The Lion the Beast the Beat

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The Lion The Beast The Beat
Studio album by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Released June 12, 2012
Recorded ?-October 2011[1]
Genre Roots rock, experimental rock, hard rock, funk rock
Length 45:43
Label Hollywood
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals chronology
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
(2010)
The Lion the Beast the Beat
(2012)

The Lion The Beast The Beat is the fourth studio album by American rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, released on June 12, 2012. The album debuted at 17 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart,[2] moving close to 25,000 units in its opening week.

Reception[edit]

Metacritic, a website which assigns television, music, and film an average score based on several reviews, gave the album a 70 out of 100, indicating positive reviews. Review website Consequence of Sound stated that "Potter’s vocals are gorgeous as always, but the overall tone of the Nocturnals has arguably changed — forgoing country for experimental rock, they’ve also successfully woven electronic influences into the mix".[3] The New York Times said that The Lion The Beast The Beat is "the fourth, and by far best, studio album by this band".[4] AllMusic, whilst calling the album overall a "creative leap" and Potter's melodies "solid", considered some of her lyric choices "...a bit clunky" and added that the band compensated with "passion, execution, and smart production choices and arrangements".[5]

Mickey Woods of Glamour magazine considered the album a mixed result, commenting "which I believe to be intentional". He also called the album "frenzied and scattered, but incredibly dynamic", complimenting the instruments and Potter's "totally electric" voice and compared her voice to Jefferson Airplane.[6] Review website PopMatters also gave the album a positive review, noting that Potter has the "vocal arsenal of a Greek God—part Joplin, part Boudica, all lethal weapon" and calling the album a "mischievously devilish quandary".[7] PremierGuitar.com also gave the album a positive review, complimenting several of the songs including the title track and the album a "collection of highly inspired songs to deliver a full range of foot-stompers, piercing hooks, and driving melody".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written and composed by Grace Potter, except where noted.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Lion The Beast The Beat"     5:26
2. "Never Go Back"   Potter, Dan Auerbach, Scott Tournett, Benny Yurco, Matt Burr 3:40
3. "Parachute Heart"     4:08
4. "Stars"     3:35
5. "Timekeeper"     4:39
6. "Loneliest Soul"   Potter, Auerbach, Tournet, Yurco, Burr 3:35
7. "Turntable"     4:01
8. "Keepsake"     3:34
9. "Runaway"   Potter, Auerbach, Tournet, Yurco, Burr 3:19
10. "One Heart Missing"     4:21
11. "The Divide"     5:20
Deluxe Edition Tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Roulette"   3:59
13. "All Over You"   3:32
14. "Stars (feat. Kenny Chesney)"   3:10
15. "Ragged Company (feat. Willie Nelson)"   4:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Potter - vocals, organs, guitar, tambourine, keyboards, pianos, synth bass, percussion
  • Scott Tournett - guitars, echoplex, keyboards, bass, lap steel, vocals, loops, noise, ambience
  • Benny Yurco - guitars, synth bass, vocals, sitar, echoplex, bass, ambience, noise
  • Matt Burr - drums, tambourine, vocals, percussion, trash cans, shaker
  • Michael Libramento - drums, bass, agogo bells, vocals, keyboards, tambourine, Moog bass
  • Dan Auerbach - Casio drum loop on "Never Go Back", vocals & hand claps on "Lonliest Soul"
  • Jim Scott - percussion on "Parachute Heart"
  • David Campbell - string arrangements on "The Lion, The Beast, The Beat", "Stars", "One Heart Missing" & "The Divide"
  • Alison Krauss - Background vocals on "Stars"
  • Kenny Chesney - Background vocals on "Stars"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Band". gracepotter.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Grace Potter - Chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Album Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – The Lion The Beast The Beat". Consequence of Sound. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  4. ^ "new york times review of the lion the beast the beat // Grace Potter and the Nocturnals". This Is Somewhere. 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Lion The Beast The Beat - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  6. ^ Woods, Mickey (2012-06-12). "Grace Potter's Wild Heart: Review of The Lion The Beast The Beat". glamour.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  7. ^ James, Matt (2012-06-13). "Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: The Lion, The Beast, The Beat". popmatters.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  8. ^ Jeffers, Tessa (July 2012). "Album Review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "The Lion The Beast The Beat"". premierguitar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03.