Sound & Color is the second studio album by American rock band Alabama Shakes. It was released on April 21, 2015 via ATO Records, MapleMusic Recordings and Rough Trade Records. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the . giving the band their first chart-topper; globally, the album hit the top ten in Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Sound & Color was a critical success and received six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.
Alabama Shakes: from small-town bar band to titans of rock. Ultimately, though, for all its many thrills, sales (725,000-plus in the US) and high-profile fans (Jack White and Adele and Robert Plant and the Obamas), their debut was still a preternaturally rocking roots album. Its successor, three years in the making, is something else altogether, a record with expanded, kaleidoscopic horizons. So long compared to singers such as Etta James and Janis Joplin, Howard is now channelling Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Erykah Badu
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color. Label: Rough Trade – RTRADCD750.
Alabama Shakes knew right away that their second album was going to take them down a strange new path. The first track the band laid down for Sound & Color (out April 21st) was Gemini, a six-minute slow-crawl mood piece that sounds more like Sly Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On than the lean rock & soul of Shakes’ hit 2012 debut, Boys & Girls. That was a fun song for me to play to my friends, cracks bassist Zac Cockrell from beneath a bushy beard as he sits with his bandmates at a New York restaurant.
Album · 2015 · 12 Songs. 12 Songs, 47 Minutes. Released: Apr 21, 2015. More By Alabama Shakes. See All. Boys & Girls.
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes' follow-up to their riveting 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, is the best example of this yet. Musically speaking, it contains more feats of derring-do than a Cirque du Soleil show, and is erudite enough to excite even the most studious, skeptical ethnomusicologists. But most of all, it's just fun, and this is no small accomplishment. After forming in 2009 in Athens, Al. the quartet recorded Boys & Girls in anonymity, using money scraped together from gigs as a cover band. Nothing was at stake. Now, everything is: Underdogs no more, Alabama Shakes are festival mainstays, widely recognized as the leading lights of this new wave of vintage-rock archeologists
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