Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (album)

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Studio album by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Released June 8, 2010
Genre Roots rock, hard rock, rock and roll
Length 51:09
Label Hollywood
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals chronology
This Is Somewhere
(2007)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
(2010)
The Lion the Beast the Beat
(2012)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is the eponymous third studio album by American rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, released on June 8, 2010. The album is the band's first release since the inclusion of two new members, rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco and bassist Catherine Popper.[1] The album was originally titled "Medicine" after the third track on the album, and was promoted as such in numerous interviews and early reviews,[2][3] but was changed shortly after the replacement of producer T-Bone Burnett in favor of Mark Batson.[4][5] The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums for the week ending June 13, 2010, easily their career high debut.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Grace Potter and Mark Batson, except where noted.

  1. "Paris (Ooh La La)" (Potter) - 3:15
  2. "Oasis" - 4:41
  3. "Medicine" (Potter, Matt Burr, Scott Tournet) - 4:06
  4. "Goodbye Kiss" (Potter) - 3:33
  5. "Tiny Light" - 4:43
  6. "Colors" (Potter) - 5:15
  7. "Only Love" - 3:22
  8. "Money" (Potter, David Poe) - 2:54
  9. "One Short Night" (Potter) - 3:50
  10. "Low Road" - 4:39
  11. "That Phone" - 3:18
  12. "Hot Summer Night" - 3:22
  13. "Things I Never Needed" (Potter) - 4:11
  14. "Fooling Myself" (iTunes Bonus Track) (Potter) - 5:25


  • The songs "Paris (Ooh La La)" and "That Phone" were used in the CW show Hart of Dixie (2011).
  • "Paris (Ooh La La)" and "Hot Summer Night" were used in an episode of MTV hit TV show "Awkward" (2011).
  • "Paris (Ooh La La)" was used in a Rizzoli & Isles commercial.

Personnel[edit]

The Nocturnals[edit]

  • Grace Potter - Vocals, guitar (tracks 1 and 9), piano (tracks 6, 8 and 13), organ (tracks 2-12)
  • Scott Tournet - Guitar, lap steel (tracks 4, 8-9 and 13), loops (track 3), harmonica (track 4), vocals (track 3)
  • Benny Yurco - Guitar
  • Catherine Popper - Bass guitar
  • Matt Burr - Drums, percussion (track 3)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mark Batson - Piano (tracks 5 and 11), drum machine (track 8), hand claps (track 12), string arrangement (track 6)
  • Janna Jacoby - Violin (track 6)
  • Kathleen Robertson - Violin (track 6)
  • Thomas Tally - Viola (track 6)
  • Peggy Baldwin - Cello (track 6)

Critical reception[edit]

The album was released to generally favorable reviews, scoring a 63 on metacritic.[6] Billboard magazine gave the album a positive review, stating that "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' new self-titled release finds frontwoman Potter and her band in full bloom, hammering out hook-heavy rock tracks with a confident, natural sound."[7] Giving the album three out of five stars, Rolling Stone magazine comments, "Potter's youthfulness can make for flower-soup lyrics but backlit by a no-nonsense band that massages Memphis grooves, light rock and pinot-noir reggae, it all bursts with promise."[8] The Guardian enjoyed the band's harder rocking songs while criticizing some of the slower ones. The Guardian remarks that "[g]enerally, the bluesy, Southernised rockers (Medicine, Only Love) make more of an impression than the power balladry (Colors), while an anomalous wallow in country-rock sentimentality (Things I Never Needed) feels like it was tacked on because they realised they needed a slow one."[9]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
American Music Channel 4.5/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
New York Post 4/5 stars[12]
Boston Herald 9/10 stars[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 19
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[14] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brent's Notebook: More togetherness from Grace Potter". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Grace Potter at Bonnaroo 2009". Weekly Dave Speak. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Grace Potter New Album Info". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "T Bone Burnett Out Mark Batson In". Weekly Dave Speak. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Evolution Of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals debut". Avexa. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  7. ^ Skripnikov, Ilya (25 June 2010). "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals"". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Dolan, Jon. "Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (June 29, 2010). "Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals". The Guardian. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Ramey, Emily. "Grace Potter & The Nocturnals". American Music Channel. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Aquilante, Dan (10 June 2010). "Review: Vermont group reaches peak". New York Post. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Gottlieb, Jed. "Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals". Boston Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  14. ^ a b V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra, S. T. Erlewine, eds, All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues (Backbeat, 3rd edn., 2003), ISBN 0-87930-736-6, pp. 700–2.