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  • Artist(s): Nathaniel Rateliff
  • Summary: The third full-length release for Nathaniel Rateliff and his band was produced by Brad Cook and R.M.B.(Rateliff, Patrick Meese, and James Barone).
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  1. Nov 5, 2021
    80
    By the time they close with the fiery Motown vamp "Love Don't," Rateliff and his band have covered a nice range of moods on what is their most diverse release yet.
  2. Uncut
    Nov 5, 2021
    80
    The frontman and his septet sculpt grooves and hooks that immediately grab hold. [Dec 2021, p.33]
  3. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2021
    80
    He covers old bases with new fervour, but there's so much happening, so much detail that it feels like a giant leap forward. [Dec 2021, p.92]
  4. Nov 5, 2021
    75
    Ultimately, the LP sees the band reveal a greater artistic depth, while also seeming to satisfy Rateliff’s own creative search during his solo endeavor.
  5. 70
    Ultimately, The Future represents another plateau for a band that’s quickly earned a stellar reputation for both verve and versatility. The Future draws on those accomplishments through a timeless tapestry that offers reason to rejoice.
  6. Nov 5, 2021
    70
    The Night Sweats often suggest a more wide-open, somewhat jam-band-y Rocky Mountain version of the Dap-Kings' funk-soul attack, and you can imagine The Future appealing equally to fans of Dave Matthews and Amy Winehouse.
  7. Nov 5, 2021
    60
    In an album of mixed results, there are enough brilliant moments that bode to a more meaningful lyrical side for Rateliff and his powerful band, which has a knack for infectious grooves and hooks.

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