Sound & Color [Clear Vinyl] (LP)


Alabama Shakes

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Amoeba Review

Chelsea Nenni, Hollywood 09/18/2015

The first time I heard Sound & Color, I listened to it three times in a row. From the funky bassline in “I Don’t Wanna Fight” to the punk rock thrash of “The Greatest,” Alabama Shakes have managed to make another perfect record.


04/20/2015

Alabama Shakes’ meteoric rise thankfully hasn’t tarnished what made them special to begin with. Sound & Color is an assured follow-up to Boys & Girls, further defining the band’s garage-blues sound without just relying on singer/guitarist Brittany Howard’s explosive voice to carry the show. The title track features some gorgeous harmonies and orchestral touches that start the album off in a classy way. But Sound & Color quickly proves gritty, as Howard’s banshee wail rips open first single “Don’t Wanna Fight.” “Dunes” is a deep, weird Beatlesesque track that finds Howard struggling to maintain her identity among rising fame (this one has “fan favorite” written all over it). Although it’s pretty obvious how powerful Howard’s voice can be, it reveals new shadings across the album, vacillating between a sweet coo and penetrating cry on the celestial funk of “Future People” and curling into a wild croon and big belt on “Gimme All Your Love.” About that voice—it’s impressive for sure, and Howard and co. have figured out when and where to unleash it, marking the biggest improvement the band has made. When the band does let loose on tracks like garage burner “The Greatest,” the results are all the more sublime. It’s rare when a band can capitalize on hype without succumbing to it as Alabama Shakes have; rarer still that they can avoid the sophomore slump with such aplomb. Alabama Shakes succeed with flying colors on their second outing.  



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes 03:02
2.
Don't Wanna Fight
Alabama Shakes 03:52
3.
Dunes
Alabama Shakes 04:17
4.
Future People
Alabama Shakes 03:21


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Gimme All Your Love
Alabama Shakes 04:03
2.
This Feeling
Alabama Shakes 04:28
3.
Guess Who
Alabama Shakes 03:15
4.
The Greatest
Alabama Shakes 03:49
5.
Shoegaze
Alabama Shakes 02:59


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Miss You
Alabama Shakes 03:47
2.
Gemini
Alabama Shakes 06:35
3.
Over My Head
Alabama Shakes 03:51

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