) and you're left with a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth when it's over.

But still one hesitates to be entirely negative. Their kitchen sink indie is based on some fine templates, notably No You Didn't, No You Don't's Smiths-ian sway. And Please Don't is designed to be heard live. You can hear the fans singing along to the stop-start invective.

But musically it IS formuaic, and the band's limitations aren't helped by a rather lacklustre production job that leaves drums lacking punch and guitars sounding hackneyed. One can only hope that the band's gobbiness in interviews isn't just some astute PR that hides depth beyond the spite. On this showing it's a close-run thing! --Jerome Blakeney

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This is one of my favourite albums and bands of all time, with this album being released in 2008 the band didn't quite live up to the hype which was originally given, but over the years the courteeners fan Base has grown by word of mouth due to fantastic live performances. This album is still on high demand on vinyl and has become very rare and expensive.
I personally don't think there is a bad song on the album but you decide
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The Courteeners finally released their highly anticipated debut album on the 7th April. The backlash has no doubt begun after Liam Fray declared this offering to be up there with the Stone Roses debut. To be fair he had to big the album up but St Jude doesn't quiet hit the heights that the Stone Roses debut did. Although it is a very good first effort
I have seen the band on many occasions over the last 6 months and the songs have evolved a lot since I first heard them. This made the first listen quite difficult for me but once I got past the fact the songs had changed slightly I realised what a great piece of work St Jude really is. The songs really work well as a whole and the listener never finds themselves getting bored. The Courteeners have added layers of sound on various fan favourites which makes them sound a little weird at first.
The outstanding track on the album is "Please Don't" which has a girl group drumbeat reminiscent of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recordings. One listen of this and the listener realises there is a lot more depth and sensitivity to the Courteeners than previously thought. This is again highlighted on the album closer "yesterday, Today and Probably Tomorrow" which is an eloquent ode to a love that the singer knows will never last. It evokes memories of Morrissey at his best and leaves the listener in no doubt that there is definitely more to come from the Courteeners.
Just buy the album and decide for yourself. I'm sure you won't be disappointed
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A lot of hype surrounded the courteeners debut album and it doesnt dissapoint.
Lazy journalists have been calling them the new oasis which is unfair, although they hail from Manchester and the lead singers names are the same, these are the only similarites between the two.
I think this album should be reviewed on its own merits and not compared to the likes of oasis or smiths etc, because you will always have people who are still living in the 80s and 90s saying they are not as good as these bands.
But let us remember it is 2008 and these bands have been and gone and it is now time for people and music to move on, dont get me wrong im a big fan (and always will be) of the roses,oasis and the smiths and must now say that the courteeners now fall into this category.

now for the album, unlike a lot of indie albums nowadays which contain about 12 songs which sound the same, this is different, a mix of raw energy, catchy foottappers which will stick in you head for weeks and well written ballads, this album offers everything.

I could go on and on about how good this album is but all i can say is give it a try yourself you wont be dissapointed.

oh one final thing if you can catch them live go and see them they are excellent.
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Never really given The Courteeners a chance before - great album though, gets better with each listen. You can tell influences from the time when released, reminds me of both the Kaisers and Kings of Leon. Pet hate - swearing. Maybe getting old - I can't play it in front of the kids though - parental advisory.
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Now I know why The Courteeners' 2008 debut album 'St. Jude' was indeed 'long awaited' (as many have said), I didn't actually realise that they had formed back in 2006. They have of course released two more since then, and Liam Fray's band's music just keeps getting better.

I regard The Courteeners as one of the best modern bands to come from Manchester, with a clear influence from Oasis and The Stones Roses, you can certainly hear it on this album. I think that the singles 'What Took You So Long?' and 'Not Nineteen Forever', as well as 'Please Don't' are the highlights on this very strong, polished debut.

It was those hit singles that first introduced to the band, and the whole album didn't disappoint. Most of the songs are worth playing on repeat as they are just so catchy, and the lyrics are smart, as well as sometimes funny and aggressive.

If you enjoy British indie rock, you've probably already got this by now. If you're a late starter - buy it!
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I bought this out of curiosity: got a t-shirt with iconic Manchester music images on. There's Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis etc, plus the St Jude album cover. I didn't know it and it took me some searching to find what it was. Bought a cheap copy and it's really good. Best summary: a Mancunian version of The Liberteens/The Arctic Monkeys. Best two tracks are the outstanding "Not 19 Forever" and "Cavorting".
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I heard nothing but praise for quite a while before i tried this. I kept hearing things like "It's not the normal indie music that is being churned out these days". But after a listen I realised that it is just that and what these people should have been saying was "It is the normal indie music that is being churned out these days".
Theres nothing special about it. Nothing fresh really.

This may seem like harsh criticism, but i'm not saying it's terrible, just that it's definately not new. If you're happy listening to the wombats and stuff like that, with no real experimentation, then you'll be golden here.
I think that this stems from the fact that I've got an odd taste in music, I started out listening to stuff like this, Oasis, Travis et.c, but eventually I moved to pastures new. I really like experimentation, if it's not a bit different it doesn't last long in my playlists.

To sum up, this is OK, but nothing innovative like the praisers would have you believe.
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