What does it sound like?:
This album is the sound of a young band finding its feet by searching for something new in the guitar-led blues/rock template. It is organic, sizzling with the interaction of a handful of humans, living, breathing, sweating, bleeding together in a room.
Brittany Howard doesn’t simply possess a remarkable voice. It is a voice that arrived with the slave ships, baked in the cotton fields for a century, then swept along the Mississipi to emerge with the power and authority of a lifetime’s hard labour. Effectively, she carried the first album, Girls & Boys, but, now, the band have grown and perform with assurance allowing Brittany to experiment. She approaches each song with imagination. It’s almost as though there is a different vocalist for each one. She is incredibly versatile, not just with her harmonic range but with the ability to switch the decibel count from one to 500 and back in a single breath. Her screeches and scratches are a joy in themselves. The songs and the arrangements may be painstakingly constructed but the playing is rich, tense and dramatic and there are plenty of surprises in the dynamics of the song » Continue Reading.