Editors’ Notes With the rollicking, retro-tinged rock ’n’ roll of their debut, Alabama Shakes injected a righteous dose of guitar-driven jams into the musical landscape of the ’10s. Led by Brittany Howard’s gritty howl—her turn on the soulful stunner “I Ain’t the Same” is a punch straight to the gut—Boys & Girls shows the power of keeping things simple. The head-nodding groove of “Hold On” delivers a summery, hypnotizing haze, while the slinky guitar and bright piano bounce of “Hang Loose” inspire deep chill vibes.

SONG
Hold On
1
3:46
 
I Found You
2
2:59
 
Hang Loose
3
2:24
 
Rise to the Sun
4
3:08
 
You Ain't Alone
5
4:44
 
Goin' to the Party
6
1:45
 
Heartbreaker
7
3:47
 
Boys & Girls
8
3:25
 
Be Mine
9
4:14
 
I Ain't the Same
10
2:55
 
On Your Way
11
3:05