Sound & Color

Sound & Color

by Alabama ShakesAlabama Shakes


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On their 2012 debut Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes never hid that they were creatures of the New South -- a band with old-fashioned blues, soul, gospel, and country in their blood but raised on modern rock. On their 2015 follow-up, Sound & Color, they free themselves from the vestiges of the past, let loose, and push themselves further in either direction. This could've resulted in a disjointed record pulling itself in two opposing directions, but the mess of Sound & Color is invigorating, likely because the album uses its title as a creed. Where Boys & Girls sometimes seemed a shade austere -- the band took pains to color within the lines, almost as if to convey their good taste -- Sound & Color bursts with oversaturated hues so vivid they seem almost tangible. Such deep digressions into shade and light accentuate both the group's roots and modernity, but the very fact that they chase after such bold, elastic sounds signals they're hardly a throwback. Plus, the group's attack is muscular here: there's a strong, boundless funk to "Don't Wanna Fight," but there's a similar power behind the slow-churning soul ballad "Gimme All Your Love." Often, Sound & Color takes flight when Alabama Shakes channel that energy into ever-shifting, liquid performances that almost feel like roots psychedelia, typified by "Future People" skipping off its tight Memphis groove with spooky harmonies and thudding fuzz. Such unaffected weird flourishes are evidence that Alabama Shakes are creatures of their time and place -- they play Southern soul-rock in an era where the past is indistinguishable from the present, and how the band interlaces the old and the new on Sound & Color feels startlingly fresh.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882226725
catalogNumber: 226725
Rank: 6340

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabama Shakes   Primary Artist
Paul Horton   Keyboards
Steve Johnson   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Rob Moose   Strings
Blake Mills   Guitar,Percussion,Vibes
Ben Tanner   Percussion,Keyboards,Vibes
Brittany Howard   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes,Group Member
Zac Cockrell   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
Heath Fogg   Guitar,Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rob Moose   Arranger,String Arrangements
Blake Mills   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Shawn Everett   Engineer
Mario Hugo   Art Direction,Illustrations
Dan Hennessy   Illustrations
Alabama Shakes   Composer,Producer
Brittany Howard   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Lucie Gris   Illustrations

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