Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats “Tearing at the Seams”
The second studio album from the Denver-based rock and soul outfit proves the band is an act to follow. Exhilarating music and honest lyrics shine bright on Tearing at the Seams as they cement themselves firmly in the music world.
In 2015, the band release their self titled debut album to critical praise. The band’s vintage soul sound that resonated with audiences on tracks such as “Howling at Nothing” and the barroom hit “S.O.B.” became radio staples that sent the band into the limelight and on people’s radars. Now, three years later, the band has followed up their debut with a new album and higher expectations to meet.
The album opens with the largely instrumental “Shoe Boot,” and it’s clear from the start that Rateliff has gone for a lesser raw sound than his previous album. The track opens with a baritone sax, an infectious drum beat, and horn section that make the track a perfect intro for walking into any room. The listener is immediately transported back in time and from then on the album takes you on a soulful journey.
The Hammond organ and horn section are more prominent on the album. While the band maintains their footstomping vibe, the album features less guitar solos and more rhythmic, trembling guitar sounds and a groove that will make it impossible for you to sit still. Perhaps the highlight of the album are Rateliff’s lyrical skill matched with his growling, gravely voice. Tracks such as “Babe I Know,” the country-soul track “Hey Mama” (which Rateliff pens to his mother), and the cautiously optimistic track “You Worry Me” highlight the singer’s heartfelt lyrics mixed with his anguish-like vocals to make some of the most honest music around today.
While the album does have its somber moments, the band manages to keep the mood high with rollicking and rambunctious tracks such as “Intro” (which could almost pass as a lost Sly and the Family Stone number), “Be There,” and “A Little Honey” showcase the band’s now signature soul-revival sound. And while there many acts around today that imitate the soulful sounds of the 60’s, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats stand out from the rest. Between Rateliff’s distinctive vocals, honest lyrics, and backed by some of the finest musicians, the Night Sweats show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The band is currently slated to tour the states this summer with the Head and the Heart and Deer Tick opening on select dates. Check out the dates below to see if the band is hitting your town! You can order your copy of Tearing at the Seams here
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 2018 Tour Dates:
05/05 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/08 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore *
05/09 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz *
05/11 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company *
05/12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater *
05/14 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/16 – Washington, DC @ Anthem
05/18 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
05/19 – Montreal, QC @ MTelus
05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island #
06/02 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater #
06/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica #
06/05 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
06/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann Center
06/08 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion $
06/09 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium %
08/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
08/05 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
08/07 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre
08/09 – Missoula, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/10 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheater
08/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
08/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
08/22 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
* = w/ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
# = w/ The Head & The Heart
$ = w/ Deer Tick
% = w/ The Head & The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ w/ Tank and the Bangas