Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound – Audra May and the Almighty Sound EP (2012)

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Whereas Audra Mae’s initial album, 2010’s The Happiest Lamb, boasted this gloamy, lightly swinging throwback appeal, the addition of the Almighty Sound gooses her into sizzling new soul-packed places. This self-titled album, set for release on February 14 courtesy of Side One Dummy, is still shaped by her dark and scuffed-up vocals — in particular on tracks like the hook-filled “Ne’ver Do Wells,” the chug-a-lugging “The Real Thing” and the hauntingly romantic “Old Italian Love Song.” Fresh off playing select dates with Matt Nathanson, the Almighty Sound certainly lives up to its name throughout, making a glorious racket behind this talented Okie singer-songwriter. The album, meanwhile, was co-produced by Deana Carter — whose debut Did I Shave My Legs for This? sold 5 million copies in the mid-1990s. My only complaint? They left off a cool-rocking version of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” from last fall’s advance EP.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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