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Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame ImpalaAlabama Shakes

Sound & Color

Rough Trade

Apr 23, 2015 Alabama Shakes Bookmark and Share

Back with their second full-length on legendary British imprint Rough Trade, Alabama Shakes have spent the last three years building even bigger, bolder blues riffs than on their 2012 debut, Boys and Girls. Brittany Howard’s incredible vocals still stab at your chest with deadly potency, their southern soul sentiment as powerful as ever. However, there isn’t quite the same immediacy to Sound & Color that its predecessor prided itself on. There are darker elements at work now: relationship maelstroms, devastating heartbreaks, and longing for a significant other. Shit appears to have hit the fan over the last three years for Alabama Shakes, and this is the sound of them trying to deal with it. While it lacks the instant-gratification of Boys and Girls, Sound & Color is nevertheless a prime example of how an old genre can still enthral.


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