Alabama Shakes, Boys and Girls
Available April 10th
On their first full-length album, the North Alabama quartet live up to the reputation they've built on the strength of a Southern soul-drenched EP and their raucous live shows. Singer Brittany Howard unleashes her rafter-shaking pipes on highlights like "Be Mine" and "I Ain't the Same" – classic R&B stomps that could've rolled out of nearby Muscle Shoals circa 1971. And the Shakes stretch out their sound on "On My Way," a haunting, Kings of Leon-ish rocker. "We've got country influences, rockabilly, gospel, indie-rock," says Howard. "We're not just into doing retro-soul. We obviously love that music, but we want people to know we have more to give."
Watch Alabama Shakes perform 'I Ain't the Same'.