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Beardy American folk and acoustic rock from Nathaniel Rateliff.
Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run 6/10
Out 27th JanuaryThis second album from Nathaniel Rateliff is a collection of frank, heartfelt and self-reflective tales of the usual folk fodder, love, life and everything in between. The opening track
Still Trying has a strong Bon Iver taste to it, a slightly less grungier, vocoder version, but the similarities are there on this track and throughout the album. There is also a little bit of Colin Hay buried between the acoustic guitars and gentle melodies. It is one of the more memorable tracks on the album and it shows the depth and range of his growly voice. The vocals on
I Am are lovely, there is a lot of soul and harmony to his voice, it is almost like you hear the heartache through his voice.
Falling Faster Than You Can Run falls into two main categories, a staple Americana acoustic rock and gentle acoustic strumming and there’s very little in between. The album is at its best on
Nothing To Show For, there’s energy, passion and it’s more up-tempo than the rest of the album. There’s also a bit of fire to
Labourman but after the strong opening tracks it slips into a rut of overly familiar folk, aside from being a soothing sound to the ears there isn’t any depth to it. After a few listens nothing really stands out or is particularly memorable. Vocally though Rateliff has a very powerful voice and he uses it well and it suits this folk style perfectly. Fans of Bon Iver, Iron and Wine and The Lumineers might find a lot to enjoy here.