Review from the New York Times, Oct 21 2011:
Imagine a CMJ buzz band not built around some cool-headed concept involving noise or irony or ambiguities or primitivism. Imagine a band not trying to make a fashion or anti-fashion statement. Imagine a band whose vocals aren’t just something to put up with because that’s the songwriter. Imagine a band named after a place that actually comes from that place. And imagine a band whose New York City debut left a CMJ Music Marathon audience literally screaming for joy.
That band would be Alabama Shakes, whose Bowery Ballroom set early on Thursday night was a thunderbolt dressed in bluejeans. (No repeats; they’re headed for Boston.) The band plays straightforward Southern soul: three chords, blues and gospel roots, aching when it’s slow and growling and whooping when it’s fast. READ MORE
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