Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #471 / 735
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2018 Ratings: #305
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

75
Paste

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
musicOMH

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.

60
Rolling Stone

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

60
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.

RakkSmells
58
[Genre: Blue-eyed Soul]

I just don't think this type of stuff is for me, tbh. I just find it way too repetitive for my taste and it's probably something I'll never come back to ever again in my life. Was it well-performed? Yes. Did it have highlights? Of course it did. Was the production fantastic? Yeah. But personally, it's not something I see myself returning to much.

favourite tracks: A Little Honey, Hey Mama, Intro, Tearing At The Seams
least favourite: Don't really know, they all sound ... read more
dblake22
70
Better than the group's first record, but still nothing suuuper crazy.

FAV TRACKS: Hey Mama, You Worry Me, Tearing at the Seams, Say it Louder
middleagedmale
75
a true summer record.
76
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
DukesAtmosphere
80
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
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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