Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, ‘Hey Mama’ | Track Review
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats return with “Hey Mama,” the second single from their sophomore album, ‘Tearing at the Seams.’
After dropping promo single “You Worry,” Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats return with their second single of 2018, “Hey Mama.” Both songs appear on Tearing at the Seams, the band’s sophomore album, which arrives March 9, 2018. Like “You Worry,” “Hey Mama” offers numerous pros.
“Hey Mama” has a clearly defined identity from the jump. It successfully mixes folk, Americana, country-rock, and soul. Put those four genres together, and it’s nothing short of a thing of beauty. The vibe of the record is excellent, accentuated by the mix of guitars and organ. Nathaniel Rateliff delivers assertive, gritty vocals, as we’ve come to expect. As a frontman, he possesses ample personality, which he delivers vocally. Arguably he’s a bit predictable, but his vocal prowess can’t be denied. In regards to production, the use of horns is a selling point, particularly the saxophone, which amplifies the soulfulness of the record.
All in all, “Hey Mama” ends up being another strong record from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. It’s well-performed, and the arrangements and overall production are strong. Furthermore, Rateliff continues to bless us with his commanding, powerful instrument. Does “Hey Mama” come off as game changing? No, but it is worthwhile – certainly worthy of some spins.