Friday, March 16th, 2018

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me

We hope the low score doesn’t affect your sleep too much, guys.


Alex Clifton: Songs like this have my number from that opening riff. I’m a sucker for catchy things, but sometimes riffs just hit a sweet spot that means I’m bound to listen to that song, err, thirty times in a row because I can’t stop myself — I need to envelop myself in it. It doesn’t all fit together as it wants to, though — the brass feels separate from the vocals feels separate from everything else. I also can’t help but wish there was more drama to match the moodiness of the lyrics (especially when comparing with other recent Americana hits like “The Joke”). I can forgive some for that piano line, but only some.

Iain Mew: For all the giving it big on emotions and promises to “leave it all out there” it’s a curiously small sounding record, with a production which sands off all the edges into into harmless fuzz. That leaves the prettiest moments as the best, but there’s a long way between them.

Alfred Soto: Nathaniel Ratelifff does have a worried burr. The piano part is suitably insistent. But he could just be mumbling into his beard.

Katherine St Asaph: Your band name is the Night Sweats, not the Perfectly Pleasant Days on the Porch.

Thomas Inskeep: Zac Brown Band x Dave Matthews Band = no, thank you. It’s like Rateliff and his appallingly-named band were engineered in a lab for maximum middle-aged summer festival impact.

Edward Okulicz: Comes out of the blocks in a rather lively, catchy fashion with the bass and piano having real energy to them. And then it spoils it by putting a grey song with an even greyer vocal on top of it. Rateliff’s pensive mumbling codes as “worried,” at least. The intro will be great bump music for some radio show or TV event coverage.

Anthony Easton: He says he leaves it all out there, but this song keeps it all in — the nostalgia, the awareness of form, the flirting without fucking, even the bellow of the voice. It’s such a pretty package, and so dull a result after the wrapping paper is carefully removed. 

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