Boys & Girls

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Apr 10, 2012
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Apr 9, 2012
    60
    Boys & Girls is a fine album, full of sturdy Southern-fried blues performed with swagger and verve. As the proper debut for a band that's built its reputation on the fearless pandemonium of its live shows, however, Boys & Girls is curiously and deliberately subdued.
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    60
    This is an album packed with promise but which tails off somewhat at the close.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    Boys & Girls feels slightly polite and artfully constructed, as if the rest of the band are too respectful of their influences to truly let rip.
  4. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    It's enough to hold the interest, although we'd prefer Alabama Shakes to capitalise on their more esoteric elements and cut out the cliches.
  5. Apr 16, 2012
    50
    Perhaps ... the best way to describe Boys & Girls: unwilling to innovate or add anything new to its genre, preferring to remind us of the roots of rock instead of showing us what made the pioneers so great, a reminder of a past love instead of a new love for us to discover.
  6. Apr 10, 2012
    50
    Boys And Girls is a somewhat predictable trawl through the back catalogues of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stax Records, Janis Joplin and the recorded output of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios amongst others, but with none of the grit, passion or emotion.
  7. Apr 5, 2012
    50
    In the cold light of day the album feels flat and utterly predictable.
  8. Mojo
    Apr 20, 2012
    40
    [Boy & Girls] casts Brittany as a soulful singer, but the album is more Xerox copy than feel and spirit based. [May 2012, p.86]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 24, 2016
    9
    This album shouldn't work. An album created by one of the most shy, sweet, genuine bands we've had in a long time playing strictly blues andThis album shouldn't work. An album created by one of the most shy, sweet, genuine bands we've had in a long time playing strictly blues and southern rock shouldn't work in an age dominated electronically produced music. Yet, Boys & Girls does. It works so wonderfully well. The soul is prevalent on every track. Brittany Howard might be the strongest voice in rock music. Whether it's Howard's determination to succeed on the smash hit 'Hold On' or her bubbly love on 'I Found You' Alabama Shakes will have you shaking, and leave you wanting more. Full Review »
  2. Dec 29, 2014
    10
    A long awaited return to rock 'n roll. Truly meaningful rock with raspy, heart-wrenching vocals. 'Boys & Girls' is as impressively originalA long awaited return to rock 'n roll. Truly meaningful rock with raspy, heart-wrenching vocals. 'Boys & Girls' is as impressively original as it is retrospective. You'll be craving more and more with each track. 'You Ain't Alone' is one of the best tracks since the heyday of rock 'n roll. Full Review »
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    Alabama Shakes has crafted and incredibly rich and soulful album. The Blues and Classic Rock vibe gives the album a core. The vocal talents byAlabama Shakes has crafted and incredibly rich and soulful album. The Blues and Classic Rock vibe gives the album a core. The vocal talents by Brittney Howard are to be commended, since the Janis Joplin like growls and undertones gives the loudest and softest lyrics unparalleled character. Highlights include the soft and rising "You Ain't Alone" that offers not only simple and hard hitting lyrics, but a good insight on the vocalist. As well as "I A'int the Same" that is a pulse pounding rock thriller.

    All in all this is an incredibly well crafted and lively introduction into the rising rock stars that are Alabama Shakes.
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