Nathaniel Rateliff: And It’s Still Alright review – a mixed bag of Americana

(Stax)
The rock journeyman goes it alone with a grief-imbued album that treads a thin line between meaningless and profound

Nathaniel Rateliff had been around the houses before people started taking notice: an album apiece with Lost in the Flood and his own group, the Wheel, and two solo albums. Then, with nothing left at stake, he formed the Night Sweats and started recreating the sound of vintage southern soul, and people really did start taking notice: SOB, an irresistible drinking song about problem drinking, will doubtless haunt him for the rest of his life.

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