Boys & Girls - Alabama Shakes
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31

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  1. 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 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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  2. Oct 13, 2012
    9
    The voice does it! Although the music is also well; without this voice it wouldn't be complete. Get the album as soon as you can and listen it every day!
  3. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    If your in to the genre then pick this one up, this album really is a perfect example of the best of it in my opinion. A very solid album all the way through, a rare achievement these days that goes on to my list of great albums.

    Gorgeous vocals, superb instrumentals.

    Bravo Alabama Shakes ;)
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 70
    While the result doesn't justify the buildup, there is no doubt that frontwoman Brittany Howard is a major talent.
  2. 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]
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    70
    Their roots are just that--roots, not anchors, allowing the group to grow, often in unexpected and quietly thrilling ways.