180g Vinyl! Charismatic Frontman Paul Janeway Leads A 2-Man Horn Section And Garage Band Back Line For A Retro-Soul Sound!
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises.
Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the regions classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones have already garnered much attention due to their high-energy live performances, led by charismatic front man Paul Janeway. The group's sweat-soaked, take-no prisoners style has converted many, including Paste Magazine, who named St. Paul & The Broken Bones one of their "2013 Best of What's Next" artists, and NPR Music, who included the album in their "Under the Radar Albums Preview". Half the City oozes with key elements of Memphis soul, Muscle Shoals R&B and the Motown experience, which lay solid ground for Janeway's expressive vocals.
"Within ten seconds of hearing Paul Janeway's voice - secondhand on a friend's cell phone - I was in. The first five was spent in disbelief. I can count on one hand the times that's happened. I admit it took a bit to hear past him. The beautiful thing was that the band was and is every bit as good. The same swagger, conviction, and - dare I say - soul. That's saying something. What sealed the deal was the songwriting, the arrangements, the dynamics - all the things that comes with having been a unit for many more years than they have. And then I experienced them live." - John Paul White
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1. I'm Torn Up
2. Don't Mean a Thing
3. Call Me
4. Like A Mighty River
5. That Glow
6. Broken Bones & Pocket Change
7. Sugar Dyed
8. Half the City
9. Grass Is Greener
10. Let It Be So
11. Dixie Rothko
12. It's Midnight