Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Here's an example of what a great band can bring out in an artist. Audra Mae's 2010 debut full-length was a lovely yet downbeat and melancholy offering that introduced what seemed to be a reflective, rootsy folk singer with a love of all things Appalachian. Two years later she bursts out of the gate on the follow-up's opening salvo, declaring "baby I'm coming/better ready yourself/be looking for me 'cause I'm the real thing" with the declarative gum-snapping intensity of a Wanda Jackson in her prime. The guitar, bass, and drums lay down an energized backbeat as Mae whips up a sexy lather on a rockabilly rave-up that'll slap you in the face. Kudos to the appropriately named...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Here's an example of what a great band can bring out in an artist. Audra Mae's 2010 debut full-length was a lovely yet downbeat and melancholy offering that introduced what seemed to be a reflective, rootsy folk singer with a love of all things Appalachian. Two years later she bursts out of the gate on the follow-up's opening salvo, declaring "baby I'm coming/better ready yourself/be looking for me 'cause I'm the real thing" with the declarative gum-snapping intensity of a Wanda Jackson in her prime. The guitar, bass, and drums lay down an energized backbeat as Mae whips up a sexy lather on a rockabilly rave-up that'll slap you in the face. Kudos to the appropriately named Almighty Sound, who rightly gets co-credit, for goosing her into this whirlwind whose resemblance to the retiring chanteuse of the previous release is but a vague memory. Or perhaps some of the sassy qualities of co-producer/occasional songwriter Deana Carter "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" rubbed off on her. It's probably a combination of both, but Mae's newfound confidence, especially on swaggering rockers such as the playful "My Little Red Wagon" and the sizzling "Smokin' the Boys" "taking a drag and making some noise", driven by a tough walking standup bassline and a reverbed guitar out of the Link Wray handbook makes her a convincing and credible frontwoman who stands toe-to-toe with any leather jacketed tough guy. She even brings a frisky B-52's "Love Shack" rumble to "Jebidiah Moonshine's Friday Night Shack Party," the album's most lighthearted moment. The mood slows somewhat for barroom weeper "Old Italian Love Songs" and the lovely, touching closer "Two Melodies," an example of how effective her voice is in a less aggressive setting. But the majority of these 11 gems are raw, stomping roots rockers played by a terrific band that announces Audra Mae as a talented, inspired newcomer who has largely shaken off the dark, often ominous singer/songwriter introspection and is ready to explode into the spotlight she clearly deserves to bask in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Side One Dummy
  • UPC: 603967146820
  • Catalog Number: 71468
  • Sales rank: 53,012

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound Primary Artist
Audra Mae Indexed Contributor, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joel Shearer Electric Guitar
Deana Carter Percussion, Background Vocals
Blair Sinta Drums
Jodie Schell Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Laughs, Tambo Drums
Jarrad Kritzstein Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Ginsberg Percussion, Vocals, Upright Bass
Frank Pedano Organ, Piano, Vocals, Vibes
Chelsea Butts Percussion, Background Vocals
Brent Kyle Percussion, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dan Wilson Composer
Joel Shearer Engineer
Deana Carter Composer, Producer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Julian Emery Composer
Lucian Piane Composer
Jackie Tohn Composer
Jes Hudak Composer
Jim Irvin Composer
Audra Mae Composer, Producer
Jarrad Kritzstein Composer, Engineer, Pre-production Engineer
Zak Waters Composer
Allen Stone Composer
Joe Ginsberg Composer, Music Direction
Chelsea Butts Composer
Brent Kyle Artwork
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