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June 26, 2012 / jhsaeger

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Roar In Stunning The Lion, The Beast, The Beat

Two weeks ago, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released the crowning achievement in a seven-year career which has already encompassed three well-received studio albums and a relentless touring schedule: the enjoyable The Lion, The Beast, The Beat. Their fourth record, which has already landed The Lion, The Beast, The Beat within the Billboard 200, included contributions from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who co-wrote three songs with Potter the Nocturnals.
On The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, Potter herself wrote the remaining songs, alternating between contemporary country and a synth-less Stevie Nicks. Interestingly enough, it is the tracks on the record where Potter channels Fleetwood Mac’s enchantress where the Vermont native shines brightest as a songwriter, particularly “Parachute Heart,” “Never Go Back,” and “Timekeeper.”
            The Nocturnals have long-certified their credentials as musicians, but there are a handful of songs on the album where they infuse the record with energetic rock tracks that lean a bit towards Nashville. The record’s first track, where the album takes its title from, fits this style perfectly. Beginning with an introductory part that ties in Potter with dramatic percussion, “The Lion, The Beast The Beat,” put the singer into the center of the album before a few guitar chords kick the song, and the record, into full gear. Not to be left out is, “One Heart Missing,” where Potter lets everything hang out with the line, “My lonely heart is made for two, it beat too slowly without you.”
The Nocturnals also shined on the concluding track, “The Divide,” where Potter’s spine-tingling powerful vocals finish the album on an epic note as she defiantly states, “no I’m not running, I’m just stealing… time.”
The Lion, The Beast, The Beat is available as a digital download, vinyl, and a deluxe edition package complete with duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney.


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