Monday, April 2, 2012

[Listen] Alabama Shakes' Debut Album

It's a grungy rock and blues played back in the 60's. It's Aretha Franklin with a better band that's more focused on the darker parts of life - but in a good way. The Alabama Shakes, which many of you may already know about, is a band based out of, as you would have guessed it, Alabama. The group members understand the preceding description, yet they want their music to reach new areas: 
“Retro soul is not what we’re going for, though it’s understandable why people say it. We take inspiration from that, but we all understand Black Sabbath, too. On the record, we left a lot of room for whatever we want to do in the future.” 
"Boys & Girls," the album and consequently the focus of this feature, is amazing. The band is expanding their potential by challenging critics' opinions, putting it in the form of music, and packaging it up as a 12 song album. This identity seeking album debuts tomorrow exclusively on iTunes, but the Shakes have been kind enough to give us a sneak peak on NPR's First Listen

The band's most popular track, Hold On, has been circulating the internet for a while now and serves as the catalyst for their success. Knowing that, it makes sense that "Boys & Girls" opens with the track. Call it strategy - listener hears a familiar, and most likely favored song first, and the listener is immediately pleased. The only place for the audio experience to go is down right? Nuh uh. Brittany Howard's voice is brilliantly nostalgic, and the band's musicianship is wildly entertaining. This one is a guaranteed top seller for 2012. Treat yourself right today and stream "Boys & Girls" over on NPR's site, then grab yourself a copy tomorrow on iTunes.  

Hold On - Alabama Shakes

Stream "Boys & Girls" HERE
Pre-order the album THERE

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