ALBUM REVIEW: Alabama Shakes - Sound & Colour

ALABAMA SHAKES ... Sound & Colour (Rough Trade)
ALABAMA SHAKES ... Sound & Colour (Rough Trade)

ON their emergence three years ago, this Athens, AL quartet were a purist’s dream; exploring the traditions of blues and soul, and marrying that to reverent songwriting.

On album number two, the group continue to flaunt their influences with gusto and pride - yet the overwhelming theme of Sound & Color is that of a band seeking to branch out.

Indeed, the record is nothing if not ambitious, pursuing a broad and eclectic range of styles and bustling with a new-found sense of vigour.

However, while some pay off, there are also numerous experiments which fail to reap dividends; with even Brittany Howard’s electric performances failing to ignite a collection which often borders on so-so. 6/10. AW