What goes into the making of a great album? In the case of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ latest effort, Tearing at the Seams, some old analog equipment, a dynamic horn section, and producer Richard Swift behind the glass seem to be a good place to start.
Rateliff’s latest two albums with The Night Sweats are shining examples of timeworn songs captured in modern production. This time around, the band retreated to the deserts of New Mexico to write and afterwards found themselves recording at Richard Swift’s home studio in Oregon. Being a long-time singer-songwriter, Rateliff simply knows what it takes to pack a lyrical punch. Throughout this album, he injects the introspection that you’ll find on his earlier solo records.
Right away, the new album kicks off with tight drum grooves and growly bass lines. From the wailing horn bends of “Shoe Boot” to the intimate acoustic lines in “Hey Mama,” things never stray from the warm, energized tone that the seasoned writer so effortlessly pulls off. Rowdy and rebellious, the band rides a fine and self-defined line between flavorful soul and edgy Americana, making every song feel fresh, yet familiar.
Logistically, it seems that Rateliff essentially created the album he wanted to make. On the 12-track edition of the album, you’ll find the first released single, “You Worry Me,” cued up tenth and a hot, up-tempo track christened “Intro” in slot number seven (assumedly to kick off the vinyl’s B-side). In his full performance live on KEXP radio, he discusses the tension between creating new material for both himself and his fans. Check that out here:
After one listen through, it’s fair to say that Nathaniel Rateliff is not in the business of writing hits – he writes classics.
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