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St. Jude

Courteeners

2008

St. Jude
Album Summary

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St. Jude is the debut studio album by English rock band the Courteeners, released on 7 April 2008 by Polydor Records. Although the album was released to mixed reviews from critics, it has become a somewhat cult success. St. Jude is an indie rock album that takes aspect of bands from Manchester: the attitude of Oasis; the production work of the Smiths, who Street previously worked with; and the jangle pop and psychedelic elements of the Stone Roses. It is named after Christian saint Jude the Apostle, while celebrity culture serves as a reoccurring topic throughout it. Discussing his lyrical approach, Fray said: "I don't really think about it, to be honest. [...] I used to love English in school and I was always writing. I'm quite observational as well, which comes from just being nosey". He added that he wrote several of the tracks while working at a Fred Perry store on Police Street in Manchester. The album's sound has been compared to a British iteration of Kings of Leon, as exemplified by "Kings of the New Road", as well as Arctic Monkeys and the Libertines.

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Rating

3.11

Votes

56

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Tue May 07 2024
3

British enough I wouldn't be surprised if it made it into future editions of the book.

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Tue May 07 2024
3

Not too bad but I'm pretty tired of UK sounding stuff at this point. 3/5.

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Sun May 12 2024
3

All indie music from this time sounded exactly like this!

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Sun May 19 2024
2

We have Arctic Monkeys at home

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Thu May 09 2024
4

Has a strong Fratellis vibe. Great Indie British late 2000s sound.

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Tue May 07 2024
3

Not a bad record, but totally mediocre and not any different from all those British 00's bands that tried to sound like Arctic Monkeys.

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Tue May 07 2024
3

This was really nice and energetic.

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Tue May 07 2024
3

I liked this, but I did not feel it had a needed slot in the list for me.

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Wed May 08 2024
3

One of the great virtues of the list is the blacklight on my simple enjoyment of this brand of music. Certainly, the Arctic Monkeys follow through on the promise of the beginning better, but the blend ends up perfectly rocking. A little shiny-atavistic turn, fair fair.

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Wed May 08 2024
3

Serviceable rockalong jams but kind of low on variety throughout.

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Fri May 10 2024
3

I liked this, but I also feel like it sounds like sooooo many other bands. 3 stars.

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Tue Jun 04 2024
3

Typical UK indie of the 2000s sounding like Libertines and Arctic Monkeys with shades of Smiths and early James. Probably got caught up amongst the other similar bands of the time, but not bad.

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Sun May 26 2024
2

This was a typical 2000s British indie rock album. It owes most of its sound to the early 2000s British alternative scene with influences from Britpop and New Wave. The lyrics felt very forced to me. There were some very clunky rhymes that took away from the songs. Overall, nothing here stood out as new or groundbreaking.

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Tue May 07 2024
1

They do not have a great vocal voice and yet their vocals are too high for the music, which makes the songs tired or dull.

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