Review: Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes

"Boys & Girls" by Alabama ShakesAlabama Shakes’ debut release is a throwback to the bluesy yet electric rock of the 60s and 70s, with vocalist Brittany Howard slinking her way through all those influences – a bit of Joplin, a bit of Creedence Clearwater Revival, maybe a bit of Aretha – effortlessly. But while throwbacks are good, I’m not sure Boys & Girls is particularly engaging: it felt like a history lesson more than something I must peruse. Granted, these guys are new, and at this rate I’ll never get to watch them live (apparently they’re really good on stage) so let’s just say they’re just taking baby steps. It is a promising debut – first single “Hold On” never fails to make me jump – and I’m hoping they really find their ground in the future. | 3/5

3 thoughts on “Review: Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes

  1. I really enjoyed our review and agreed you with a lot!

    Perhaps I enjoyed the record a bit more than you but i agree that they really haven’t found themselves which doesn’t make it as memorable as it could be.

    Would love it if you checked out my review!

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