The aptly named Alabama Shakes serve up a lighthearted blend of blues-inspired roots rock and touch of soul that harken back to The Band, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett, The Allman Brothers, and the like. From the first riffs, “Hang Loose” verges on an almost country, gospel-esque medley, with infectious Joplin-like vocals that doesn’t leave one lacking.
No, they’re not breaking any new musical ground here and their sound is more recycled than reinvented. But when it’s plain, unadulterated fun that almost implores you to lose your worries, who really cares?
Good time to roll on.