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Biography

The first things you notice are the voice and the space. That voice belongs to Nathaniel Rateliff, a man who’s earned the twang and hard-knock weariness that shines through on his Rounder debut. The space comes courtesy of producer Brian Deck (Califone, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse), who helped transform 8-track bedroom demos into miniature epics of contrast, beauty, and yearning. In ... Read more in Amazon's Nathaniel Rateliff Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Pgd
  • ASIN: B003BJO8HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once in a Great While
2. Early Spring Till
3. We Never Win
4. Brakeman
5. Longing and Losing
6. Oil & Lavender
7. Shroud
8. You Should've Seen the Other Guy
9. Whimper and Wail
10. Boil & Fight
11. When We Could
12. A Lamb on the Stone
13. When You're Here
14. Happy Just to Be

Editorial Reviews

The first things you notice are the voice and the space. That voice belongs to Nathaniel Rateliff, a man who's earned the twang and hard-knock weariness that shines through on his Rounder debut. The space comes courtesy of producer Brian Deck (Califone, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse), who helped transform 8-track bedroom demos into miniature epics of contrast, beauty, and yearning. In Memory of Loss is a stunning, heartbreaking sonic document from a singer-songwriter who's made his way from a childhood in Bay, Missouri (pop. 60) to the national stage. Rateliff's debut album is rooted in a bygone era. It's both fresh and classic, imbued with a melancholy nostalgia, the rough candor of rock `n roll's past and the warmth and earnestness of folk storytellers. These thirteen tracks, with their soulful minimalism, hint of the music he grew up on - Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, The Beatles ­- yet Rateliff is also at home in what may be called, for lack of a better term, the neo-folk revival. His voice is so confident that you can occasionally imagine the music dropping out entirely, a song propelled solely by Rateliff's a capella strengths ­- equal parts church spiritual and TV On The Radio riffing on The Pixies. This persistent troubadour has struggled and persevered to this point. Now, the wider world is ready for Nathaniel Rateliff.

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Lovely, yet simple melodies abound.
James N. Perlman
I have listened to this album more than anything I have ever listened to and that is saying quite a lot.
C. L. Stamm
It's also captures the strengths of Nathaniel and his band's approach.
R. Lister

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James N. Perlman on May 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First, as a reference point, please read the Editorial Reviews, as this is spot on and I feel no need to be redundant. Like no other album in quite some time, from its first note, this album draws one in to it's winter by the fire atmosphere. This is not background music. It is music to sit back and fall into. Besides the influences mentioned in the editorial review, at times, I hear a bit of James Taylor's tone in Rateliff's vocals although his vocal register reaches lower. There's more than some Greg Brown as well, for those familiar with him. Also, while the sound is not as astonishing as the Trinity Sessions, the feel is much the same in many places. When he does rock out, I hear some M. Ward, Post War. Lovely, yet simple melodies abound. And, while there are more instruments at times, there's more than some Springsteen's Nebraska. Please, don't be misled by the numerous influences listed. Because, just like Springsteen, where the influences were just about every great rocker who preceded him, Rateliff possesses his own distinct voice and sensibility. This guy knows what he is doing! A great album by any standard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on April 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
After reading a brief interview with Rateliff in this months Q magazine I thought I'd give his album a try and I have to say I am thoroughly glad I did.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williamson on November 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
What a refreshing album, something a bit different, mainly a great voice and acoustic guitar but with additional harmonies. lovely, a great late night record.
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By greenerthanever on January 28, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
This album is the first I've heard of Nathaniel Rateliff, but I feel like I've known him awhile. He writes simply and beautifully--he's not using words that make little sense just because they rhyme, nor is he trying to impress you (but this is the very reason he does impress me). His simplicity is so refreshing that this is one of my few go-to albums when I come home from a long day. "Once in a great while" is somber and reflective, while "You should have seen the other guy" is just plain fun--his songs span different states of being, but they are woven together by simple guitar and genuine, refreshing lyrics. If you like the Avett Brothers, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Chris Knight, you'll find joy in Nathaniel Rateliff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Priebe on October 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Nathaniel Rateliff has a wonderful voice and is an amazing lyricist, this album is so heartfelt and emotional. He tells such vivid stories that you feel as if you are right there watching the scenes unfold. Unfortunately there are no samples of his songs on here, but check him out on youtube- Early Spring Till, You Should've Seen the Other Guy, and Oil & Lavender. I would venture to say that Nathaniel Rateliff is going to be huge within the next few years, he is an amazing talent who rates right up there with Ray Lamontagne or Bon Iver. Beautiful album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ATHall on August 1, 2010
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
This album is great, it's mellow but not somber. Upbeat but not overpowering. I picked up his CD after seeing him open up at a concert and glad I did- I'm really surprised he isn't more popular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Malik on December 9, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Mr. Rateliff is one of America's preeminent songwriters and this long-awaited debut is evidence of that. I agree with the other reviewer that Mr. Rateliff has worked for and deserves more attention than that which has been given him. But greatness is greatness and, eventually, Mr. Rateliff will no doubt shine.
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