February 10, 2015


Alabama Shakes Announce Second Album and Release "Don't Wanna Fight"

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Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Good news and bad news, folks. The mighty Alabama Shakes have returned—but the single is so good, and so surprising, that waiting till April 21 for the band's sophomore album Sound & Color might drive us all clinically insane.

The new song, "Don't Wanna Fight," has that rich, raw, no-fuss instrumentation that defined the band's 2012 debut album Boys & Girls, but there's a whole lotta new happening here. Bandleader Brittany Howard has reshaped her vocal approach, double-tracking falsetto harmonies that could kick it with André 3000 circa "Ms. Jackson"–era OutKast. Listen to "Don't Wanna Fight" immediately:

It's been three long years since Boys & Girls launched Alabama Shakes onto movie soundtracks and every single festival bill ever. "We took our time to write this record, and I'm really glad we did," Howard says in a statement about Sound & Color. "We were able to sit down and think about what's exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs." Hence the surprises tucked into "Don't Wanna Fight."

The 12-song album—available for pre-order on iTunes—will include titles like "Future People," "Shoegaze," and "Dunes." See the whole tracklist and a rundown of the band's tour dates—including stops at Bonnaroo and Coachella—at Rolling Stone