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Alternative & Indie - Released February 13, 2015 | RCA Records Label

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Existing at the intersection of the two major retro-roots movements of the new millennium -- the beehived, swinging '60s soul of Amy Winehouse and the bluesy roar of the White Stripes -- Elle King's debut, Love Stuff, feels like a record that should've happened prior to 2015. Surprisingly, King is the only musician to mine this territory but she's not quite stuck in the past, whether that means the 20th century source or the canny revivals of Winehouse and Jack White. She knows enough to thread in some echoes of the big-footed folk stomp of Mumford & Sons (not to mention a banjo she proudly brandishes in all her publicity material), a sound that comes to a crest on "America's Sweetheart." There, King claims she's not America's Sweetheart and she spends a good chunk of Love Stuff putting on those aggressive airs, swanning about like a spunky spitfire, a mean girl who goes where the devil don't go. A little of this rough-and-tumble schtick goes a long way, as do King's occasionally overheated vocals -- she works hard to prove she's tough and her eager swagger proves exhausting over the long haul. That said, what works on Love Stuff has considerable charm. When King walks a fine line between rock crunch and soul testifying, there's some fire: the swinging fuzz of "Ex's & Oh's," the spooky slow-grind of "Under the Influence," the blues stumble of "Last Damn Night" and "Jackson," where she ties all these sounds together. Such highlights suggests that when Elle King doesn't have to try so hard to prove her bona fides, she might wind up with a record that's hard to deny. For now, she merely has a promising debut on her hands. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2018 | RCA Records Label

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Through sheer persistence, Elle King turned her 2015 debut Love Stuff into a smash hit, working its lead single, "Ex's & Oh's," for over a year until it cracked the Billboard Top 10 and earned two Grammy nominations. "Ex's & Oh's" raised the stakes for Shake the Spirit, the sophomore set King delivered three-and-a-half years after her debut. From the moment "Talk of the Town" kicks off Shake the Spirit in a flurry of fuzz, it's clear King feels bolder than she did the first time around, allowing herself to break from the retro stylings that defined Love Stuff without quite abandoning vintage sounds and form. As the tracks spill out, what's striking about Shake the Spirit is the extent to which King embraces flashy modern flair, a move that telegraphs her confidence in her own authenticity: she believes in the heart pulsing within these songs, so she's content to let the recording dazzle. There's a reason for this. Shake the Spirit was written in the upheaval of the success of Love Stuff, a period that included a quickie marriage, rock star excess, and an abundance of soul searching, so the songs are filled with yearning and uncertainty, emotions that could be reasonably called the blues. Much of the album is blues, but it's strength lies within King allowing herself not to be confined by notions of purity. Some of this comes from her selection of producers -- Greg Kurstin, the Grammy Award-winning producer of Adele, who has also worked with Beck and Paul McCartney, is the marquee name here, among several other noteworthy helmers -- but King is responsible for the splashy, sultry sound of Shake the Spirit, one that conjures the past while being firmly focused on the present. Its sonic audacity is so bracing, it's relatively easy to forgive the lyrical stumbles, which crystallize on the dirty puns of "It Girl," but that's nearly beside the point because, unlike Love Stuff, Shake the Spirit never seems indebted to Elle King's idols. Instead, it embodies her own bold, bawdy heart. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 23, 2014 | RCA Records Label

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Pop - Released February 7, 2020 | S-Curve Records

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Pop/Rock - Released June 12, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 6, 2017 | Magical Thinking - RCA Records

Alternative & Indie - Released August 10, 2018 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 22, 2012 | Fat Possum

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 5, 2018 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2015 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released May 4, 2015 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 20, 2015 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 9, 2014 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 24, 2014 | RCA Records Label