Perhaps it's a matter of timing, the number and profile and intensity of the gigs the band has played in recent months solidifying their groove to a degree that outstrips what they were capable of throwing down on tape this time last year. Or maybe it's the production-- a little muddled, and not always in the cozy, old-school way they may have been going for.
So many bands get churned out of the hype machine seeming either too fully formed or too ephemeral to get attached to, but Alabama Shakes have sparked, in me at least, a degree of ownership, and one that urges, "work with Jack White. Alabama Shakes debut album and its the best. Love their energy and sound. Hope they have a long long career!!!!
Alabama Shakes has crafted and incredibly rich and soulful album. The Blues and Classic Rock vibe gives the album a core. The vocal talents by Alabama Shakes has crafted and incredibly rich and soulful album.
The vocal talents by Brittney Howard are to be commended, since the Janis Joplin like growls and undertones gives the loudest and softest lyrics unparalleled character. Highlights include the soft and rising "You Ain't Alone" that offers not only simple and hard hitting lyrics, but a good insight on the vocalist. As well as "I A'int the Same" that is a pulse pounding rock thriller.
All in all this is an incredibly well crafted and lively introduction into the rising rock stars that are Alabama Shakes. A long awaited return to rock 'n roll.
Truly meaningful rock with raspy, heart-wrenching vocals. You'll be craving more and more with each track. What we get here is a bluesey rock record with a big swig of deep American south attitude. When I first heard the track "Hold On" I thought it What we get here is a bluesey rock record with a big swig of deep American south attitude.
I have to say, I do like most of the tracks on this record but the lead single Hold On is the best track on it for me. Which is the best thing that can happen to any band, isn't it? I made way more money at the power plant than I have yet playin' music. People say it's early days, but sitting here in Brittany's dad's trailer, we are reminded how early some days are. And yet, Alabama Shakes are the most talked-about new band in the world. Conan came calling. Jack White had them over to his place.
Robert Plant turned up at a show. They're people too. There is a bang and a crunch as Brittany reverses her car. Nobody can see the dog any more. Right about the time Brittany is reversing the car — that her dad was planning to sell — into a tree, and her dog is sleepily emerging from its kennel to see what the noise is, tragically, 2, miles away, Whitney Houston is being found dead in the bathtub of an LA hotel.
It says somewhere in the big book of cliche that we will thus link or compare the two women somehow, or suggest that a mantle has been passed, them both being great American voices and all. But we won't because we're busy listening to one of the most exciting frontwomen of recent times on the phone to her dad, trying to convince him to sell her the car at daughter rates before he finds out about the accident, while we stand beside the interstate eating what could well be the best burrito in the States.
She should be listened to, she speaks the truth. Alabama Shakes. The Independent. Archived from the original on July 20, Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 4, Retrieved June 29, Rolling Stone. April 9, Retrieved Archived from the original on October 5, Retrieved May 4, Official Charts Company.
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Brittany Howard's vocals are flat out amazing - thank god she didn't end up singing American Idol generica, I am sure there are producers who would have loved to snap her up and steer her that way. Please listen to this album, buy it, tell your friends - that's the only way to keep this kind of music going. The album's first track, "Hold On" is, in my humble opinion, the only track with a radio-friendly hook, so I don't expect any other tracks will get much air-time, but here's hoping.
I am old, and I have way too many CDs. Yet I buy new ones weekly, and when I listen to them, I wonder why. Even if they are really good, they'll never crack my play list, and after a while, they will be forgotten. Then, along comes Alabama Shakes, to remind me of why I buy new music: So I don't miss something like this. On the first listen, I knew I'd be playing this disk over and over for the remainder of my days. With all these recognizable influences, the songwriting still manages to be fresh.