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Singer-songwriter's third solo album features "And It's Still Alright," "What A Drag"
His first studio album since 2018's Tearing At The Seams
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Americana-soul notable Nathaniel Rateliff will release his first solo album in almost seven years, And It's Still Alright, on February 14, 2020 via Stax Records.
The feel of the new record, for which Rateliff had been focusing on an unraveling relationship, took a different turn in July 2018 with the death of Richard Swift. His longtime friend and producer of the two hugely-acclaimed albums by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats thus gave poignant inspiration to these ten new songs, on which, now in his solo voice, Rateliff wears his grief and doubt on his sleeve, but always retains a sense of optimism.
The tracks on And It's Still Alright are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul with which the Night Sweats made their name, but have the same urgency and indelible appeal, exploring themes of love, loss and perseverance. The title track, written by Rateliff specifically about Swift, exudes a haunting grace and acceptance, and features a Rett Rogers-directed video.
"I think I always want to see hope in the darkness, and I like to try to share that," says Rateliff. "I always try to write from a perspective of trying to approach everything very honestly, even if it leaves me vulnerable. But overall, it's almost like I'm a different character when I'm writing for myself.
"I think this album is a reminder that we all go through hardship, but regardless of the hardship everything ends up where it's supposed to. I still continue to live, and I still continue to find joy. I think that's the theme of the record."
|1. What A Drag|
|2. And It’s Still Alright|
|3. All Or Nothing|
|4. Expecting To Lose|
|5. Tonight #2|
|2. You Need Me|
|3. Time Stands|
|4. Kissing Our Friends|
|5. Rush On|