Alabama Shakes – ‘Boys & Girls’ – Album review

Originally published: The Stool Pigeon

It comes with little surprise that Alabama Shakes has Jack White wailing man-tears from his throbbing, blues beef heart. The release of their eponymous EP in 2011 tapped into the southern rhythm and blues scene as if it had never before seen the light of day before the rise of the internet, leaving The Black Keys’ decade-long rise to fame appear laborious in comparison. The Alabama four-piece’s highly anticipated debut LP, Boys & Girls, at best is an ode to its soul-driven, gospel-inflected roots; at worst, a bad cocktail of the above that wears thin around its denim crotch after a few listens, leaving its arse hanging out. A record crammed with sugar-coated singles, each being unidentifiable from the next.

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