Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (2012)

Given the intensity of the buzz surrounding Alabama Shakes, it's hard to believe that 'Boys & Girls' is the group's full-length debut. But when they perform together, these players already add up to a picture of dramatic, disciplined intensity: Howard is a disarmingly subtle singer who doesn't merely belt, and the songs she sings often come and go with a jolt. All but two of the 11 songs on 'Boys & Girls' make their case inside of four minutes, making Alabama Shakes the rare blues-rock band that errs on the side of saving its breath and making big songs on a small scale. Next to "Goin' to the Party," which vanishes in less than two minutes, the raging "Be Mine" feels like an absolutely gargantuan epic at four minutes, 15 seconds.

Alabama Shakes
Boys & Girls
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Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (2012)
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1. Hold On
2. I Found You
3. Hang Loose
4. Rise to the Sun
5. You Ain't Alone
6. Goin' to the Party
7. Heartbreaker
8. Boys & Girls
9. Be Mine
10. I Ain't the Same
11. On Your Way
12. Heavy Chevy

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ATO Records
United States
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