Although innovation is key in the music field, rapid change is often ill-advised. With Alabama Shake's second album, "Sound & Color," that point is only strengthened.
There is a clear garage and roots-rock sound on most of the songs and a distinct level of grit in the instruments. Musically the album is similar to the most recent Queens of The Stone Age release, "...Like Clockwork." Brittany Howard, singer and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, is perhaps the greatest part of the "Sound & Color" experience, delivering some of the most soulful vocals in recent rock releases.
Despite there being grit to the album, the production is incredibly crisp. This leads to a beautiful contrast between vocals and instruments. Yet, this album isn't a major step, merely a small move forward. Not every band can make a shift into grittiness, but still retain a sense of pop like Alabama Shakes. Which is really the true beauty of this album.