The Word On... Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls

  • @larry_ryan


"A near perfect blend of blues and rock'n'roll... It's an album you can listen to over and over again, and still somehow marvel at the familiar voice of Brittany Howard every time. 'Boys & Girls' is more than a debut album. It's an introduction to a band you thought you knew for years, but are just fortunate enough to meet now."

"Reveals [their] limitations along with its considerable potential... Removed from the raised stakes of sweaty clubs and music festivals, [they] begin to fade into the ranks of like-minded traditionalists, from Tennis to M Ward."

"Alabama Shakes's politeness and overly-earnest approach to their music robs it of the very feel that should be at its heart. Prepare to be underwhelmed by its forthcoming ubiquity."