Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #426 / 1018
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2012 Ratings: #205
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April 10, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Essentially, it is a near perfect blend of blues and rock ‘n’ roll of times both past and present. 

86
Paste

Fortunately for the Shakes ... their first true album Boys & Girls only justifies the fervor surrounding them.

80
The 405

For a debut album this is a stellar effort, and a piece of work that should be listened to as a whole, not just as a list of potential singles.

78
Pitchfork

Boys & Girls is a solid debut, really good but not earth-shifting, a record clearly (blessedly) recorded before anyone much cared who they were or weren't, possibly even before they were entirely sure themselves.

70
Consequence of Sound

Even if they are late to the party, Alabama Shakes have proven themselves as a band with a keen understanding of the genre’s basics and a curious spirit perpetually seeking to move upward and onward. 

70
Beats Per Minute

Although the quartet works well together, it’s Howard who takes center stage on this debut.

70
NME

In many ways ‘Boys & Girls’ it is as note-perfect an album as you'll hear all year, yet it's also often perfectly inert.

67
A.V. Club

Exciting as it can be, Boys & Girls could use just a little more shakin’ going on. 

60
musicOMH

Whether the hype will be justified remains to be seen, but there’s enough here to suggest that there is some substance to the attention currently focussed on Alabama Shakes. 

50
Drowned in Sound

For the music fan (read: the cynic who hears a hundred new bands a week on the internet) this is an album to tire of before it’s even had the chance to permeate every pub you visit.

50
No Ripcord

For all the promise that is shown, every song is missing the element that might be able to take these songs into the stratosphere.

MinatoArisato
80
A soulful and bluesy record which is just oozing with southern charm. The vocals sound hoarse and drenched in whisky whilst the guitars have such a great bluesy bite.

Best Track: I Found You
Worst Track: You Ain't Alone
Bjartolini
NR
Mediocre at best
Fav Track: Hang Loose
ZIGMACHINE
81
You Ain’t Alone 98
I Found You 97
Hold On 92
Rise To The Sun 81
Hang Loose 80
I Ain’t The Same 77
Be Mine 77
On Your Way 75
Boys & Girls 72
Goin’ To The Party 71
Heartbreaker 70
(81/75)
tha138
71
Boys and girls, this is the South as we know it, raw and fascinating in its emotional intensity.
A solid and promising debut.
DefSky
77
Good old Rock & Roll and Blues " But in a modern world that can be so hard to do " Alabama Shakes
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Track List

  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
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Added on: January 17, 2012