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Apr 17, 2012
We all have different tastes in music, but it seems that just about everyone is on the same page when it comes to the Alabama Shakes. The buzz started with the September 2011 release of their debut EP, and with the release of their full-length album this week it's sure to continue.
Maybe my favorite thing about the frenzy surrounding this band is that it seems to be completely organic. Sure they've got a bit of a label push behind them, but they were already gaining huge word-of-mouth success before joining ATO Records. In September of last year the group recorded a 7" with Jack White at his Third Man Records studio. It's no surprise that this was a good match; the Shakes' sound draws from the same rootsy blues that White so often points to as his own inspiration. Their song "You Ain't Alone" could almost be a cover of a classic '30s blues tune, but they're as original as they come. And "Hold On," their lead single, has nearly perfected decades of the folk/blues/pop hybrid.
The group released their album Boys and Girls last week. Like the buzz surrounding them, it's Character Approved.
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