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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 and 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
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  • Vinyl (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Single Lock
  • ASIN: B00HNR3ZBE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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 groups 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 Whats 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 Jane- ways expressive vocals. "Within ten seconds of hearing Paul Janeways voice - secondhand on a friends cellphone - I was in. The first five was spent in disbelief. I can count on one hand the times thats 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. Thats 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
They say if you wait long enough for a bus then two will come along. This maxim now appears to apply to American Soul Bands. The emergence last year of the Alabama Shakes and their mighty lead singer vocalist Brittany Howard, a veritable force of nature, brought real cheer to those who like their music soulfully stirred and infused with Muscle Shoals devout passion. The owners of Single Lock Records sit in this tradition including John Paul White of the now defunct Civil Wars and Ben Tanner of said Alabama Shakes. In signing St Paul & The Broken Bones it must have felt that Christmas came early. The band hail from Alabama and its six members come fully formed and schooled in the best traditions of the music of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, O V Wright and Al Green. The band however are not mere revivalists. Like the Shakes they are regenerators breathing new life into a timeless tradition that should regularly bang down the doors and demand substantial quality time on the stereo. The lead singer of the band is another surprise package. Indeed Paul Janeway might do for soul what Paul Potts did for opera. He is an unlikely frontman, looking like a mix of Huey Long and Bill Gates yet singing like his black soul heroes with a voice which he should insure for millions. He is a star in the making and once you have heard that voice you are going to return time after time. "Half the City" is the bands debut and in terms of consistency it tops "Boy and Girls" by the Alabama Shakes in terms of sheer joy de vivre and deep down desire.

Play this album to any musical acquaintance and the first astonished words uttered will be "Who the f*** are they"? Check out Janeway's vocal on "Like a Mighty River" with its superb horn backdrop and powerhouse chords and try not to be impressed.
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By Ben on 4 July 2014
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Arrived on time and as described.
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By Ali on 25 Jun 2014
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A great sound. Really ove this album. Would love to see them live. If you likesoul, you'll love this band.
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By Woody on 22 Jun 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Purchased this album on vinyl and what a great album it is. Not the usual sort of thing I would listen to so was very surprised that I liked it so much when I first heard it on Spotify so had to buy it. Well worth listening to.
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A fantastic album from start to finish, highly recommend you give it a try.
Heard them live on radio 2 and the album does not disappoint.
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On first hearing I love the btrass sound associated with southern rythms. the more you play the more it will grow on you
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