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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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

BBC Review

When Alabama Shakes played at London’s Boston Arms in February, the media played up Russell Crowe’s attendance. But more prescient and thrilling was the sweaty audience dancing their nads off and, at the after-party, singer Brittany Howard throwing herself around to 20th Century Boy. The Shakes cover T. Rex’s glam boogie as part of their reclaiming of a spirit descended from classic blues, R&B and rock’n’roll, as witnessed by other covers including Otis Redding and AC/DC cuts. This vintage fusion has been nailed by a quartet barely out of their teens and has been hotly anticipated since the band broke cover, touring with Drive-By Truckers in 2011 after the alt-country crew fell in love with the Shakes’ song You Ain’t Alone.

A treacly soul-blues jam, You Ain’t Alone is a prime example of Howard’s prowess, her voice sounding as if it’s been richly BBQ-ed, like a raw ingénue at the court of Queens Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Her charisma doesn’t stop at the music: Hold On’s "Bless my heart / Bless my soul / Didn’t think I’d make it to 22-years-old" is a fantastically arresting start to any record. Lyrics are route-one effective throughout, as you’d expect from an album called Boys & Girls, but the Shakes are not one-dimensional; they’re a tightly coiled slice of primal southern soul, usually stamped ‘Memphis, Tennessee’, but four hours east in the band’s homeless of Athens, Alabama – reached via the legendary town of Muscle Shoals – is spitting distance as far as music is concerned.

Talking of spit, drummer Steve Johnson comes from a punk/metal background, and guitarist Heath Fogg has that indie outlook even if his chops are more Peter Green. Bassist Zac Cockrell, meanwhile, looks like the ghost of Little Feat’s chunky Lowell George has invaded his young body, down to the beard and flat cap. Green and George’s dextrous love of southern Americana is mirrored in the ramshackle sinews of I Found You and Hang Loose’s Creedence groove, but Be Mine is molten like Joplin and her Big Brother (and the) Holding Company, and Carl Perkins’ influences is hereabouts too. It’s R&B, but not as Rihanna knows it.

Russell Crowe may not be a barometer of taste, but if Alabama Shakes aren’t the feel-good hit of the summer festivals, this writer will eat his flat cap.

--Martin Aston

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on 25 April 2012
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LateLifeCrisis on 30 May 2012
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I read previous reviews before buying, but although many suggest this is too refined compared to their live performances, I thought it was worth a try.
Brilliant album - really gets in the groove - different to live performances of course, but it still has a lot of power and great great soul. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 4 May 2012
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Alabama Shakes are one of the current 'next big thing' bands and with justification. I have a different view, however, on what is good and bad about this album to most of the other reviewers here. I haven't heard them live (I did see them on 'Later'), so I can't make that comparison. My feeling is that 'Boys and Girls' is a display of promise which is largely unfulfilled here, but not because of the production. It is actually a very live sounding album, right down to the guitar hum.

As yet, however, they just don't have the songs. The first three are outstanding and if you're one of those cherry-picking downloaders, they are the ones you'll take. The rest is middling stuff. The songs are simple and with titles such as 'Be Mine' might easily have been selected from a packet of love hearts. The band's strength is in their impassioned execution. My one complaint in that area is that Brittany Howard hams it up too much at times, not, thankfully, in a Mariah Carey way, but her agonies often completely obscure what she's singing.

Meanwhile, the superb 'Hang Loose' sounds like Creedence Clearwater Revival at their peak; it's the deep drum and hollow guitar sound that does it. The resemblance crops up all over the place. The slower 'You Ain't Alone', which starts promisingly, and the title track, however, sound like the same soul cliche lifted from the 1960s. On the whole, it's an album worth hearing, but I don't think Alabama Shakes have satisfied expectations yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
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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