Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff
Album: Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Label: Mod y Vi
Tracks: 11

Nathaniel Rateliff’s album „Falling faster than you can run“ puzzles me a bit. It’s one of the few albums that I am not quite sure what to think of. It’s an interesting album, an album that is worth listening to and an album that demands listening to as well. You can’t just let it be played in the background. If you take your time for listening you will be rewarded by thoughtful, soulful and rhythmical music.

The instrumentation is diverse and gives a good variety to the overall sound. It adds to my impression of an interesting album. What also makes it an interesting album is the diversity of genres that can be found on it – there is folkrock („Nothing to Show for“), there are acoustic, vocal-focussed good simple songs („When do you See“), even a bit of swing (Right On“) to be found on it.

Rateliff’s vocals need some time to get used to – they are sometimes guttural, sometimes nasal, sometimes very powerful. At times Rateliff’s singing sounds a bit like screaming emotionally as e.g. in „Nothing to show for“. I was slightly reminded of Glen Hansard’s way of singing in an emotional, seemingly desperate manner. I find Rateliff most convincing in these parts.

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