It’s a little late to be writing this because the album has almost been out for a week, but I still wanted to take a shot.
It’s been awhile since I’ve actually sat down and wrote an album review because I can’t say I have honestly been moved by much lately. There have been songs on much buzzed about albums that I’ve found myself singing along to and burning on a CD–yes I still burn CD’s keep your judgement and slick comments to yourself, but nothing has really moved me enough to want to write about them. However, when I heard that one of my favorite bands, Alabama Shakes, was releasing their sophomore album Color & Sound after two years, I knew I had to write a little bit of something.
Color & Sound serves as the sophomore album and follow-up to the group’s Grammy-Nominated album Boys & Girls, and includes some of the same elements that has made the band a favorite of many publications, blogs around the world and myself. Although there are some of the same elements–Brittany Howard’s impeccable vocals, great production from the group, there’s more depth and everything sounds a little bigger and just more.
“We took our time to write this record and I’m really glad we did. We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album,” says lead singer Brittany Howard. “This record is full of genre bending songs — it’s even harder now when people ask, “What kind of band are you? I have no clue.”
The genre-bending element is something that can be felt throughout the album as the group delicately weaves between soul, country, rock, folk and other genres. The genre-bending also gives life and a space for lead woman, Brittany Howard’s, vocals to really get the shine they deserve. On this album, Howard’s vocals do a lot to my soul at one point, when I first heard their second single “Gimme All Your Love” I shed a little tear.
With this album, Alabama Shakes did everything to avoid the sophomore album curse — you know, where an artist or group releases a great freshman album but their sophomore album sucks. This time around, Alabama Shakes used their album as a platform to exceed our expectations entering some new territory with ease.
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