It's been a fast track to fame for these Southern soul-rockers, and deservedly so.
Yes, Jack White has taken a shine to them, but their music is still firmly stamped with their own identity – there's a burning passion in their slightly ragged playing, and they know when to ease back, catch their breath and let the energy build.
But their trump card is singer Brittany Howard, who's like Joplin with a touch of Winehouse.
The gospel funk of Hold On and I Ain't the Same are the prelude to the Otis Redding-type drive of Hang Loose, while Goin' to the Party has a wicked twist, and Be Mine contains an extra note of raw desperation.
You Ain't Alone is a torch song showcase for Howard, and she's a serious rival for Winehouse's crown in Rise to the Sun and Heartbreaker. Best tracks: Hold On, Heartbreaker
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.