Boys & Girlsby Alabama Shakes
Pitched somewhere between the retro-purist vibe of Sharon Jones and the nervy revivalism of Jack White, Alabama Shakes possesses a curious character: they're rooted in the past but it's clear they've learned their moves musicians removed some three or four generations from the source. Instead of playing/a>/a>
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The Alabama Shakes have only been around for a few years. In fact, their lead singer, Brittany Howard, is only 22 years old. Yet, this band plays with the fiery intensity of an Atlantic/Stax group from the late 1960's. And Brittany? Well, some have compared her to Janis Joplin. But she's got the voice of a huskier, smokier Macy Gray and she can play guitar with the best of them. "Boys and Girls" is their first album and if Phil Spector ever got around to making an album of soulful Southern music, it might have sounded like this: a Wall of Sound with thunderous guitars and a bodacious, emotional female singer leading the way. Judging from their material, which they all wrote, Brittany Howard is a very spiritual person. Howard writes and sings of God and hope in the rousing opener, "Hold On" and the touching climax, "On Your Way". Yet, when The Alabama Shakes barnstorm through a Muscle Shoals-type rocker like "I Found You", it's hard to tell if Brittany is singing about God or a boyfriend. Then again, with music this tremendous, it really doesn't matter. Already a contender for one of the best new bands of 2012, The Alabama Shakes, like many of the artists for Daptone Records, are bringing back classic soul music to the masses in a big way. As for Brittany Howard, she's a singer to be reckoned with. But let's not forget about the band.
One of the best bands to come around in years. I'm a big Drive by Truckers fan and these guys (and gal) are right up there with them. Soulful and sincere. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.