St. Paul and the Broken Bones- Half the City
This had to be one of the most unexpected albums to occur in 2014. Everything about St. Paul and the Broken Bones is just so over the top, exaggerated and simply beautiful that it really doesn’t make sense that it was made in the genre it was and by the man who did it all. Paul Janeway just exudes confidence and swagger with the way he belts his lyrics to the world and the way his sultry voice overpowers even the excellent horn section he employs to back his wild abandon of his singing. He seems like he would be some hunk of a guy, Elvis looking and acting. He in fact is nothing like that, just a simple guy full of passion and a love of music. The way he loses himself in his singing is reminiscent of Robert Plant and to hear his desire and emotion coalesced with this R&B/ jazz/ blues/ rock fusion is a wonderful surprise. Normally the instruments lead the way, but not for St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Janeway is the true heart and soul of this band and their music. His feeling he empties into his music is unparalleled this year and just hearing his shriek brings goose bumps to my skin. Not to mention everything they are doing is just such a refreshing way to look and hear blues music and it is the perfect way to gather new fans to a genre that is now overlooked constantly even though it is the true backbone of most popular music today. It is a groovy album, a fun album but above all, an album to listen to when you just want to scream your head off for no good reason at all.