If you’re not familiar with Nathaniel Rateliff, here’s a quick primer. He’s a talent. He writes amazing songs with enveloping stories that make you feel that you’ve lived through it all with him. His live shows are also something to be impressed with, having been featured on the first series of the Gentlemen of the Road tours in America in 2012, and also playing with Caitlin Rose, The Lumineers, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, and many more favourites from around the Thank Folk For That camp.
Falling Faster Than You Can Run may be one of my favourite album titles in recent memory. Right there, I was sold on this record, without ever hearing a note of it. Still Trying ends with the lyrics “I don’t know a goddamn thing,” which is something I personally can resonate with. I’m certain just about everyone can, in that moment where you realise that you’re better for getting it. Getting it in your head, and recognising that you just don’t know anything about life.
The album moves tempos with each song, but keeps what you hope for from Rateliff; the beat up, but always going to get back up feeling. Falling Faster Than You Can Run is a perfect follow-up to In Memory Of Loss – our record of the year in 2011. Personal favourites on the record are Still Trying, Nothing to Show For, and the title track, Falling Faster Than You Can Run.