In Memory Of Loss
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world's attention for his debut album 'In Memory Of Loss'.
Now I'm going to slow down for a moment. Pretty much anything
I might try to write in the next few paragraphs is not going to do
justice to a recording which has knocked me off my paws!
This is better than good, This is better than very good. I'd go as far
as saying that this is truly great music. It swoops straight down from
the air above and around you and connects directly with the heart.
Mr Rateliff hasn't got the most extraordinary voice in the world but
what he does with it wrings the last drop of feeling from each one
of the fourteen magnificent songs in this collection. Its a dark brown
(perhaps nearer to burnt sienna) instrument whose conversational
style brings a stirring authenticity to every word and every note.
Listen to 'Oil and Vinegar', before you delve deeper, for a poignant
taste of the subtle majesty of his craft. The hesitant lilting melody
and stripped-down arrangement reaches deep into an intensely
personal emotional world and quietly connects with something
far bigger and relevant to anyone with a lonely heart.
From bruised interiority to universality in a breath and a half.
There are more joys here than any one of us has a right to deserve.
Taking a few steps back, opening track 'Once In A Great While', with
its tinkling piano, haunting harmonica, violin, heavenly harmonies and
faltering vocal delivery, demonstrates compositional skill and
musical intelligence of the very highest order.Read more ›
I had never heard of this guy but bought the LP on a website recommendation because the guy is like Gregory Alan Isakov and yes there is a similarity and also like the excellent Sumner Brothers (but more tuneful)
A truely melodic and soleful record with great melodies and a nice variation to every track and lots of pathos .
To be very honest the title of the album "in memory of loss" gives you a feel of the mood of the record, all in all a truely great Americana record probably one of my favourites this year along with John Grant's "Queen of Denmark", Johnny Flynn's "Been Listening" and Perry Keyes "Johnny Ray's Downtown" so highly recommended then!
This album is played and replayed and replayed in my room to no avail, money well spent!
He offers up some well constructed and captivating acoustic music. Favourite tracks have to be `Early Spring Till' which has a wonderful chorus and sublime backing female backing vocals and `You Should've Seen the Other Guys' with it's beautiful acoustic guitar and harmonica.
This is definitely one of those albums that gets better with repeated listening and if, like me, you are impressed first time round, just wait until the 7th, 8th or 9th listen. Rateliff manages to give us beautiful music, intelligent lyrics and a unique feel that will have you hooked in no time and wanting more. This is one of my best finds of recent months and I heartily recommend it.
Feel free to check out the interview with Nathaniel on my blog, which can be found on my profile page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unfortunately not for me. Fell so in love with his latest album with the Night Sweats thought I'd explore the earlier stuff. Sad but we can't all be fans of everything!!Published 1 month ago by T. Cassidy
Very good first album from NR. A must listen too album as are his other 2 albumsPublished 5 months ago by Keith
I'd give this 10 stars if I could. A most extraordinary album.Published 6 months ago by dan the man
Good debut album. Sounds strange on first playing but it grew on me the more I listened to itPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This earlier album from Nathaniel Rateliff deserves repeated listenings to fully appreciate these quite wonderful yet at times melancholic songs.Published 8 months ago by English Gent
Nathaniel's music is truly unlike that of others. Songs written from the heart, with soul, beautiful lyrics and wow what a voice. Read morePublished 8 months ago by scoopy