Yep-I know-it’s been a ridiculously long time since I posted anything up.Truth be told, I’ve recently been working harder than a whore on tour with the English football team (too much?) but I’ll try and stick up bits and pieces over the weeks ahead.
First up-here’s a reprint of my review of the Alabama Shakes album that ran in Hot Press in March.
Boys & Girls (Rough Trade)
Four and half Stars
Key Track: ‘Hang Loose’
ALABAMA TYPES’ DEBUT IS A HIP-SHAKIN’ CLASSIC
In an era where the world is left without the White Stripes and the Kings Of Leon look increasingly “tired and emotional,” it was really only a matter of time before a similarly soulful bunch of classic swamp rockers stepped in to fill the void and heavily touted act Alabama Shakes do all that and more. Boys & Girls is their debut album and it’s a bluesy, bewitching record that tries a little tenderness before kicking it out the door for some good old fashioned sexed up raunch ‘n’ roll.
Fronted by the soon to be iconic Brittany Howard, the talented performer is arguably our favourite former post-person since a man known only as Pat hung up his mailbag in Greendale and pretty soon people across the globe will be thanking whatever deity they pray to that the singer packed in her day job as she’s got a seriously stellar set of pipes. Equal parts Beth Ditto and Jack White, her croon could put goose pimples on your goose pimples and the heart-sick ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Hang Loose’ are the sound of a group who are destined to soundtrack the ups and downs of the years to come. Bye bye Kings of Leon-it was nice while it lasted.