And It's Still Alright

Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #598 / 692
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2020 Ratings: #902
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February 14, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

The 10-track record's title And It's Still Alright suggests that there's joy after pain, but the record's contents also note that the opposite is true.

80
Exclaim!

Steeped in heartache, pain and personal loss, this record is a slow burn that requires multiple listens in order to fully process and appreciate its artistry.

80
Spill Magazine

And It’s Still Alright is a solid album that will appeal to fans of Nathaniel Rateliff’s solo work and that of The Night Sweats. It is music that is unashamed of its own vulnerability, assured of the sound and vision it intends to bring to life, and above all, honest.

70
AllMusic

Both a poignant tribute to his friend and former collaborator and a weary meditation on love and death, And It's Still Alright cuts a curious balance between tender introspection and a playful sense of confidence he's carried over from the Night Sweats era.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Rateliff’s faced those feelings head-on and come out the other side with a meaningful album full of subtle beauty, and one that’s buoyed by the prevailing feeling of hope; hope that things will still be alright.

60
The Guardian
The rock journeyman goes it alone with a grief-imbued album that treads a thin line between meaningless and profound
60
The Independent

The opening half of And It’s Still Alright is pleasant enough ... But the songwriter doesn’t find his killer instinct until the album draws to a close.

60
Rolling Stone

In the end, what could be an album of well-earned indulgence ends up being as much about reaching outward than burrowing inward, rendering deep personal suffering with a humane light touch.

50
Pitchfork

If Rateliff is anything, it’s doggedly earnest. Whether he’s grinding out old-school soul with the Night Sweats or flying solo, he’s obsessed with the idea of authenticity: the idea that a song isn’t a song unless it can be convincingly played alone on an acoustic guitar.

TommyCook
82
What a pleasant surprise!

I was a big fan of the self titled debut album of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Particularly, I was drawn to Nate’s gruff voice. This album is folk inspired blues rock, but goddamn it’s great. Nate’s gruffness is on full display here, but with a crooney twist. I think the group have managed to make a fun, homegrown album. Some of the lyrics are pretty barebones, but that’s fine. It’s all sort of simple, but by the same vein, ... read more
JayCrackers
78
And It's Still Alright is Nathein Rateliff first solo album in 7 years and well it is very good even great at times. This album is such are heart-warming experience where Rateliff lets his lyrics and voice command the album whilst smooth country / blues melodies are in the background which just highlights his impressive vocals.

Track Review

What a Drag 8.5/10
And It's Still Alright 7.5/10
All Or Nothing 7.5/10
Expecting To Lose 8/10
Tonight #2 7.5/10
Mavis 8/10
You Need Me 7.5/10
Time ... read more
75
Solid. Classic folk mixed with some fun new elements (orchestra in All Or Nothing for example). Great record to bring us into spring time.
Valeyard
70
Good in it's genre
74
Having discovered Nathaniel Rateliff back in 2008 after the release of the album Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel: 'Desire and Dissolving Men' (not to be found on AOTY,) its been pretty cool to see his journey from this obscure Denver somber, singer-songwriter , to a soulful, gospel, rock star. Now back to his roots on this new release, i feel my folk itch being scratched again, but only somewhat.

His work with the Night Sweats, while good in its own right, has never really grabbed me the way ... read more
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Track List

  1. What a Drag
  2. And It's Still Alright
  3. All Or Nothing
  4. Expecting To Lose
  5. Tonight #2
  6. Mavis
  7. You Need Me
  8. Time Stands
  9. Kissing Our Friends
  10. Rush On
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Added on: January 18, 2020