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Boys & Girls

Alabama ShakesVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)

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The story of the Alabama Shakes begins in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama. Brittany Howard, who had started playing guitar a few years earlier, approached Zac Cockrell and asked if he wanted to try making music together. "I just knew that he played bass and that he wore shirts with cool bands on them that nobody had heard of," says Howard.

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  • Vinyl (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0074MZSPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold On Alabama
2. I Found You
3. Hang Loose
4. Rise To The Sun
5. You Ain't Alone
6. Goin' To The Party
7. Heartbreaker
8. Boys & Girls
9. Be Mine
10. I Ain't The Same
11. On Your Way

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149 of 153 people found the following review helpful
By Steve M
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album is so good, the best $5 I have spent in years. I don't normally write reviews on music - music is subjective and you need to listen for yourself to decide, but this album is so different and refreshing from what most are doing right now, I feel compelled to promote it.

Forgive me for the comparison, but this album sounds like Otis Redding and Janice Joplin had a daughter backed up by Duane Allman. 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.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alabama Shakes - Cook up a potent rock 'n' soul stew April 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The unmistakable presence of giant musical ghosts from the past haunt this record. The echoes are everywhere and they suggest the finest of pedigrees. Yet the Alabama Shakes have that extra dimension which is a key feature of all the contenders for the bands that somehow define the moment. They are hot, they are talked about in hushed tones and while there is nothing essentially new to be found on their debut "Boys and Girls" they have taken the familiar and infused it with the brilliant musical feat of making it sound new and original. Anyone listening to the superb debut single "Hold on" will be immediately struck by the homage to the soulful southern stew once concocted in that legendary studio Muscle Shoals in a small northwest corner of the bands home state. Here Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and Bobby Womack created a distinct sound that famous bands like the Rolling Stones and more latterly the Black Keys have sought to replicate. This mix of rock and soul is all over "Boys and Girls" like a rash and the names Otis Redding and Janis Joplin are equally obvious influences. Add to this potent force that the Alabama Shakes have a primary weapon, a sort of musical nuclear option in the form of vocalist Brittany Howard a veritable force of nature and star in the making. Stop what your doing and check out the band on the Net at their now legendary Boston Arms gig in London in February 2012 and above all else seek out their cover of Led Zeppelin's "How many more times". You will be left speechless at the brazen energy which doesn't so much light up the stage as completely own it. Read more ›
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing New Voice May 29, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I first found this band's EP on BandCamp, and I immediately fell in love with the lead singer's voice. She is simply amazing, and most of the songs on their debut album feature her voice with the band just carrying it to greater heights. My five favorite songs on the album in order are: You Ain't Alone, Hold On, I Ain't the Same, Rise to the Sun, and Be Mine, and they are all constantly on repeat in my Ipod. The soul and emotion in her voice should be impossible at her young age, and I can barely wait to hear what else she creates.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel sure the sound is intentional August 5, 2012
By waddaw
Format:Audio CD
I just posted this comment in reply to a negative review and then see that lots of others are bothered by the "poor recording". I just have to say that I feel sure this is by design. Funny that this sound is disturbing to so many people....I felt like a child when I heard it the first time (I am a 56 year old female).....especially the "buzzing"....an immediate and completely involuntary smile hit my face! Like "comfort-food" for my ears. It reminded me of the sound of some of my favorite albums (long b/f CDs) from the 1960s and 70s. Loved it! Loved it! It is intentional, I am sure...and it is showing up on lots of recordings these days. For example, I hear it in the Black Keys music lots of times. Listen to the keyboard on BK......same "old" (not "ole") organ-like sound at times. Sounds like it was recorded in a garage. Would love to know for sure, but I think it must be by design. I think you'd have to "try" to get that sound with
current equipment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live May 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw Alabama Shakes open for Jack White in NYC. They were awesome! Really rocked Roseland Ballroom. I don't get the bad reviews...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This woman can flat out SING! April 12, 2012
By GregE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The best $5 you can spend on music. This is a very organic/bluesy/soulful record. It's Otis Redding returned to earth as a 23 year old female. If you haven't searched out any live recordings or seen them live...do it RIGHT NOW! There's a great performance of "You Ain't Alone" on youtube [...]. Just incredible! You can download their live perfomance at SXSW for free at npr.org. The cd is very good, but this band really shows out live!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut for a Vintage Retro Soul & Blues Band! January 3, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Alabama Shakes is yet another discovery I made in a very fruitful year of 2012!

Having enjoyed Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, I've kinda accidentily stumbled upon this band...I gave it a try and wasn't dissapointed!

They are a band that you'd expect to hear in a good ole coffee-shop or a jazz\blues saloon!

They've got the groove and vibe of the 60s Motown era SOUL, Blues and Rythm & Bass!

The sound of the instruments is very vintage and analog-ish! The vocalist has a kinda Tina Turner meets Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin kinda voice which suits the music PERFECTLY!

Overall I'm pretty much pleased with my purchase, despite the package was very late...

Good quality vinyl and polygraphy, all clean and tidy mint manufactured in the USA + a nice bonus 7" vinyl 45 with 3 additional extra songs and a download code!

For a price like that, I can say it's one of my best buys!

Give it a try, it's a new band, but trust me if you're an OLD SCHOOL SOUL, if you realy dig the 60s stuff, you will absolutely LOVE this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ... so hot of a CD couple of songs are good but over all very boring...
not so hot of a CD
couple of songs are good but over all very boring CD
Published 1 day ago by maynard Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the cd. the quality could be better though. Still, a great CD.
Published 3 days ago by Scott Comer
2.0 out of 5 stars Shaken, should have been stirred.
Ehh... Kinda gets annoying after awhile. Not something you can leave on repeat.
Published 7 days ago by jodyfett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVE this CD. Great group if you like old school RB with edge and contemporary feel.
Published 13 days ago by Jon Celesia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the best!!
Published 17 days ago by movie watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song is excellent on this CD - and now can hardly wait ...
Every song is excellent on this CD - and now can hardly wait for their next CD - Alabama Shakes are fantastic to see in person!!!!
Published 17 days ago by Nancy Turman
4.0 out of 5 stars A different, but familiar sound
Saw them perform on a PBS White House Special. The album lived up to the expectations those two songs set.
Published 27 days ago by George L
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist and just great!
Lordy, it is so nice to be able to listen to great talent like Brittany Howard without her voice and this band produced to vanilla perfection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good songs and some average stuff
A couple of the songs are very strong. One was made into a big hit. But other songs don't really say very much. Just average tunes.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph W.
2.0 out of 5 stars good band but...
I hope the recording quality has improved since this cd. I'm sure I would have enjoyed this cd more it it didn't sound like it was recorded in a ton can. Sad.
Published 1 month ago by Kerry David Adams
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