I imagine myself as a teenager in the 1960’s, dressed in purple Capri’s and a bright patterned, floral print top. My hair bound in a single, side ponytail by a yellow ribbon and my bangs are pixy short. I lay across my four poster bed complete with pastel pink ruffles, flipping through a 'Teen Magazine' with Paul Revere on the cover. Various albums (The Supremes, Rolling Stones, Doors) are carelessly tossed across the landscape of tangerine colored shag carpet as a record plays in the background… The walls of my bedroom are adorn with images and posters, Jimmy Hendricks, Hair, Martin Luther King Jr., The Beatles, Mother Teresa... As I listen to the music my feet sway to the rhythm, to the beat... of the song…
...That voice, a sound that is similar and unfamiliar at the same time…
Her voice sending chills up my spine, her scream rocks the vibration of my core…
She is a modern day Etta/Joplin, They are a garage band meets Otis Redding…
It is modern day…2012…and the record is the Alabama Shakes. Their sound is a powerful mix of 60’s rock and roll, blues, and Southern soul. Brittany Howard takes the lead with her poignant and intense vocals. Accompanying her are Zac Cockrell (bass), Steve Johnson (drums), and Heath Fogg (guitar). Their album Boys & Girls is an enjoyable, contemporary flashback to a fanatical style of music sadly forgotten.
The overall collection of songs on the album has the tendency to be a little flat for my musical taste…
…what I mean is each song individually is uniquely wonderful but as a compilation lacks variation. The only other tiny… little… miniature… petite flaw is a song called “Goin’ to the Party”… I absolutely adore this song, it’s quirky and right up my alley but it’s missing about 4 minutes of music…way too short!
This is a passionate album, well worth the purchase and the music produce by this band is something to be savored. The Alabama Shakes are defiantly worth "holding on" to...
...I envision myself in black leggings and a comfy grey, organic cotton t-shirt… barefoot… hot pink Nano in hand, dancing freely in the openness of my living room as her voice and their sound echo through my soul.
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