Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

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  1. Hold On: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. I Found You: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Hang Loose: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Rise to the Sun: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. You Ain’t Alone: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Goin’ to the Party: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  7. Heartbreaker: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Boys & Girls: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Be Mine: πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. I Ain’t the Same: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. On Your Way: πŸ‘πŸ»


While not as egregious as saying Funk musician William Onyeabor’s music is just “Africa” because that’s the continent he lived on, I find Apple Music’s classification of Alabama Shakes as “Alternative” almost as hard to swallow. When I think of Alternative music, I think of the kind of stuff the local Alternative radio station in my home town would play about 5 years after Green Day stopped being popular: Green Day, Bush, NIN, etc. But Alabama Shakes? No way.

I do get that they’re hard to classify, though. My brother recommended them to me because he knows how much I love The Black Keys. At times Alabama Shakes definitely sounds like The Black Keys. But at other times they sound more along the lines of Amy Winehouse. Which is to say, modern and not at the same time. But definitely good.

It was only a matter of time before I listened to Boys & Girls. After getting Hold On stuck in my head on numerous occasions, I bought the whole album right before my trip to Portland before Thanksgiving last year so I could listen to it on the flight. Because of the way my phone and the Bluetooth adapter in my car work, every time I start my car, the first band alphabetically starts playing. Since Alabama Shakes is first, I’ve heard Hold On, dozens of times since then. I’ve heard I Found You and Hang Loose a ton of times, too for the same reason.

I really enjoy this record, and I was actually a little surprised to find that they only have one other studio album. AfterΒ I was turned on to them but before I bought this album, I listened to them through my Amazon Echo a TON, and I never got sick of it. Even though apparently the catalog is fairly small.

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