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Boys & Girls [CD]

Alabama Shakes Audio CD
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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 (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B00703J38K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Be Mine 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Ain't The Same 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
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Alabama Shakes' debut UK shows at the Boston Arms look set to go down in folklore. In the space of 6 months the band have gone from day jobs in the Alabama post service and local nuclear plant to the hottest band on the planet. This is set to become the must have record of 2012 - get ready people, cos bands like this don't come around very often.

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Debut 2012 album! Gutsy blues-rock 'n' swampy garage-soul fromthe Deep South, for fans of Tina Turner and The Bellrays. Includes "Hold On".

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Wheels Keep On Turning 25 April 2012
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Another soulful presence joins the retro resurgence of 60s sounds, with Alabama Shakes and singer Brittany Howard's offering of Joplinesque vocals and Otis Redding timings, the latter sound echoed on 'You Ain't Alone' by the fine guitar work of Heath Fogg. Their live sound - seen on last night's 'Later....with Jools' - isn't fully captured on the album, especially the guitar licks Fogg played with such character on that session.

Opener 'Hold On' has a little of Creedence Clearwater ghosting in its rhythmic underbelly, Fogg again providing the subtle layers, and Howard's vocal is at one of its strongest efforts here. Title track 'Boys and Girls' gives Howard a slower showcase for her broader depth and tone, and those soul roots dig in deep on this gentle track. 'Be Mine', played on last night's 'Jools', is a favourite already, Fogg pleasing with his funky picking, and Howard pushes herself to emotive heights - it's a raucous climb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Having heard this band a fair bit on 6 Music, we just had to get the album. And what a great album. Funky, ear catching tunes with a unique style that grab the attention. From the opening jangly guitar of Hold On, that leads us into a distorted yet clear as a bell vocal, I was hooked. With the standard tales of love and loss, such as the rocky I Found You and the intense Heartbreaker, this doesn't break new ground in terms of songwriting, but it does deliver a layered, mature sound with some real depth to it. It's catchy, intense, foot tappingly good, and currently is rarely out of my CD player. A great start for this group, I look forward to hearing more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD 16 May 2012
By Tinks
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Brilliant music! I loved this CD I have listened to it over and over. I would happily recommend this CD
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Album 11 April 2012
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Just played the album through and must say I am pretty impressed with it . They are a young band and this is their first venture into recording and it has to be said that they make a good job of it .Brittany Howard has a great soulful set of vocal chords and the rest of the band play with a tightness that belays their youth . Heath Fogg's lead guitar playing warrants special mention and the the bass and drums lay a solid foundation to all the tracks .
Their live shows are alledged to be pretty awesome and this CD should lead a lot of people to their shows .
All in all any fan of Southern Rock should be happy to shell their loot out to hear this band on CD or in person .Four Stars .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bless my soul... 31 Dec 2012
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Once in a while, an album that justifies all the hype comes along. Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes' first album, is such a beast. A mixture of soulful, understated, echo-laden rock with singer Brittany Howard's timeless vocals providing the spellbinding focus of the music, this Alabama foursome are the real McCoy. Delivering her lyrics with passion, a world-weariness that one in her early twenties has no right to possess and the ballsy confidence of someone with utter belief in her material, she really does, rightly or wrongly, steal the show. This is far from a perfect début, but there are enough top quality songs to stamp their mark on the music scene and make the album, as a whole, a thoroughly enjoyable and frequently thrilling experience. Without a doubt, "Hold On" is the best thing on offer here and, although it's absolutely brilliant, you have to question the wisdom of putting their most astonishing song on first. However, perseverance rewards and tracks such as "I Found You", "Hang Loose", "You Ain't Alone", "Heartbreaker" and "Be Mine" reveal themselves to be strong contenders for everybody's second favourite cut on the album. I'd recommend Boys & Girls for any lovers of passionate, heart-felt soul with a rougher edge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first album!
First album and what a goody. Talented musicians, great vocals, great songs. One of those bands that you just come across and think 'why haven't I heard more of this band?'. Read more
Published 4 days ago by obol
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bluesy sound
Lead singer has a fantastic voice. The songs are mostly strong but there is a bit of sameiness. Recommended
Published 20 days ago by Ms F
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I picked this CD after hearing them play in Hyde Park last year - really love it and play it over and over.
Published 1 month ago by LindaT
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb band
This is a truly great band. Was slightly put off by reviews saying they did not capture anything near their live performances however this is a brilliant album - only complaint... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it! It's fantastic
Awesome band live saw them at latitude and I was hooked.
The album does NOT dissapoint It just leaves you wanting more!
Published 3 months ago by crazycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Such a great happy album. Good old fashioned blues and rock. Great vocals build to an exciting crescendo on most tracks. Recommend.
Published 4 months ago by J. Singleton
4.0 out of 5 stars super cd
a very well produced cd by a first time band into the market. Great production all round into the bargin
Published 5 months ago by Richard Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars got it on repeat
alabama shakes is an album you will not regret buying, every song is worth every last penny you spent on the CD and then more. i can see myself listening to her for years to come
Published 5 months ago by bradleyb10
4.0 out of 5 stars more blues, you say
lots of bands playing the blues nowadays, but this is quite individual, she has a stunning vocal range, (Brittany I think she's called), and it compliments the tunes well
Published 6 months ago by martie t
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
After hearing them on Jules Holland I just had to buy this album. I love it and play it loud!
Published 6 months ago by Min
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