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Diary of a Mad Band

JodeciAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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BEFORE THE SHOW - "Everyone gets in their own little mode. Especially if we've been off the road for a while. Everyone goes on their own. We're a little quiet. We get real touchy - like at soundcheck we might get mad if something doesn't go right. We want everything to be perfect."

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  • Audio CD (December 21, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OQ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Heart Belongs To U
2. Cry For You
3. Feenin'
4. What About Us
5. Ride and Slide
6. Alone - Mr. Dalvin
7. You Got It
8. Won't Waste You - Misdemeanor Of Sista
9. In The Meanwhile - Timbaland
10. Gimme All You Got
11. Sweaty - Mr. Dalvin/Misdemeanor Of Sista
12. Jodecidal Hotline
13. Success

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Much of the thrill of soul balladry is hearing a singer, especially a male singer, overcome the cultural emphasis on toughness and self-sufficiency and confess the most vulnerable of desires. In this hip-hop era of exaggerated toughness, there are greater obstacles to overcome and thus the potential for even more thrilling revelations. DeVante Swing, the mastermind behind the male vocal quartet Jodeci, seizes that potential more than once on the group's new album, Diary of a Mad Band. The group shares the vocal responsibilities, but the credits on nine of the album's 13 tracks read, "Music and Lyrics by DeVante Swing; Vocal arrangement: DeVante Swing; DeVante Swing: All Instruments." Thus the challenge of juggling romantic vulnerability with street credibility comes down on DeVante's 23-year-old shoulders. He fumbles the ball on a few occasions--the dumb, juvenile demands for sex on "You Got It" and "Sweaty"--but more often than not he comes through with soul ballads in the classic mode, revealing the tender heart beneath the thickened skin. The first single, "Cry for You," harkens back to the slow hymns of Jodeci's church backgrounds; the singers promise, "I would get on my knees for you," and the dizzying free fall of the melody underscores the total surrender of the lyrics. The next single, "Feenin'," is a similar confession, but it's juiced up with tape-reverse percussion sounds, a Zapp-like vocorder riff and a gruff lead set against angelic harmonies. Even "Ride & Slide" and "Alone," rather frank sexual propositions, have the good grace to plead rather than demand; they even promise detailed attention to female erogenous zones. At its best, Jodeci is the most promising soul harmony group of the hip-hop generation. --Jeffrey Himes

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a Mad Band - A Classic Album June 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quite possibly the BEST R&B album that ever came out in the 90s. Jodeci were the architects and prototypes of a genre of R&B that eventually mutated into the misguided raunchiness, juvenile bravado and posturing that sadly plagues the airwaves and culture today. It's not their fault that record companies tried to cash in and carbon copy our boys with a wave of one hit wonders and wannabees (many who didn't write their own material or let alone had the ability to sing). Luckily there's a multi-disc CD player in just about every automobile to switch off the radio, so that you can listen to "Alone", "Feenin'", "What About Us" and every other cut on the album. If you don't have Forever My Lady and Diary of a Mad Band - Your CD collection is not complete! Would it be fair to compare Jodeci to the Beatles? Yes, cos' these two albums are true classics and people will be rediscovering them for years to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST JODECI ALBUM April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I brought this album when it first came out and i still play it alot to this day ! .. This is their best album out of the the three .. Songwriting is incrediable, production is mad tight.. This album also introduced two unknows to the world
Missy Elliott and Tim Mosley AKA Timbaland.. Timbaland and Missy cowrote and coproduced tracks on this album.. The rest is history concerning Missy and Timbaland.. Devante Swing is actually the one that started the sound that Timbaland has perfected .. Just put this on and let it play.. it will take you away from My Heart Belongs to You to Feenin to Alone.. The whole album is tight if you missed out on it the first time dont miss out on it this time .. For the Jodeci fans get ready for the reunion comin later in 2000!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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...subtitled "Diary of a Mad Customer Reviewer".
I whole heartedly agree with all the reviewers below. I too still play the heck outta this. Ya'll know I'm a big voco(r)der fan and Devante Swing uses it frequently in his Jodeci productions; and it is also good to hear K-Ci and Jo Jo in their early years burning up the vocal tracks. Here's a little more trivia about the Swing/Missy/Timbaland connection. Devante produced a single by a 'round the way girl group called Sista which featured a young, young Missy Elliott. Now, that IS rare....
Anyway, with the exception of a few of the tracks near the end, this is one of the best CDs of the 90s...everything comes together perfectly and it would be interesting to see a Jodeci reunion of sorts since K-Ci and Jo Jo are still jamming.
Meanwhile, til that happens, we will be feenin' for that unique sound they had.
Well, I won't per se. I still have my copy of "Dairy..."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"Diary Of A Mad Band" is my favorite album by Jodeci. K-ci's voice is sexy and soulful and he be "sangin" his lil butt off! There aren't many groups that compare to Jodeci (maybe Dru Hill). I really miss them and keep hoping for a new album. Until then I will be groovin to this one. Songs like "Feenin", "Gimme all U got" and "Cry for you" are beautiful, but this is a CD you can play all the way through. They don't make music like this any more, and it's a damn shame! I've been a fan since 1992, when I was only 13. I love you K-ci, Dalvin, Jo-Jo and DeVante!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's got me feenin' September 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I recently rediscovered "Diary of a Mad Band," my favorite of Jodeci's three releases. This CD is from the early 90's when hip hop production was just starting to be used by R&B groups. The members of Jodeci had their roots in church, yet they seemed a little dangerous with their bare chests, tattoos and boots. Their music often clashed with their rough appearance. On the intro to 'Cry for You' you hear Devante admitting to feeling worthless without his lady right before K.C. starts pleading for his woman to come back home because "It's been an hour since you've been gone." That mood continues on the next track, 'Feenin,' as Devante tell his woman that all the chronic in the world is no comparison to her because she's the ultimate high. Wow. It's thug love. LOL
Ladies love Jodeci because, like D'Angelo, they meld machismo swagger with tender emotional, sometimes tender, lyrics. They do get kind of raunchy on "Alone," but it's alright with me. These were the soul men for the new generation who could appreciate a Luther Vandross, but yearned for their contemporaries. This CD is back in heavy rotation at my house because there is nothing comparable on the radio. Now that brothers K.C. and Jo Jo have established a successful act together, I wonder if the group will ever reunite. That sure would be nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Re-Open This Diary February 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Jodeci was the complete opposite of Boyz ll Men even if they both came out at the same time in the early 90's of New Jack Swing. While both bands from time to time did some uptempo it were their slow jams that captured people's interest. The thing that differed them most was that Jodeci was indeed a mad band with self confident attitude and recorded several sexually graphic songs while Boyz ll Men were the nice guys of R&B that mosly sang about love and relationships without getting too much into detail. The band was formed by two pair of brothers, Kci & Jojo Hailey and Dalvin & Donald "Devante Swing" DeGrate. The band would sign with Uptown where Diddy was working and he helped shape their sound and style. The plan was to create a new "Guy" and it's obvious that they're like most other bands at the time were influenced by Teddy Riley's trio. shortly after it was time for their debut album Forever My Lady and it was surprisingly successful with several big single hits like the title track, "Stay" and especially "Come Talk To Me" that reached #11 position. Another interesting thing about that album was that DeVante Swing both wrote and produced the music, quite fascinating if you look at how little impact musicians have today when top producer/songwriters are doing all of the job. Thier sophmore effort "Diary of a Mad Band" is slightly better then their debut and while it continues a simular path to their debut it's after that DeVante created "Swing Mob" a collective of artists where Timbaland, Ginuwine and Missy Elliott (that also appears here on "Sweaty") would all become successful artists on their own, thanks to Swing that launched their careers. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent f/u
Excellent follow up to Forever my lady. Listening to it now shows my how i became a romantic. My heart belongs to u is everything...Love this album. 3 Rd time I brought it..
Published 12 days ago by kela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the greatest male groups of our times.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, I love old school music
Awesome, I love old school music.
Published 1 month ago by William Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 1 month ago by domino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I m very big on Jodeci I will be getting some more of their music in the future
Published 2 months ago by Gerald pleasant Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Album
"Diary" is an amazing album and a well deserved follow up for "Forever my lady". I remember getting the cassette on 0Christmas Day '93. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. M. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school hits!
Smooth groove. I think everyone can relate to the lyrics. Feenin, Cry for you and what about us are classics.
Published 7 months ago by Cason
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodeci at it's best
Man oh man. Nothing like the 90's music to get your heart pounding, your feet tapping and your love making. Nothing beats 1990's real R&B groups with real singers.
Published 8 months ago by AllnPttrsn
5.0 out of 5 stars great old school music.
great place to get good music and the cass are in great shape and the price is good to keep it coming.
Published 9 months ago by john dorsey
5.0 out of 5 stars JODECI
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