Alabama Shakes — EP
I think it's fair to say that most contemporary Soul isn't something that crosses my path in a pleasing way. It's typically a little bit too Adult Contemporary Radio; some aspect of it seems like the band is putting on airs to emulate the checklist of what a soul band should be... just feels off. However, none of that is true with the Alabama Shakes -- it sounds authentic. The vocals especially feel like they're coming from the heart and the explosive musical builds are just right. Maybe they just figured out how to emulate the sound just right but, either way, it works incredibly well. Looking forward to having more than just four tracks to play constantly.