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Alabama – 2012 Albums Not To Miss

04 Jan 2013

written by Mod Mobilian

Alabama - 2012 Albums Not To Miss

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2012 Albums Not to Miss:

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via Birmingham Free Press

Wilder Adkins: Oak & Apple

Adkins has created a very delicate and undeniably beautiful album which has captured me time and again. Even those who do not share his particular outlook on the universe should spend a little time with his offering. It is purposeful and focused…exceptional!  http://wilderadkins.bandcamp.com/album/oak-apple

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Juka Tribe: SHINE
Juka Tribe’s SHINE is a great urban Alabama sound, mixing multiple genres in a rhythmic stew, it’s like a spiritual grandchild of Robert Johnson and the ghost of Catwoman. It’s a sound party with a social message and a feel that opens the mind.   
http://jukatribe.com/

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FISHERGREEN: Keep It Together

FISHERGREEN Keep It Together is such a fun album, full of energy and well paced. The elements all come together to get you moving, vocals, the message of the lyrics… and the guitar flows with a smooth power into the horns…it’s really cool.  http://fishergreen.bandcamp.com/album/keep-it-together

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via Mod Mobilian

 

Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls

The Shakes have gotten so big that it is easy to forget that this was one of the best Alabama albums of the year.

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The Pollies: Where the Lies Begin

Adeptly covering a variety of styles in their debut album, we are looking forward to seeing where Muscle Shoals’ The Pollies go from here.

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Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: There is a Bomb in Gilead

Although some have noted that the album does not adequately capture the energy of their live performances (but how many albums do? especially with the Glory Fires’ energy…), Bains’ songwriting stands out.

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via You Hear This (Sam George & Co.)

Alabama Shakes: Boys and Girls

It’s been a good few years for Alabama musicians. The Civil Wars dominated the charts in 2011; this was the year of the Shakes.  Don’t call it retro-soul or whatever the writers have been saying.  The band has those elements, but their music is much more innovative than nostalgic pandering. “Bless my heart/Bless my soul/Didn’t think I’d make it/To twenty-two years old” is an instantly relatable lyric and is only the opening line of their monster hit, “Hold On.” The album delves into a variety of topics lyrically and hits home in so many ways.  This is a story of a band with humble beginnings, getting the recognition they rightfully deserve, opening for some of the greatest voices of rock this year alone.  They have a great career ahead of them without a doubt.

Brad Lyons: Ten Steps

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As our You Hear This review stated earlier this year, Brad Lyons is more than your typical singer/songwriter.  For one thing, he takes inspiration from classic authors such as Flannery O’Connor and delivers an album full of pure human emotion (“I’m scared to death of other people like me/That want to love, but they can’t believe”) with no other agenda than just to play from the heart and sing with gusto.  This is not being honest for the sake of record sales; this is being honest for the sake of surviving and thriving.

Fort Atlantic: Fort Atlantic

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Former Birmingham resident Jon Black is a fighter with a gracious and sincere heart and he shines brilliantly on the debut album of his Dualtone project, Fort Atlantic.  With everything from Dylan-esque folk (“New York Lights”) to Wilco-inspired experimentation (“I’m Wrong”), this album represents the future of songwriters in the digital age, using their wits and DIY attitude to produce music that is engaging, thoughtful and raucous.

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: There is a Bomb in Gilead

The long-time Dexateen member breaks out with his solo effort Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires and delivers a slow-baked southern scorcher steeped as much in soul and country as it is in the rock and roll that forms it’s base. This is an Alabama album through and through, referencing Opelika, Centreville, the Roebuck parkway, the Magic City, red dirt and the Choctaw Nation, and that’s just in the track titles! A touch of the recognizable only adds to the sense that this album is as firmly rooted in the South as it is possible to be.


The Magic Math: The Magic Math Humbly Suggest Living is a Miracle

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In a musical climate where cynicism and gratuitous sex are legion, it takes guts to release an all-acoustic album chock-full of humor and sincerity, but that’s just what The Magic Math have done. Led by Van Hollingsworth, who writes and arranges all of the songs, The Magic Math have created a delightful set of tunes, throwback ditties that recall the heyday of Cat Stevens without seeming derivative. There are moments of true beauty here, and one can’t help but come through a listen with the feeling that as long as people can still make music like this, everything is going to be okay.

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