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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0074MZSWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold On
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

Editorial Reviews

2012 debut album from the Athens, Alabama-based outfit. The band was originally formed when lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard approached bassist Zac Cockrell during a high school psychology class and began meeting after school to write songs. Howard and Cockrell experimented with many different styles of music including roots rock, progressive rock, soul music, country music and classic rock.

Please note: Audio distortion in the last minute of Track 1 is intentional.

Customer Reviews

Brittany Howard has an amazing voice!!
I bought this CD when it first came out, and every time I listen to it, I enjoy a new and wonderful nuance.
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Their sound is a bluesy rock jam packed with emotional and at times raspy vocals.

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154 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2012
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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90 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Zarzyczny on May 29, 2012
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By waddaw on August 5, 2012
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" 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 By Artur Talpa on January 3, 2013
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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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