MO: From the time I heard the first notes of the Alabama Shakes' Boys and Girls album, I knew that it was going to be one of my favorites. In the year and change since then, it has proven to be all that and much more. Really, not since my stumbling into Television's Marquee Moon can I remember a record by an artist that had been previously unknown to me having such a long run atop my personal chart.
The grit. The riffs. All of it, really. But, oh the vocals. The vocals are what put this one over the top. Pristine. Soaring. Chameleonic. At various points throughout, I found myself saying, “That sounds like Martha Reeves… That sounds like Mick Jagger…” The list went on: Janis Joplin, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan. All barking through this one set of pipes. There’s just so much there…
So whatever, I always knew that one of these tracks would be featured prominently on our next Songs You’re About to Love mix. My problem was that I just didn’t know which one. I felt like Sophie except with 12 kids instead of two (and fine, with much lower stakes, I guess). There was this nagging other piece to my conundrum too — you see, I actually knew what the perfect song would be… that first one that got its hooks in me. The one from Silver Linings Playbook. That’s the one that kicked down the AlabamaShakes
door for me. It would be perfect, but alas — it’s unavailable on Spotify.
So there I was, spending these last few months occasionally adding songs to my SYAA2L mix, always earmarking a slot for the
. Every time though, feeling those pangs of regret — it won’t be