"Trending" this week is a performance by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats from the Jimmy Fallon show. I admit, it was a roof raiser. Take a look.
Between that performance and the hype surrounding it, I once again tried kicking Lucy's football through the goal posts only to have her pull it away at the last second so I could fall on my ass.
Now it's not like me to be cynical-- I'll give you a minute to wipe your beverage off of your screen--but, I think just about any band with a modicum of musicality and a respectable amount of musical chops can get a crowd on their feet with some hands claps and some ol' time religious call and answer.
But how about a whole record? A mere 35 minutes of "we had our whole lives to write our debut" type record. Go and listen to it. It is yet one more example of examples, and nothing juicy enough to sink your teeth into.
Each song sounds as if one or all of the band members made a suggestion:
"Let's do one like Al Green."
"How about one like Otis Redding?"
"How about a gospelly thing?"
Many of the tunes sound like demos to me, as if the band was still unsure of what the finished product would sound like. The record does not sound complete. It became a bore by Track 5; nothing more than a pretty good idea waiting for a suit to send it back to the drawing board.
I do hope you keep your hate mail to a minimum. But I simply refuse to just toss out 5 star reviews like a t-shirt gun at a pep rally.
On a final note, I had lunch with two long time friends last week. Both lifelong music guys, who have been around the block and back. We all noticed, and agreed how annoying and frustrating it is, that there are no shitty reviews anymore. Everything in Mojo or Uncut, or what's left of Rolling Stone, gets 3 stars or better.
Not here, folks. And if you happen to disagree with my take on Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, please show a bit of respect and talk about the music and not my lawn.