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Blues Round-up: September 2015

Album Review

Henry Yates on new releases from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Malted Milk & Toni Green, Geoff Everett, Erja Lyytinen and Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Call it a happy accident. When Colorado folkie Nathaniel Rateliff came off the road from 2013’s strummy Falling Faster Than You Can Run, he started writing tooth-rattling, throat-shredding soul cuts “just for the hell of it”. Eleven songs later, he had a set strong enough for Stax to pick it up. This cracking debut with seven-piece band The Night Sweats runs with the Memphis label’s spiritual baton, from the jittery, Rescue Me brass of I Need Never Get Old to the handclaps, barber-shop harmonies and howled vocal that makes S.O.B the party-starting fulcrum.

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