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Always Alright

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Total Tracks: 1   Total Length: 4:09

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Always Alright


Just started listening to The Shakes a few months ago. Check out their two full-length recordings, which are full of good twists and turns. But this single...oh my...what a sharp, tight, playful, and emotional piece of songwriting and execution. The precise balancing of craft and play reminds me, weirdly, of The Rolling Stones in one of their more radio-friendly tracks like Brown Sugar. Here, Brittany Howard seems to channel a little Nina Simone, a little Joe Strummer…but she's got her own thing and the band is like a skilled string quartet in unfolding the song's musical ideas. I must have listened to this track fifty times, and every time it puts a smile on my face...sometimes because of the craft, sometimes because of the 'tude, and sometimes just 'cause who wouldn't want to be able to say they made something this finely wrought? The SNL video for their performance of the song is also worth a watch. Everybody's taste is different, but to me this is just great, smart, crafty music.

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