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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the southern rock band was produced by Blake Mills.
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Gimme All Your Love
So much is going on but you can always come around why don't you sit with me for just a little while tell me, what's wrong And you just give me all... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Apr 20, 2015
    100
    The weirder moments--the molten strings and xylophones--redefine the band as a powerful and original force.
  2. Apr 28, 2015
    84
    Ultimately, Sound & Color is a ballsy sophomore LP that shocks, surprises and usually satiates.
  3. Uncut
    Apr 13, 2015
    80
    Disparate but cohesive. [May 2015, p.69]
  4. Apr 14, 2015
    80
    It’s a surprising, hugely satisfying trip from a transformed band.
  5. Apr 21, 2015
    80
    Sound & Color makes clear this success was not a fluke. This is the sound of a band that’s in it for the long haul, amplifying what worked the first time, and stretching in new directions to challenge both the performers and their listeners.
  6. 75
    It is both brilliant and uneven. It defies expectations without disrupting the status quo.
  7. Apr 16, 2015
    60
    Not all their experiments work, but it’s hard not to be infected by the excitement when they do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. znk
    Apr 22, 2015
    10
    AMAZING. Everything just works on this album, it's beautifully streamlined yet not too streamlined that it loses the edgy rawness that youAMAZING. Everything just works on this album, it's beautifully streamlined yet not too streamlined that it loses the edgy rawness that you look for from a blues/rock band. Brittany's vocals are enough to brag about for days, a voice like honey yet can turn on her signature growl and heaviness when needed. Sound & Color has secured a position in top 10 albums of 2015 without a doubt! Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2015
    10
    When I first heard Hold On, I was convinced I was hearing the beginning of a band that was going to break the mold and be superstars. Then IWhen I first heard Hold On, I was convinced I was hearing the beginning of a band that was going to break the mold and be superstars. Then I heard the rest of their debut album. I totally wrote them off. Boy was I wrong. Sound and Color is the album Hold On should have had backing it up. Expand
  3. May 8, 2015
    9
    This album is so likable. Performances are great, singing is excellent, songs are catchy. Sound & Color is such an improvement from Boys &This album is so likable. Performances are great, singing is excellent, songs are catchy. Sound & Color is such an improvement from Boys & Girls. I'm having trouble finding any faults with this album, one of the best of this year so far. Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2015
    9
    Wow! For a group that had such a good debut they sure found a lot of ways to improve themselves! This whole album feels much cleaner soundingWow! For a group that had such a good debut they sure found a lot of ways to improve themselves! This whole album feels much cleaner sounding and polished than the last. The lead singer has one of the best voices in the industry today. It's rich with soul and emotion. The instrumentation is lush and packing with emotion. You can tell they really tried hard with this album and it certainly paid off. Congratulations Alabama Shakes you've made an excellent record and I certainly hope many more are to come! Expand
  5. May 11, 2015
    8
    Sound & Color is a dramatic improvement on all fronts for the Alabama Shakes, honing their southern rock/soul style to near perfection. TheSound & Color is a dramatic improvement on all fronts for the Alabama Shakes, honing their southern rock/soul style to near perfection. The singles will stick in your head for days, and the remaining tracks provide an excellent backdrop of psychedelic, passionate, intense, and beautiful sounds. Not a record I anticipated from this band, but an extremely welcome one. Sound & Color is truly fantastic. Expand
  6. Aug 9, 2016
    8
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  7. Apr 23, 2015
    7
    it might not grab you on the first listen, but the lead single 'dont wanna fight' will stay in your head for days. on repeated listens youit might not grab you on the first listen, but the lead single 'dont wanna fight' will stay in your head for days. on repeated listens you will find a progressive psychedelic sound mixed in with southern rock. Expand

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