On their second time at bat, Alabama Shakes swing for the fences and knock it clear out of the park on the fierce, funky, and fantastic Sound & Color. The album fulfills the vision that Brittany Howard and company always had for their bluesy and soulful Southern rock band, but just didn’t have the time and money to achieve on their debut, Boys & Girls. One listen to “Don’t Wanna Fight,” though, shows just what they are capable of as a band. In fact, all of the first seven tracks on the album stand shoulder to shoulder in their stunning artistry. After that, things get a little crazy. Even then, Alabama Shakes’ talent is never in question… just maybe their taste. Still, with so many staggeringly great sounds on this set, a couple of wild tangents merely add to its vibrant palette of colors. It’s a major league effort, all the way around.