Artists have been beating around the soul-revival bush for close to a decade now, and some — Amy Winehouse, Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones — have gotten closer than others. Alabama Shakes wins a spot on that list from singer Brittany Howard's first purr in "I Found You," an ineffable plea made from a mold long thought to be broken. Howard is jubilantly forthright, unhinging her voice such that any chinks in her armor let her soul shine through.
The Athens, Ala., quartet formed out of high school and describes its shows as "just like going to a rock 'n' roll church." Hear "I Found You" and another song from Alabama Shakes' debut EP on today's World Cafe: Next.