Apr 22, 2015

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)

If there were a prize for biggest development between albums, then Alabama Shakes would surely be 2015’s most triumphant band. This is not to say that their debut Boys & Girls wasn’t a strong debut, just that in terms of sound and tempo it risked being a little too tightly focused, perhaps even one dimensional in its southern rock and soul roots. True to its title, Sound & Color finds a much wider range of textures and contexts for Brittany Howard’s expressive belter of a voice, with impressive variations in pace, delivery and style. Part of this is no doubt due to having found an empathetic and creative producer in Blake Mills, himself an excellent songwriter and guitarist.


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