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Alabama Shakes — Boys & Girls
A lot of the chatter about the much hyped debut album from the much hyped Alabama band will be about how dearly it holds the values of traditional rock and roll at a time when the music-obsessed chattering class collectively seems to be rolling its eyes at them. This will be ugly and divisive and ultimately a shame: these songs simmer and strut and then, thrillingly, burst, offering further proof that what matters is not which decade or which genre an artist is aping, but the skill with which they ape it.

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