Nathaniel Rateliff Essentials
There's a celebratory verve pulsing through Nathaniel Rateliff's rhythms and grooves. His R&B-touched Americana and thoughtful folk tunes have asserted him firmly as a documentor of life's peaks and valleys since he emerged in the early '10s. Sweatin' along to the old-school funk fury and pumping bassline of “I Need Never Get Old” could wind anyone's clock backwards, and the earthy Southern-rock vibe of “Hey Mama” is dense with dreamy hope. Even a folky cut like “Don't Get Too Close” softly bounces with a heart-lifting acoustic strum.