All or Nothing 04. Paying proud homage to Memphis soul, Rateliff’s 2015 hit “S.O.B.,” propelled towards mainstream popularity by a thrilling Jimmy Fallon performance, helped him sell half a million copies of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, which was followed by 2018’s Tearing at the Seams. And It’s Still Alright Tracklist: 01. Trump Talks of ‘Leaving the Country’ if He Loses. Time Stands 09. And It’s Still Alright the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain, and, hopefully, past it into something like solace. Tonight #2 06. 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. Usually, though, Rateliff is too much of an innate crowd-pleaser to let the music get too dire, even if it would be within his rights to do so. He often follows his dispirited heart into lovely melodic turns, as on the title track, a soft front-porch lope shaded by pedal steel and organ. Watch the Osbournes Go Ghost Hunting in ‘Night of Terror’ Trailer, Ice Cube Tries to Explain What in the Hell He Was Thinking, Watch ‘SNL’ Flip Between Joe Biden, Donald Trump ‘Dueling Town Halls’, Matt Berninger Is a Master of Gloomy Beauty on ‘Serpentine Prison’, RS Recommends: Nineties Indie Rock as it Happened in the Pages of ‘Puncture’, Machine Gun Kelly Reinvents Himself as a Pop-Punk Whiner – and it Works. Rateliff’s latent genre slipperiness comes through on his new album, a solo set recorded sans the Night Sweats that turns away from soul music into a much more somber setting as he processes a divorce and the death of his friend, the musician-producer  Richard Swift. “You Need Me” has an acoustic melody akin to Jackson Browne’s depressive classic “These Days,” with Rateliff singing “I’m the only one left on the sinking boat,” while still managing to salve his sentiment with a refrain of sweet “doo doo doo”s. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. The first sound we hear on the record is pretty acoustic and slide guitar, both played by Rateliff, and muted finger snaps, leading into a song about the final dissolution of his marriage delivered with admirable grace and equanimity. A big bearded white guy from Colorado, he broke out singing brawny soul music with his band the Night Sweats. Rateliff had previously tried his hand as an alt-rocker and singer-songwriter, so it was charming to see him rumble into his lane, even if it seemed a less likely one than his previous attempts at finding the right sound. The Colorado soulman tones down for a solo set that deals with loss and suffering.

© Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. The record’s final song “Rush On” is desolately primal; Rateliff’s afflicted wail is starkly visceral, answered by banshee peels of distant guitar. Similarly, “You Need Me” has an acoustic melody akin to Jackson Browne’s depressive classic “These Days,” with Rateliff singing “I’m the only one left on the sinking boat,” while still managing to salve his sentiment with a refrain of sweet “doo doo doo”s. What a Drag 02. Harry Nilsson and the Van Morrison of Astral Weeks come through as influences throughout the LP, as if Rateliff is searching for comfort in beloved bedrock sounds. But it's still alright They say you learn a lot out there How to scorch and burn Gonna have to bury your friends Then you'll find it gets worse Standing out on the ledge With no way to get down You start praying for wings to grow Oh, baby, just let go I ain't alright, you keep spinning out ahead It was cold outside when I … 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. Sign up for our newsletter. In This Article: Nathaniel Rateliff. Expecting to Lose 05. We want to hear from you! Mavis 07. And It’s Still Alright the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain, and, hopefully, past it into something like solace. And It’s Still Alright 03. Get all the lyrics to songs on And It’s Still Alright and join the Genius community of music scholars to learn the meaning behind the lyrics. The songs are built around his thick, tender voice and acoustic guitar playing, “They say you learn a lot out there, how to scorch and burn / Gonna have to bury your friends and then you’ll find it get worse,” sings Rateliff, who often seems to be singing in a kind of dialog with his dead friend. The title of Americana artist Nathaniel Rateliff's latest solo LP, And It's Still Alright, suggests that there's joy after pain, but the record's contents also note that the opposite is true. At times the music can be equally despondent; “Tonight #2” evokes the Leonard Cohen of Songs of Love and Hate, as Rateliff’ leavens Cohen-esque vocal cadences with his own welcoming Rocky Mountain warmth. He often follows his dispirited heart into lovely melodic turns, as on the title track, a soft front-porch lope shaded by pedal steel and organ. You Need Me 08. Nathaniel Rateliff was one of the more surprising success stories of the 2010s, a decade that full of strange ones. Want more Rolling Stone?

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