AOTY 2018
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #450 / 706
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Based on 22 ratings
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stax / Label
Soul, Blue-eyed Soul / Genres
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With Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have distillated the ups and downs life throws at you into a vibrant collection of many-hued vignettes; some make you smile, some make you well up, and some make for the ideal accompaniment to good ol’ sauced-up revelry.


On Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats show off their hard work, their tightening as a band, and their high energy, irresistible performances.


The Night Sweats are at their best when the music reflects Rateliff’s own distinctive take on a musical style that has saved him, in more ways than one, from a less fortunate life. Tearing at the Seams doesn’t always reach those heights, but the music is exhilarating when it does.


Released two and years after their debut, Tearing at the Seams feels very much like a record worked out on the road. It's filled with high-octane grooves and gritty vamps, punctuated by the occasional moment of acoustic reflection.


When they get it right it, Tearing At The Seams is brilliantly authentic – there’s nothing nostalgic or gimmicky about it –  this stuff is timeless.

Rolling Stone

Even when he overshoots, Rateliff's restless throwback sound feels like it's moving toward real revelations.

The Observer

In places the results are stunning ... Some of the more introspective, low-key songs, however, and perhaps a clue as to why his earlier tilts at success came to nothing.

A Little Honey sounds just like "Benny and the Jets" and I could never get over that...Overall the album is kind of boring and tired...

Favorite Track: You Worry Me
Soon to be 40-year-old Nathaniel Rateliff had been hanging at the precipice of a struggling music career since his early 20s. The Denver, Colorado based blue eyed soul singer released four albums in six years under various guises with little to no success before finding the winning combination in 2013 when he put together the Night Sweats with long time collaborating multi-instrumentalist Joseph Pope III. In addition to Pope (bass) and Rateliff (guitar & vocals) this soulful 8-piece ... read more
I hate to start off my reviews with this, but if you were into Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats last album, you’re most likely going to be into this. There are a few noticeable improvements however. The production is much better here, and Nathaniel really puts a whole lot more focus on The Night Sweats instrumentals which is gold. Also, even though their contributions are minor I really enjoyed the backing vocals Lucius’ provided. Now, I still have an issue with some of ... read more
Really digging this album! Certainly a step forward from their previous direction, taking less of a more lo-fi approach to the production and providing more enjoyable tracks. Besides a little bit of a lull in the beginning of the record after Shoe Boot (awesome opener, love the horns), the songs on this album are very consistent and show improvement in the band's songwriting capabilities. Great album!
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Track List

  1. Shoe Boot
  2. Be There
  3. A Little Honey
  4. Say It Louder
  5. Hey Mama
  6. Babe I Know (feat. Lucius)
  7. Intro
  8. Coolin' Out (feat. Lucius)
  9. Baby I Lost My Way, (But I'm Going Home)
  10. You Worry Me
  11. Still Out There Running
  12. Tearing at the Seams
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Added on: January 10, 2018