Remember when I used to post regularly on this blog? Remember when I used to share music too? Awwww. Good times.
The Alabama Shakes new album, Sound & Color was officially released last week and I have been listening to it almost non-stop. It’s rare these days, for me at least, to find an album that I enjoy from beginning to end. People who have been in my car recently ask about the band when they hear it, and I often have a hard time explaining “what kind of music” they are hearing. So let’s address that.
Here’s what people far more qualified than I are saying about the album:
Spencer Kornhaber. The Atlantic
“The experimentalism pays off when it’s executed with the same crazed passion as Howard’s vocals. “Gimme All Your Love” is a two-parter: first comes stop-start thundering, alternating shouts and guitar stabs with lullaby-like interludes.”
Ryan Dombal. Pitchfork
“Sound & Color is not an electronic record. But it is strange and mystical and unexpected—more Houses of the Holy than “Holy Cow”. It’s got past lives and future people, traces of Curtis Mayfield, Erykah Badu, MC5, the Strokes. There’s a song called “Shoegaze” that could find a second home on the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You.”
Kitty Empire. The Guardian
“Its successor, three years in the making, is something else altogether, a record with expanded, kaleidoscopic horizons. So long compared to singers such as Etta James and Janis Joplin, Howard is now channelling Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Erykah Badu.”
And here is “Gimme All Your Love”, performed live at the Alabama Shakes’ most recent visit to SNL:
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Image credit: By Fred Rockwood from Simi Valley, CA (Alabama Shakes) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons