Wednesday, August 13, 2014

St. Paul and the Broken Bones -- Half the City

I'm not sure if St. Paul and the Broken Bones really need a boost from me, but here it is. I first read about them in American Songwriter -- they were featured literally right next to John Moreland, so I figured they were doing something right. It took me a little longer to actually see them in action. I think that's what you need to do right now.

Compatriots of the Alabama Shakes, these guys know how to kick it. While the Alabama Shakes' initial EP (I've never been crazy about Boys and Girls, to be honest) reminded us of the healing power of soul music, St. Paul and the Broken Bones reminds us of its ability to make you want to take your pants off.

The first two songs of the album start as off with a slow wash of brass before building up to "Call Me," the lead single off the album. However, in my view, "Half This City" is the most arresting track on the album (please refer to the earlier comment about pants.) The band recorded this album as a first and last attempt to make it bag, and boy am I glad it worked. This blog is all about music that's made by people who couldn't breathe without it -- and that passion is clearly in evidence here.

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