"This collective of musicians breaths new life into established formats": Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' lineage stretches out on South Of Here

Old forms given new life for the modern age on Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' fourth album

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The fine line between contemplation and navel gazing has always been a difficult balancing act to achieve, but here Nathanial Rateliff, ably backed by the soulful Night Sweats on their fourth studio album, does so without the use of a safety net. 

And that this collective of musicians does so by breathing new life into established formats is to be applauded. With a lineage that stretches back to the cosmic Celtic soul of Van Morrison, Rateliff’s storytelling confronts his own doubts and perceived shortcomings

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The rollicking David And Goliath grows in stature with the band pumping up as Rateliffe sings ‘The sun can’t shine for me every day’ with the realisation that good times come with the bad. 

The barroom waltz of the title track looks to a brighter future, while the yearning Remember I Was A Dancer is a reconciliation with the past that results in blue-eyed soul for grown-ups.

Julian Marszalek

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.