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Boys & Girls

Alabama ShakesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 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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  • 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 (514 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286 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.

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141 of 145 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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86 of 99 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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30 of 32 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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12 of 12 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" 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blues In The Raw May 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's great that this genre of music is being kept alive by groups like this. This album is a special glimpse of a performance that may be very different from suceeding efforts. The singer has been compared to many others, and those comparisons are not exactly accurate or fair; they are simply convenient. The overall sound is raw, road-housey, and brash. It may be too raw, too brash and unpolished for some. Yet that is part of its appeal, and perhaps a smoother, more commercial production would blunt the impact and enthusiam of this band.
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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 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 The cd is very good, but this band really shows out live!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reincarnation of a blues great"Janis Joplin"
Now I am not saying that the female singer "Ms Howard" is a direct reincarnation of what Janis woulda/coulda done had she still inhabited the physical world. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Steven I. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Alabama Shakes
I was infected with Alabama Shakes's show on a cable channel. The singer Brittany Howard is unusual these days with a very powerful voice.
Published 9 days ago by Rodney Christofaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift!
This was a cd that was prized by a friend. When I found it on Amazon, I ordered it! The friend just loved it!
Published 11 days ago by Dana Patmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Im Shakin
Another great band to rock out to. Any music lover or liker will dig these tunes too. Recommended highly, especially to a southern-rocker and blues-rock enthusiast.
Published 16 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air!
How often I purchase an album by a new band after hearing a song that I like only to discover the rest of the album to be a let-down. Not the case with the Alabama Shakes. Read more
Published 17 days ago by NOOPS
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul
Great soul music. Gets right back to the roots of things. Sounds completely alive. Great musicality as well. Definitely a good listen.
Published 20 days ago by Ethan Mullenax
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
Love this cd! Their sound is unique and I hope they keep going and continue developing their own style. Their sound is very fresh.
Published 26 days ago by Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
I saw this band first on Saturday Night Live and I just thought how amazing they sounded very very real musicians real instruments playing real singing all of this is real talent... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Nero
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING ALBUM
Boring album.

I listened to it once and then threw it away because I knew I wouldn't ever listen to it again.
Published 1 month ago by sswoods
5.0 out of 5 stars New Band
Great band,great LP. I heard them on the radio, loved the song Hold on. I saw a video of them doing How Many More Times by Led Zeppelin and could not believe how amazing they are!
Published 1 month ago by D. Macleod
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Whats even more outrageous? CD is less than the MP3 version, and the CD includes the MP3s!
Feb 24, 2013 by Cheap Sniveler |  See all 4 posts
What is the song that "Alabama Shakes" sang at the end of SNL 2/16/13?
they sang Always Alright. go to their facebook page and get it for free. it is on the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack only
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