Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

13. Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes stayed true to their name and shook things up with their Southern-fried blend of blues, rock and soul on 2012 debut Boys & Girls, and they've done it again with this year's Sound & Color. Even with more elements added to the mix, including strings, electronic drum textures and a small vocal chorus, the Shakes continue to swiftly handle all their chosen genres, largely due to Brittany Howard's powerful, emotive vocals, which provide a clear focal point among the expansive instrumentation.

Don't let the monochrome cover fool you; Sound & Color covers a vast expanse of sonic territory, and further cements the Shakes as one of today's most inventive rock groups.
Matt Bobkin