Growly-voiced folk troubadour Rateliff’s certainly been through the mill in the three and a bit years since 2010’s In Memory of Loss.
“I don’t know .. a goddamn thing” he howls in opener Still Trying, and even when, on Right On, he’s entreating a lover (“Say you’ll come with me, we’ll leave here tomorrow..”) in almost jaunty fashion you can’t quite shake the feeling it’s all going to end in tears.
Musically he’s salt and pepper. One minute it’s all bluesy and heartbreaking, the next he’s giving Mumford and Sons a run for their money in the pounding folk stakes.
Falling Faster Than You Can Run is really quite lovely.
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