Monday, April 23, 2012

New Album: Alabama Shakes 'Boys & Girls"

When it comes to Indie music, I can't get enough of the band Alabama Shakes. Hitting it right and doing it big in their debut album "Boys & Girls", the Alabama Shakes is quickly becoming a new favorite. Their blues-based rock contains just the right combination of swank and soul. It's that rare album that makes you want to sit on a back porch somewhere with a glass of iced tea and just soak in an evening. One of the things I truly enjoy about the band is their music has a strong vintage blues flavor that is all head-nodding, toe-tapping goodness. And this band isn't digital studio cover nonsense. They're amazing musicians to hear live, as evidenced by their huge success at SXSW. 

Lead singer Brittany Howard doesn't just sing, she can sang, I mean belt it out in true-blue feel it from within kinda singing. I love it. Love it, love it! Her uninhibited passion makes each song a powerful display of music, but she never strays from being relatable and down to earth. This band is starting to gain considerable buzz as more and more critiques are jumping on board with their laid back sound. MTV named Alabama Shakes as one of 11 Artists to Watch in 2012.  As with most newer bands, this group still has a lot of styles mixed in with their overall sound as they settle down on their own unique sound. The undertones of their album has influences of rock, soul, roots rock, and even a dash of country. 

"Hold On"

"You Ain't Alone"

"I Found You"

"Boys & Girls"

"Hang Loose"

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