Here it is folks, my favorite album of 2014 so far: St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ debut full-length album, Half the City. This six-member Birmingham ensemble plays a vintage brand of gritty, bluesy, brassed up soul with a sound so authentic you’ll think it was recorded decades ago. I cannot overstate how spectacular this album is, it should be required listening to qualify as human.
Lead singer Paul Janeway’s exquisite, gut-wrenching voice falls somewhere between Otis Redding and Mike Hucknall, and the band puts modern Garage Rock energy into their classic soul instrumentation.
“I’m Torn Up,” “Don’t Mean a Thing,” “That Glow,” “Dixie Rothko” and “It’s Midnight” are the stand out tracks, but the entire album is truly mind-blowingly magnificent.