Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 12.40 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Tuesday, September 23? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Frequently Bought Together

Boys & Girls + The Lumineers + Babel
Price For All Three: CDN$ 34.40

  • The Lumineers CDN$ 10.00
  • Babel CDN$ 12.00

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

1. Hold On
2. I Found You
3. Hang Loose
4. Rise To The Sun
5. You Ain't Alone
6. Goin' To The Party
7. Heartbreaker
8. Boys & Girls
9. Be Mine
10. I Ain't The Same
11. On Your Way

Product Description

Product Description

2012 debut album from the Athens, Alabama-based outfit. The band was originally formed when lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard approached bassist Zac Cockrell during a high school psychology class and began meeting after school to write songs. Howard and Cockrell experimented with many different styles of music including roots rock, progressive rock, soul music, country music and classic rock.

About the Artist

The story of the Alabama Shakes begins in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama. Brittany Howard, who had started playing guitar a few years earlier, approached Zac Cockrell and asked if he wanted to try making music together. "I just knew that he played bass and that he wore shirts with cool bands on them that nobody had heard of," says Howard.

They started to meet up after school and write songs sitting on Howard's floor. "It had that rootsy feel, but there was some out-there stuff," says Cockrell. "David Bowie-style things, prog-rock, lots of different stuff. We started to come across our own sound a little bit, though it's evolved a lot since then."

Steve Johnson worked at the only music store in town, and Howard knew he played the drums. She invited him to a party where, she says, "he met everybody from our side of the tracks." The three young musicians began working together, further expanding their style and approach. "Steve is kind of a punk-metal drummer," says Howard, "so we embraced that edge he brings to everything he does."

The trio soon went into a studio in Decatur to record some of the songs they were working up, and this proto-demo found its way into the hands of Heath Fogg, with whom Howard had been familiar because he had been the lead guitarist in what she describes as "the best band in our high school." Fogg, who by now had graduated from college, asked them to open a show for his band, which they agreed to do—on the condition that he play with them. The response was immediate: "That first show was really explosive," says Howard.”

Though they had been focusing on original material ("It's just more fun to write than to learn someone else's music," says Cockrell), as the band—newly christened the Shakes—began playing out, they added more cover songs. They played classics by James Brown and Otis Redding, but also by Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. "We had to find music we could all agree on and figure out how to play together," says Howard, "and that had a lot of influence on how we play now."

Attempting to record their songs with the honest sonic qualities they cherished, the Shakes bought a few microphones and a vintage Teac mixing board and set up in Howard's house—which didn't work, since she lived right next to some railroad tracks. They eventually found their way to a Nashville studio in early 2011, where the songs they cut included "You Ain't Alone" and "I Found You."

When they appeared at a Nashville record store, people started to take notice of the group’s relentless, hard-charging live attack, and Howard’s magnetic stage presence. One especially ardent fan raved about the band to his friends, which included Justin Gage, the founder of the Aquarium Drunkard blog. Gage wrote to Howard, asking if he could post one of the Shakes' songs. She sent back the yearning, intense "You Ain't Alone," which he put up in late July, calling it "a slice of the real." And, literally overnight, all hell broke loose.

"I woke up the next day to emails from record labels, managers, publishing companies," says Howard. "At first I thought, everybody's making a mistake!" Gage also emailed “You Ain’t Alone” to the Drive-By Truckers' team. The band was immediately blown away and offered the Shakes an opening slot, sight unseen. (Patterson Hood of the Truckers later noted that the group “totally blew us off the stage in Winston-Salem.”)

Yet even as the attention and the pressure were mounting, the band—who by now had changed their name to the Alabama Shakes—continued to break new ground musically. Their first single, the hypnotic, show-stopping plea "Hold On," grew out of an on-stage improvisation. "We threw out that riff," says Cockrell, "and Brittany started singing along, and the crowd started singing with her like it was a song they already knew."

In October, the Shakes gave a performance at the CMJ Festival in New York City that earned a glowing review from the New York Times. Jon Pareles described the band as "a thunderbolt dressed in bluejeans," with music that's "aching when it’s slow and growling and whooping when it’s fast." NPR named them one of the best bands of 2011, while MTV called them one of the top bands to look for in 2012.

As word of mouth spread, more offers to tour came in, and the band members were finally able to quit their day jobs; until this point, all the writing, recording, and touring had to be done around such responsibilities as Howard's work as a mail carrier and Johnson’s hours toiling as a night watchman at a nuclear power plant.

Now, with expectations at fever pitch, the Alabama Shakes have delivered Boys & Girls—six of the songs from that initial Nashville session, and another five recorded during the rest of the year. From the heart-rending title song to such stomps as “Rise to the Sun,” the album demonstrates the sense of groove and space the band learned from their idols, along with a blistering force and emotion that simply can’t be learned.

Overwhelmed by the response they've already received, there is one perception of the band that they want to challenge. "A lot of people think we're a soul revival act," says Cockrell. "That's an honor to me, classic R&B is my favorite kind of music, but everybody has their own influences. Brittany is way more into rock and roll—she likes things pretty amped up most of the time."

"Retro soul is not what we’re going for, though it's understandable why people say it," says Howard. "We take inspiration from that, but we all understand Black Sabbath, too. On the record, we left a lot of room for whatever we want to do in the future."

The release of Boys & Girls marks the arrival of a major new rock and roll band. To the members themselves, though, what's been most exciting has been the reaction they have felt on stage, whether tiny local dates or under the glare of the media.

"It seems like everyone can tell how into it we are," says Cockrell. "Every show, people say they can feel how much we love what we're doing."

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the LP April 30 2012
Format:LP Record
I can't say what the CD sounds like, though the first review here says the recording is not very good. All I can say is that the sound of this record on vinyl is excellent. Great band, great songs. You won't be disappointed. Viva La Vinyl.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Band- Terrible recording April 27 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I feel quite bad about writing this but I can't recommend Alabama Shakes cd "Boys and Girls".
The band is actually very good but the recording is so poor its very hard to tell. After ten minutes of hiss and tinny sound the only thing I wanted to do was get this cd out of my player. Its that bad.
The real tradgedy is Alabama Shakes really are an excellent band.They have a good way with a hook and can lay down a real tight groove. At least I think they can. Its so hard to get a feel of anything with this recording.
Who ever sabotaged the band with this recording should be fired.
A potentially great cd ruined by a shoddy recording. Alabama Shakes are owed an apology.
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars relieved May 1 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
when I read the review below about the poor recording I was was worried because my copy was in the mail. I suggest that he return his cd, because my copy has no hissing sounds.
music is excellent,, good beats,, excellent vocals. retro sounds, like the 50's with a modern twist. buy it with no worries.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album Feb. 13 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the first albums I have purchased for Alabama Shakes. An excellent album and you have to love her voice.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love it! Dec 12 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Totally awesome cd! Brittany's voice is AMAZING! Great to listen to while kicking back and relaxing or while stuck in traffic.
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music Nov. 3 2013
By doc
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Good music warped vinel and dusty low quality It still plays but looks bad and skips occasionally not worth the money
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars heart and soul Sept. 22 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love the musicianship, style, instruments and especially Brittany's voice. Lyrics are thoughtful too. This is a great album for anyone aged twenty and up.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Liking it more each time I play it. Aug. 19 2013
By bjk
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Starting to really like this LP, also has a digital down load!

Brittany Howard has a lot of potiential, powerful voice, R&B, Blues. Can't wait for their next album!
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brittany Howerd is the best.
This is a great new blues band , with all new songs on this recording. It is very clear and with excellent vocals. ( Boys and Girls ) should be a great buy for any age blues fan. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gerald Zehr
4.0 out of 5 stars gift for a friend
I bought this for a friend who loves the band. the product came nice, clean and unbroken. i think she is satisfied.
Published 16 months ago by Pat
3.0 out of 5 stars "Janis"
Surprisingly like Janis in a southern way.Production and mixing could be better but all around good.Their follow up album will be the key.
Published 16 months ago by rocker
4.0 out of 5 stars A big seller in Europe
Alabama Shakes has come out very strong with a very good CD. It is getting great reviews world wide. Hope they do not become a one CD wonder
Published 18 months ago by Scubthegrub
5.0 out of 5 stars alabama shakes it
this band is to good to rate getting the CD at anything less than 5 would be silly. Discovered them on SNL
Published 18 months ago by gayle
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I bought this album because of the song Hold on, thinking other cuts would be interesting and well crafted. I was however disappointed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. Holden
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Interesting, But a Bit Overtyped
I think the fresh approach and vocals, as well as their hit song, are elevating this disc beyond reasonable expectations. Read more
Published 21 months ago by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars it is not Sketches of Spain but ...
This album has been described well in many helpful reviews on this site. My sole addition is that my wife loves it and wants it played loud. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. Michael W. Biggs
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category