Alabama Shakes: "Don't Wanna Fight"

Credit: Brantley Gutierrez

The alluringly murky production on the Shakes' new cut evokes the kind of schmutz-caked soul 45 you might discover in a rural junk shop that also sells M-80 explosives and candied hog jowls — the perfect funky feel for Brittany Howard's beef-squashing plea. Over a guitar line that recalls James Brown's "Cold Sweat," she shouts and hollers and hits a five-alarm falsetto that would take the Mick Jagger of "Miss You" on a backwoods ride, bending history to her will with a force few singers can match.