Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back with a follow up to their self-titled debut, the new album Tearing At The Seams.

The album begins with a soulful horn section and Nathaniel comes in with his gravelly-toned voice and sings us some Americana soul. This first track Shoe Boot is fun and classic Night Sweats, as you just imagine how much dancing you’d be doing at the live show – right off the bat. Be There is super reminiscent of the 1960’s soul tunes that we all still know the words to and has an incredible horn section as well.

Say It Louder is another track that really blends Rateliff’s Americana and soul sounds into a bouncy track that you can’t help but sing along to. Rateliff is and always has been an excellent songwriter and this is profoundly showcased on Hey Mama, in which a conversation between and a mom and son becomes quite revelatory.

Things slow down a bit midway through this fantastic album, with Babe I Know. It’s a beautiful track and you’ll be swaying in your chair as you listen. This is followed by the ironically titled Intro, which begins with a creepy laugh and segues into a ramped up and trippy horn section. The positive lead single You Worry Me is perhaps the most modern sounding song, on an album that is generally reminiscent of the late 1960’s. The record closes out with the title track and it’s a great showcase for Rateliff’s fantastic, soulful growl of a voice.

This is a great soul-infused Americana album. I really can’t wait to catch a live show by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I just think it would be a hell of a good time! It’ll be exciting to see how this group continues to grow and explore the sounds of their influencers.

Jake Krickhan


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