Album Feature: Half the City – St. Paul & the Broken Bones

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“Brother, can I get an ‘amen’? Amen! That’s the sentiment the listener gets after hearing Alabama based sextet St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Influenced by the church, specifically the black gospel tradition in addition to vintage soul, debut albumHalf the City is a legit soul LP in 2014. Soul and the year 2014 seem an unlikely pairing, particularly with the heavy reliance of electronic instruments and autotune, but the relationship proves to be one that’s ‘Simply Beautiful’ as Al Green would put it. St. Paul (aka Paul Janeway) leads the charge of the soul-band, delivering truly amazing, gut-wrenching vocal performances. Unafraid to get ‘down and dirty’ with it, Janeway’s Pentecostal influence coupled with a love for James Brown, translates nearly perfectly on Half the City…” – Brent Faulkner, popmatters.com (See full review here.)