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The Week’s Release: 4/9-4/15

This week was host to releases from Alabama Shakes, Dinosaur Feathers, M. Ward and The Lumineers.

Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes

As the name suggests, Alabama Shakes hail from Alabama, Athens, AL to be specific. Consisting of Brittany Howard, Heath Fogg, Steve Johnson, Zac Cockrell, the quartet plays a combination of southern rock, soul and blues.  Forming back in 2009, the group began after Howard began meeting and writing songs with Cockrell in high school after class.  Boys & Girls is the groups first studio album.

With a set of pipes that words can’t describe one of Alabama Shakes’ greatest strengths is definitely Howard’s incredible vocals. Her vocal stylings fit perfectly with the classic blues rhythms that dominate Boys & Girls’ tracks. Bringing new life to the blues/rock hybrid, Alabama Shakes definitely succeeded with their recent release. 8.5/10

What the Critics Say:

“From here on out, it’s safe to assume they’re not just a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears rookies and are, quite possibly, the new faces of modern blues-rock.” – Chris Coplan of Consequence of Sound (3.5/5)

“Boys And Girls is a wild album, an honest collection visibly drenched in blood, sweat and tears. It’s more emotion than revival, more soul than renewal. In this way, Alabama Shakes produced something entirely their own, a fierce, daringly revealing diary of sorts.” – Denise Iu of Pretty Much Amazing

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