Posts Tagged ‘Soul’

Any thought on Alabama Shakes‘ debut performance on Later Live with Jools

Quite an individual style I thought… To me they looked like a group of misfits who had converged only because of music. Lead singer Brittany Howard is a male version of Lenny Kravitz. Bassist Zac Cockrell looks like a Magic Number who’s recently returned from a shopping spree at H&M, or simply – Zak Dingle off Emmerdale. Meanwhile, the woolly hat perched upon drummer Steve Johnson’s scalp makes him look like a small-time bandit.

On Hold On, Brittany Howard’s gob has no limits to its aperture! The rubbery thing just keeps stretching to the point where you could shove a baseball down there. Or any other sized ball or object of equivalent dimensions. Her voice has such power and soul. Combined with guitarist Heath Fogg’s (what a name, incidentally)  jazzy, groovy and bluesy twangs, the Shakes are a unique recipe

The Guardian spoke to the Shakes a few weeks back, see here for full interview.  Candidates for 2012’s best breakthrough?

‘I bring a little bit of that punk with me. The energy, man; I can still thrash. I can’t play the guitar very well but I can fake it’ – Brittany Howard.

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A new Amy Winehouse album looks set to top Christmas prezzie wish lists. Entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the 12-track compilation features 2 new songs, alternative versions of existing numbers and unheard material. Recordings are taken from up to seven years apart. 

Amy Winehouse enjoying Coachella Music & Arts Festival, 2007. Photo: Mick Orlosky @ Flickr

Perfected by Salaam Remi, producer of Frank and Back To Black, the posthumous “beyond the grave” release includes doo-wop influences, brass ballads and additional strings. An original and emotional version of Tears Dry will flicker the public’s festive feelings. And if that doesn’t rouse the waterworks, a soulful cover of Donnie Hathaway‘s A Song For You will surely do so, culminating in the lines “And when my life is over/Remember when we were together/We were alone and I was singing this song for you.”

Meanwhile, New York rapper Nas duets on Like Smoke, which contains the sobering line “colder than a penguin’s pussy”.

The enigmatic singer-songwriter died on July 23rd at her home in Camden, prompting mass tributes and mourning. An inquest found alcohol poisoning to be the cause of death with police recovering three vodka bottles from the scene.

Lioness will debut in stores on 5th December, probably putting paid to The Black Keys chances of hitting the #1 spot with their forthcoming El Camino.