Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
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2010 release, the third album from the Vermont-based Rock outfit fronted by multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter. The band blends funky Blues, Soul and Rock influenced by bands from the '60s and '70s. Unlike other modern singer/songwriters, Grace has guts, gusto and knows how to Rock with the help of her ace band The Nocturnals. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers.
|Audio CD Release Date:||June 08, 2010|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 128 reviews|
|1. ||Paris (ooh la la)|
|4. ||Goodbye Kiss|
|5. ||Tiny Light|
|7. ||Only Love|
|9. ||One Short Night|
|10. ||Low Road|
|11. ||That Phone|
|12. ||Hot Summer Night|
|13. ||Things I Never Needed|
|Average Customer Review: ( 128 customer reviews )
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39 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Great Music Period Sep 15, 2010
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have crafted a truly thrilling album. The tracks that rock--"Paris (Ooh La La)," "Medicine," "Only Love," and "Hot Summer Night"--do it like an earthquake. Potter may be working a sparkly skirt but her musical heft is all muscle shirt, jeans and big nasty boots. Thus, proving that what you wear ain't the point. This is music that is genuine, tight and has just enough grit to make cries of "slick" confounding. The band maintains equal fire power on quieter numbers like "Colors" and the stunning "Things I Never Needed." Perhaps my favorite track is "One Short Night" which combines a sexy mixture of rock and soul in a way that gets me grooving no matter where I'm at when I hear it. This is an album that is good from start to finish because it is filled with songs that have both structure and passion. These tracks come to rock and conquer and they succeed on every level.
72 of 79 found the following review helpful:
Screw the purist "fans" Dec 20, 2010
If there is one thing I can't stand it is a purist music snob. Someone who is so stuck on their own wants and expectations they don't let the artist do what they want to do with their own lives/ careers. This is a great album. It has great songs with great lyrics and powerful vocals. I personally commend any artist who tries something different. Who gives a crap if the artist is going for mass appeal. You people wining about the "overproduction" are the same ones wining that there is nothing on the radio worth listening to. Forget you. This cd freaking rocks. The first track, Paris, is sexy as hell. Oasis has beautiful lyrics and a cool vibe. I say Kudos for trying a different direction. I love her early stuff and I love this CD just as much. Buy it. If you like power vocals with power guitar you'll love this.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Don't hesitate. Sep 09, 2010
By B. Hamlin
Been following GPN for a few years now and have heard many of these songs live time and time again. SO thankful that everyone who may not have heard of this amazing group of talent now has the opportunity to get an album that arguably the best of the year. The band combines strong guitar, voice, and lyrics to create a sound that is unmatchable and straight up awesome. If you are thinking about it, or even reading these reviews...think no more and purchase this album.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Grace Rocks! Feb 05, 2011
By Dennis B
Gawd knows I luv the Blues, but I really like her new album. I own everything this woman has done and she hasn't diappointed me yet. The raw power of her voice seems to shine in everything she does. I can't believe anyone that likes her and her band would be dissapointed in her new album. To me this woman doesn't write bad music. She keeps writing and cranking out quality music. As a singer and a writer she is way under exposed and way under rated. Luv her!
15 of 19 found the following review helpful:
How come nobody has mentioned the lousy sound of this CD? Oct 03, 2010
By Richard D. Hodgson
Let me begin by saying that I do really like this band. I personally tend to prefer the earlier albums, but that's just a personal preference, and this album will probably grow on me over time. But its biggest problem is not with the music itself, it's with the production values of the disc. Overall, it sounds terrible to me. It's recorded far too loud, with far too much compression and audible distortion in places. I haven't noticed this problem on any of the other GP&N releases, but this one really does sound pretty awful. Sorry, but it does! What a waste. It could have been so much better.
For the last couple of decades the music industry has been fighting what's now referred to as a "loudness war" in which each album apparently tries to "out-loud" the others. The intent, of course it to make tracks from that album stand out on the radio or when played with other discs on "shuffle play". There is a general, though completely misguided, assumption that louder automatically sounds better. Years ago, when I sold hifi gear for a living, we found that folks almost invariably perceived a speaker that played louder to sound better, even though when the levels were equalized the louder speaker in reality often had inferior sound. Playing off of this phenomenon, the music industry now has a practice of using excess compression and outright loudness to presumably trick people into paying more attention. And the results have been abominable. Some albums from recent years have been almost painful to listen to for this very reason. This is nothing new of course, it's a practice used decades ago on 45 singles to make them sound better on jukeboxes and AM radio. But those days should be over and done with. Before you label me a crackpot, do a quick online search and you will find many articles from audio-oriented magazines and other sources; people who care about good sound have been complaining about this for years. You'll even find complaints about this very album from fans on the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals website. And the last time I looked they were being summarily dismissed. Such is the state of the music biz today.
Look, loudness is great. I happen to believe that playing most music loud is the best way to fully appreciate it. But ONLY if the sound is CLEAN. Over-the-top compression and distortion don't sound good at any volume. I really don't believe that the band intended for their latest release to sound this bad, and the fact that it does is really a crying shame. To quote myself from above, what a waste-- it could have been so much better. This is a great little band, and both they and their fans deserve better than this.
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