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50 Best Albums Of 2015 #30

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Stax/Caroline)

R&B doesn’t have to mean the beige blandness of Sam Smith, he of the insipid James Bond theme tune. It can be applied equally to the gritty rock’n’soul of Nathaniel Rateliff.

On his new album, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the 37-year-old from Missouri hollers and testifies like a possessed cleric, preaching the gospel of excess, most notably on standout S.O.B., on which he roars: ‘Son of a bitch, give me a drink!

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