Album Review: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

alabama_shakes_sound_colorAlabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Soul | Psychedelic Rock


Soul music is not the juggernaut it once was, it has had to morph into new forms in order to survive. Sound & Color is utterly bizarre but is certainly still full of soul; Brittany Howard has a powerful melodic voice which never fails to impress. The rest of the band build up a bewildering wail around her to bring an air of the new and unfamiliar but without distracting too much from the incredible vocals. Although the lyrics are rather vague and noncommittal, musically the album is cohesive and driven. Not all of the band’s experiments are successful but when it works it really works. ‘Gimme All Your Love’ is a towering pillar of majestic blues that can turn on a sixpence between the delicate, heartfelt moments and the furious passion. The album brings together the new and the old, but without making the process sound forced. There is something I can’t put my finger on though, something about the album that makes it feel somewhat uninviting. Perhaps it needs a few more listens to adapt to this new musical territory, perhaps it is simply uninviting… or it could just be subconscious rebelling at the misspelling of the word¬†colour.