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November 20, 2011

Saint Jude ~ Diary Of A Soul Fiend

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Style: blues-rock, British
Label: Saint Jude Records
Year: 2010
Home: England

Members: Lynne Jackaman ~ vocals
Adam Greene ~ guitar
Joe Glossop ~ keyboards
Colin Palmer ~ bass
Lee Cook ~ drums

Guest: Ronnie Wood ~ guitar

Don't expect R&B soul cause this debut is actually a magical ride with a lip-curled hair tossing stiletto wearing blues-belter with electric slide guitars, a little honky-tonk piano & grooves to the max. Think Rolling Stones at their rockin' blues best, any era, with Ronnie Wood & Bobby Keys chugging away solos that could come out of the Mississippi swamp with a dynamic vocalist who sometimes shouts & sometimes whispers songs of sexy wild women & dangerous relationships. Actually, I'll confess that the previous description was written before looking at the linear notes that shows some guitar playing is by no other than Ronnie himself! I guess I've listened to him enough to recognize his style ... either that or this is what I've wanted the Stones to sound like so often but have been disappointed by ... the singer ... who tries to have the passion of vocalist Lynne Jackaman but you can't get this feeling in an arena. Jackaman is as vocally dynamic as the band behind her & moves between giving off a vibe of a dangerous beer drinkin' woman to a woman wanting some tender lovin' ... & you'll love her & want to be lookin' at her strut her stuff not just hearing her. Though Jackaman will surely get the attention & the rest of the band needs accolades. Guitarist Adam Greene plays hardcore raw blues but nows how to keep it upbeat & rockin', think Johnny Winter without some of the flash, while Joe Glossop adds both honkey-tonk keyboards, organ. It's just enough touches of classic blues to keep the songs floored in the past but not too much. There's even a horn section & every one knows every hardcore blues band has horns. The guitar may dominate but there's a smart producer behind the band who gives everyone a chance to shine in the spotlight with lots of improvisational room. & if the electric pounding gets to much there's even a couple acoustic tunes with some gentle slide in the slide. In many ways they're a downfall after the rockin' songs but they have a charm all their own. Though a warning should be attached to the album ... you will keep opener "Soul On Fire" on repeat & not even notice you haven't gotten to the rest of the album. Just enough rock & just enough roll to keep you long satisfied.

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