Boys & Girls (Alabama Shakes album)

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Boys & Girls
Boys&Girls.jpg
Studio album by Alabama Shakes
Released April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)
Recorded 2011
Studio The Bomb Shelter
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Genre
Length 36:12
Label ATO (US)
Rough Trade (UK)
Producer
Alabama Shakes chronology
Alabama Shakes
(2011)
Boys & Girls
(2012)
Sound & Color
(2015)
Singles from Boys & Girls
  1. "Hold On"
    Released: February 6, 2012

Boys & Girls is the debut studio album from American rock band Alabama Shakes. It was released on April 9, 2012. The album peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 3 on the UK Albums Chart.

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB−[3]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Independent5/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[7]
NME7/10[8]
Pitchfork7.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin7/10[11]

Critical reception[edit]

The album has been well received by critics. Gavin Haynes of NME gave Boys & Girls a positive review, stating, "In many ways Boys & Girls it is as note-perfect an album as you'll hear all year, yet it's also often perfectly inert. Their new bestie Jack White flagrantly copied vast chunks of the past, but in so doing he also stripped it down and rebuilt it in his own image. Despite their obviously vast talent, still less than a year after they first read about themselves on the internet, the stellar rise and rise of Alabama Shakes possibly hasn't afforded them quite enough time to find out who they really are."[8] Los Angeles Times also gave the album a positive review stating, "The Alabama Shakes’ first album, "Boys & Girls," is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately. Consisting of three men and one young explosion named Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar, the group, which formed in northern Alabama in 2009, offers stripped down truth, minus any affectation, histrionics or irony."[7]

The album was listed at #34 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted in the United States at number sixteen on the Billboard 200. On April 12, 2012 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number thirteen.[13] The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number three,[14] and also topped the inaugural Official Record Store Chart.[15] As of April 2015, the album has sold 744,000 copies in the U.S.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alabama Shakes.

No.TitleLength
1."Hold On"3:46
2."I Found You"2:59
3."Hang Loose"2:24
4."Rise to the Sun"3:08
5."You Ain't Alone"4:44
6."Goin' to the Party"1:45
7."Heartbreaker"3:47
8."Boys & Girls"3:25
9."Be Mine"4:14
10."I Ain't the Same"2:55
11."On Your Way"3:05
12."Heavy Chevy" (bonus track on 7" vinyl)2:25
13."Pocket Change" (bonus track on 7" vinyl)2:25
14."Mama" (bonus track on 7" vinyl)1:34

Personnel[edit]

Alabama Shakes:

Additional musicians:

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 36
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 63
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 66
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 62
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 59
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 34
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[27] 87
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 48
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 3
UK Official Record Store Chart (OCC)[15] 1
US Billboard 200[30] 6
US Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 3
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[30] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[31] 49
Dutch Albums Chart[32] 83

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 128,266[35]
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United States 3 April 2012[37] Download ATO Records
United Kingdom 6 April 2012[38] Rough Trade Records
9 April 2012[39] CD
United States 10 April 2012[40] ATO Records

References[edit]

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