Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color Live and on vinyl
Sunday night at Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Brittany Howard and band brought it. It – as in they put almost every rock show I’ve seen in the past 5 years to shame. Howard is well-known for her powerful presence and incredible voice, so I’ll not say much beyond she hurt my feelings.
Everything came together here to elevate the excellent songwriting – the bands intense performance, the relatively subtle yet complementary lighting and most importantly, the sound blended to create an intense and emotional experience.
I think the record represents very well what the band sounds like live. It’s dynamic, powerful, sonically rich and adventurous. Given the opportunity, this recording could get you in the vicinity of the live experience.
Of course, nothing is like live music – I’m not suggesting otherwise – but, with proper playback gear you can connect with the music in a similar fashion. This is what I am interested in – how we listen. Because, we don’t listen like we used to. I recognize the benefit of our new mobile and wireless technology, and happily use them. That said, new doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to music reproduction. More on this later.