ALBUM REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats – The Future | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.11.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with so many records of the present, the effects of the pandemic are evident in The Future. Tracks like Survivor and I’m On Your Side resonate with a bleak period that has affected so many. Nonetheless, this latest offering maintains Nathaniel Rateliff’s soulful Americana sound and both opening track The Future and Love Don’t channel his more upbeat nature.

The true depth of The Future, though, shines with impassioned tracks like Oh, I and Face Down In The Moment, setting this record apart. Rateliff’s heartfelt tones come alive when the instrumentation is stripped away, particularly on Oh, I. The Future demonstrates a step up in class for Rateliff, with soulful grooves evident throughout, it feels effortless. An exceptional record.

 

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