REVIEW: Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

Jacqui James


ARE YOU ALREADY missing summer? Sound & Color might be just what you need. It’s a good substitute to put you back into a fun-loving, carefree mood. The opening title track immediately takes us away to a dreamland full of light and sun. This album has everything from dance-around-the-room rock (‘The Greatest’, ‘Shoegaze’) to sexy and silky moods (‘Gemini’). The use of unusual instruments on ‘This Feeling’ provides the ear with rich and different sounds, confirming Alabama Shakes as confident artists across pop, indie rock and soul. Lyrically, Sound & Color is a feast of tales about love and loss (‘Miss You’), enjoying life (‘Over My Head’) and simply belting out a tune (‘Gimme All Your Love’). Brittany Howard’s falsetto gives the American quartet a versatile but beautiful sound; her voice can move like a butterfly yet remain fierce. Alabama Shakes have delivered a great second album that people should thoroughly enjoy.


*Originally appeared in The Big Issue #482″

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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