Posted: June 28, 2018 in MUSIC
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff  & The Night Sweats will return with their latest album Tearing at the Seams this year, setting their sophomore album for a March 9th release on Stax Records. Lead single is an inviting, upbeat anthem that opens with a simple and steady piano line, expanding to encompass a minimalist guitar riff, marching bass and Rateliff’s wonderful warm vocals. “I’m gonna leave it all out there,” he promises, his understated delivery doing nothing to dull the song’s infectious energy. It’s a real pat-on-the-back of a track, a fortifying reminder that, in the face of life’s many obstacles, all we can do is “find a way to cross.”

Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats‘ second album, came out in March on Stax Records. That’s fitting: It’s grounded in the soul music of Otis Redding, the Mar Keys and Booker T and the MGs, where the Hammond B-3 and a tight, expressive horn section are the most important instruments. Rateliff shows his influences proudly — soul, along with the soul-inspired rock of Leon Russell, Van Morrison, the Allman Brothers Band and The Band. But the record is not a period piece — the live, reverb-heavy production by Richard Swift keeps it in the present.

It’s not just groove: Rateliff’s passionate voice and honest songs are the heart of the record. His gospel-style vocals are tucked into the band, but when the lyrics jump out, they offer up little pearls of wisdom. The standout is “Hey Mama,” a tribute and a heartbreaker to a mom who had to tell her boy that life will never be easy: “You ain’t gone far enough to say / At least I tried / You ain’t worked hard enough to say / My legs have failed.” Honest, open-hearted music.


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