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“Waves” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones

-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When an artist I love releases a new album, I always try and listen to it completely — start to finish, sometimes in one sitting. But occasionally, life happens. Maybe you forgot to listen to it. Or you zone out in the middle of listening to it and don’t really process how good the album really is. Or in some cases, you overlook an incredible song. That’s what happened to me with this song.

“Waves” falls right smack dab in the middle of the track list at number eight. Amid songs infused with jazz, gospel, rock and blues, “Waves” stands out as a conglomeration of each. At 3:34 minutes, the song layers a backing choir with an undeniably contagious beat, broken only by Paul Janeway’s remarkable vocals.

Roots N Blues alums St. Paul and the Broken Bones are possibly one of the most consistent bands out there right now. Sure, they only have two albums. But they didn’t succumb to the “sophomore slump” with their second release, “Sea of Noise.” This 15-song work is jam-packed with music that rivals their first album, the self-released “Greetings from St. Paul and The Broken Bones.”

“Waves” is the kind of song that makes you start it over again, just as the final chords ring out. It’s the kind of song that gets stuck in your head all day until you finally play it aloud. It’s the kind of song that makes your fingers tired from clicking “share” over and over again on Spotify as you send it to all your music-loving friends. It’s good, to say the least.

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