Half The City
Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet St Paul & The Broken Bones release their acclaimed debut album, 'Half The City,' through Single Lock / Cooking Vinyl Australia!
Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 'Half The City' harkens back to the region's classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.
'Half The City' oozes the best elements of Memphis soul, Muscle Shoals R&B and the Motown experience and lays solid ground for lead singer Paul Janeway's expressive vocals.
Reaching back nearly 50 years to methods employed the great epoch of deep Southern soul, Tanner and the band eschewed studio trickery for an in-the-moment approach during recording sessions at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals. Elaborating on the recording process of 'Half The City' Janeway reveals, "We said, 'we're doing this as old-school as we can.' We did it to tape. We did it live. What you hear is taken from about three takes, and we took the best take. I love it. It's raw. You hear all the scrapes."
Tracks such as "Like A Mighty River," "Don't Mean A Thing" and "Sugar Dyed" overflow with infectious hooks, old school horn arrangements and shout-out-loud choruses which exude sheer joy. The soulful blues of "Torn Up," "Broken Bones" and "Pocket Change" echo back to 1960's Stax, while still sounding like fresh modern soul classics and "Call Me" showcases Janeway's dynamics as well as the rhythm and power The Broken Bones possess.
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 with 'Half The City.'
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||SAINT PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES|
|Music Genre||Rock / Soul / Alternative|
|Music Genre Primary||Pop & Rock|
- 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