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The brown-eyed soul sensation from Granada in the south of Spain is back with their new album! Sit back, relax, park a drink in your hand and enjoy the swinging soul sounds of Al Supersonic & The Teenagers! 

 

Soul music is timeless it is said; it manages to explore the heights and depths of the human emotional household, like no other musical genre. It has changed in the 50 years of its existence only by the technical progress of the production facilities. Its eternal theme, the joys and sorrows of everyday life on the other hand never changed. Why should it? All those who now want to impress Al & The Teenagers with the annoying retro stamp, ignore the real spirit of soul music. Al & The Teenagers just take their main influences from the heyday of this music and that’s only logical.

 

That sounds like Al Green enters Willie Mitchell’s Hi-Studio for the first time, as if Archie Bell committed an unknown band from Houston, the “Tsu Toronadoes” as his backing band and recorded the legendary guitar riff of “Tighten Up”, as if Issac Hayes conducted the Stax horn section , all that sounds like Northern Soul. That blueprint of dance music that was created on the northern english club scene, finding its way now throughout Europe, animating thousands of hipsters to some real acrobatic dancing.

I met Al & The Teenagers at a Soul Allnighter in Barcelona. They are fans, lovers of obscure african-american soul music from the 60’s and 70’s. They play what they love and you can hear that. They are funky without being “Funk”, smart without being mods and definitely the tightest live band I’ve ever seen live. Eventually they even made guest appearances as a backing band for a couple of forgotten soul singers, Dean Parrish and Tommy Hunt in my hometown. They played their own one hour program and then accompanied Tommy Hunt and Dean Parrish for another hour each, just to immediately be found on the dance floor after the concert was over to dance like there would be no tomorrow. Enthusiasm, energy, fun, and an attitude to life that is fed by their deep love for the vinyl singles of Stax, Atlantic and other more obscure 60’s soul labels. They are a leading part of the renaissance of soul music. The timeless, great soul music.

In a fair and better world, 2013 would be the year of Al Supersonic & The Teenagers, that’s for sure! Their second album, IT’S ALRIGHT! can easily compete with Sharon Jones and Nicole Willis. It’s filled with 11 three-minute masterpieces of danceable happiness and a heart-wrenching ballad. Granada is not just the Alhambra, the city can be proud of their sons and daughters Al & The Teenagers as well. Brown-eyed soul from Granada! And now, sit back, relax, park a drink in your hand and enjoy the swinging soul sounds of Al Supersonic & The Teenagers!

 

Lars Bulnheim, Superpunk, 2013

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