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Vermont-based singer/songwriter Grace Potter developed a following on the jam-band circuit. However, with each new album she's found a variety of methods to spotlight her powerful vocal abilities. Producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tedeschi Trucks Band) creates an interesting mix of settings, and Potter takes full advantage of them, reveling in the chance to be a hard rock singer, a pop singer, a country artist, and many variations in between. Unlike many artists who find one sound and stick with it for fear of being called inconsistent, Potter proudly tries on styles with abundant enthusiasm. Her talents are worth it. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach cowrote the album's first single, "Never Go Back," with the band and cowrote and produced "Loneliest Soul," so it sounds like The Nocturnals playing around at being The Black Keys. "Stars" showcases Potter pulling off a power ballad. "Parachute Heart" evokes a pop feel worthy of Neko Case. "The Divide" percolates until the guitars and strings send the track over the top.

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Best live performer that I have seen to date! Great album! Keep 'em coming!

The Nocturnals fell asleep???

They are going in the same direction as the Black Keys.. Went from that simple, classic sound to this modern mess of noise. I am quite disappointed. Also, like the Black Keys later work, there are a few songs that are worth a listen and even quite likable, but is the album as a whole any good? Not at all.

If you're looking for that perfect mix of modern music and rock'n'roll, check out MuteMath's Odd Soul album. Still my favorite release of the past year in real time. Makes this one seem pathetic.

no soul. none.

I am really disappointed in this album, it is so overproduced and lacks the soul that her previous albums had. It just sounds like everything else that is on the radio. I hope that this pop stuff is just a phase and that she and the Nocturnals will get back to their roots; rock, blues and that powerful voice. They are way too talented to settle with this crap. I want the old Grace back!!!


Genre: Rock

Singer, songwriter, and Hammond B-3 player Grace Potter grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont, where she began playing piano at the age of seven; informed by her parents' extensive collection of some 4,000 LPs, she was gigging out locally by her late teens. She met drummer Matt Burr at an open-mike session while both were attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in 2002, and the two formed Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The band, by then a trio with the addition of Scott Tournet on guitar,...
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