The Mark of Excellence

Alabama Shakes

Boys & Girls

> > Mar 25 2012

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
By Jason SchneiderBrittany Howard has one of those voices that could persuade a person to do anything. It's a voice that countless other Southern soul singers have possessed, infused with faith in a higher power and consequently, faith in humanity. Howard and the three other impossibly young members of Alabama Shakes shouldn't be able to make music as soulful as what's contained on this debut album, but from the opening vamp of "Hold On," the band demonstrate that they have read (in a manner of speaking) Otis Redding's Dictionary of Soul cover to cover. Formed just two years ago in tiny Athens, AB, the quartet have quickly risen, thanks in large part to Howard's undeniable natural talent. Although a classic shouter, nothing about her delivery is forced. The same goes for the feeling she has leading the group. Her dynamics are impeccable on every track, especially "Be Mine" and "I Ain't The Same," which build to glorious revival tent climaxes. Like every great soul singer, Howard has trademark phrases, and the several occasions where she drops a slurred "sweet baby" are heart melting. The rawness of the band puts them in a different category than other soul revivalists like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, but the visceral quality of Boys & Girls gives Alabama Shakes an edge.

Read an interview with Alabama Shakes here.
(ATO/Fontana North)
GET IT!
Folk & Country RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
Be the first to comment
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Jian Ghomeshi's Former Band Moxy Früvous Issue Statement Following Sex Abuse Allegations, Police Begin InvestigationNEWS: Jian Ghomeshi's Former Band Moxy Früvous Issue Statement Following Sex Abuse Allegations, Police Begin Investigation
  2. U2 Don't Understand the Appeal of Neutral Milk Hotel's NEWS: U2 Don't Understand the Appeal of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Strange Hippie Stuff"
  3. Beefs 2014: Anderson Cooper and Billy Corgan Get into a War of WordsNEWS: Beefs 2014: Anderson Cooper and Billy Corgan Get into a War of Words

Latest Issue: Nov 14 Issue