11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having built a reputation as an expert in emotionally raw folk, Missouri-born musician Nathaniel Rateliff loosens his buttons and seriously cuts loose on an outrageously enjoyable debut with his soul band. “Howling at Nothing” is all strutting drums and Rateliff’s, thick, powerful growl while “Shake” salts their dive bar blues with an appealing dose of come-hither country rock. But it’s “S.O.B.” that provides the album’s most potent moment—a bourbon-drenched riot of honky tonk, harmonies, and handclaps that sees Rateliff, a onetime Christian missionary, very much take it to church.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having built a reputation as an expert in emotionally raw folk, Missouri-born musician Nathaniel Rateliff loosens his buttons and seriously cuts loose on an outrageously enjoyable debut with his soul band. “Howling at Nothing” is all strutting drums and Rateliff’s, thick, powerful growl while “Shake” salts their dive bar blues with an appealing dose of come-hither country rock. But it’s “S.O.B.” that provides the album’s most potent moment—a bourbon-drenched riot of honky tonk, harmonies, and handclaps that sees Rateliff, a onetime Christian missionary, very much take it to church.

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