The Lion The Beast The Beat
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The Lion The Beast The Beat

June 12, 2012

  Song Title
The Lion The Beast The Beat
Never Go Back
Parachute Heart
Loneliest Soul
One Heart Missing
The Divide

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  • Label: Hollywood Records
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  • Total Length: 45:38
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  • ASIN: B008723OJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,413 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Enjoyable (buy the Deluxe Edition) June 12, 2012
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Grace Potter and the Nocturnal's last album (selftitled) came out almost exactly two years ago. Since that time, the band has apparently been hard at work crafting more of their soulful genre-skipping blues rock. The band pulls influence from the past, but it is also forward-thinking in its use of tempo, timbre, and genre. While this blend of varying influences may sound esoteric, THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT does a good job of staying grounded by obeying many of pop music's conventions.

The album begins with the title-track, "The Lion The Beast The Beat," which turns out to be one of the most exhilarating track of the album. Opening relatively slowly before dramatically shifting gears into a rocking and thrilling hard-rock attack. The band seems to be operating at its best in this mode, as other ventures into country-tinged rock ("Parachute Heart," "All Over You" or Kenny Chesney-duet "Stars,") just don't quite stand up in comparison. "Timekeeper" is a bluesy, sorrowful ballad that really puts Grace Potter's vocals on display; throughout the album Potter does a great job of coming across as a fantastic singer, but never as overbearing or domineering. The band effortlessly shifts into the radio-ready (in the best possible way) "Turntable," and "Roulette" which are both catchy and infectious without appearing pandering.

While most of the lyrics here center on loneliness or sorrow, there's something confident about it. It's not depressing; instead, it feels passionate and triumphant.

The deluxe edition of this album contains 4 additional songs ("Roulette," "All Over You," "Stars (with Kenny Chesney)," and "Ragged Company (with Willie Nelson).
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace Potter And The Nocturnals Have Arrived! June 12, 2012
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I first became aware of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals when they performed at an event for my company last summer. I liked what I heard, and I gave their eponymous album a try. From what I understand it was a departure from their previous work, and The Lion The Beast The Beat is a continuation of their musical evolution. While Potter has a more dynamic voice, this album reminds me of Sheryl Crow's Globe Sessions (which I still consider to be her best) in the style of music. I think that they captured the essence of what made that album great without sounding derivative.

That being said let's get specific about the songs. For starters the opener/title track is interesting in many ways. The song is structured in three parts that have slightly different feels. It opens sparsely with understated vocals "I found the heart of a lion in the belly of the beast. And I held it in my hand and I could feel. I could feel, feel the beat." A tempo change follows as the "beat" is called forth. In the chorus Potter tells us that "Life is a record playing on repeat." The final section of the song starts over the final minute or so with violin flourishes layered in. Potter's vocal delivery is spot on, and this song sets a high bar for the remainder of the album.

The theme that runs through The Lion The Beast The Beat is one of loss, sorrow, and sadness. It's in the vocals "Timekeeper" - "I'm too young to be feeling this way", "Loneliest Soul" - "I'm the loneliest soul so leave me alone.", and "One Heart Missing" - "If love is made for two, there's one heart missing". Also "Stars" is one of the true ballads on the album, and it features a mournful guitar solo. Finally there is the blues rock song "Runaway" in which Potter simply asks "...let me go...
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The vinyl comes with free mp3 code. June 12, 2012
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This album has been highly anticipated in my area. I live in Vermont, and I've seen Grace Potter & The Nocturnals seven times.

I'm sure there's some concern among fans this album may lean country too much, given the popularity of last years duet with Kenny Chesney. I assure you it does not (not that there's anything wrong with that). Touches of country perhaps, but this is a rocker, just as Grace herself has become. I'm sure some fans of the folky first album didn't like the rock direction the following two albums took. I love it. A collision of Rolling Stones and Tina Turner.

First time I heard "Never Go Back" I was underwhelmed I admit. I was expecting heavier. But it's got a great/odd combination of blues and synth, and catchy as can be. The piano ballad "Stars" is really nice. If this album has a "Paris (Ooh la la)" it's probably "Runaway", another collaboration with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. I really like "Parachute Heart", but as much as I want to like "Turntable", it' The whole band sounds in fine form, and are clearly comfortable together. I do miss recently departed bassist Catherine Popper, but that may be more visually than musically.

The Lion, The Beast, The Beat tries to be all things. Pop, rock, soul, blues. Sometimes the mix of genres fails, but here it works. I'm gonna call it at least as good as the previous album. Cool artwork too.

This is also available as a deluxe edition with 4 bonus tracks, another track with Chesney and one with Willie Nelson. There's the 11 track vinyl LP too. Plus an exclusive Best Buy edition with a DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A-MAZING
I love Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and this record is definitely one I would recommend! It has such a great mix of songs and I keep it on repeat!
Published 1 month ago by kated007
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
I FLove this album! Whenever a song from this album comes on, I have to crank up the volume! Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will knock your socks off!
Published 2 months ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Just found this group.Saw their video and had to have this CD.
Great CD! Grace has the look, manner, style and voice to be along side Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and others that with the power of their voices, can pull you on stage with them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Rando
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock and roll band out there right now
There is not a bad song on this album. If you long for a new and shiny version of classic rock 'n roll, this band is the one you have been looking for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I purchased this when I did.
I purchased this when it was $25 I am glad I did because now it is going for about $80 from secondary sellers. Great quality. Love my Grace
Published 2 months ago by A. Kessler
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you've just gotta have the CD
I am an avid ITunes user, trying to save money by buying only the songs I like and not wasting an additional $10 for the whole "album". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars The whle Cd is good
This album has catchy songs with great lyrics. i especially love stars. Grace has a great voice. Not a bad song in the bunch
Published 5 months ago by Joanna Damons
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want
Its a creative and fresh album. Rock, pop, r&b, has elements of them all and it mixes together perfectly. The songs are well produced and have lyrics to match. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Chestnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock and roll!
I have kind of gotten away from rock & roll in recent years, but this group has stirred memories of good old R&R! I saw them on a Zac Brown special on TV and was sold!
Published 5 months ago by Arthur N. Sanborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Potter is Incredible!
On a lot of her songs, she sounds like a female John Mayer but with a little bit of an edge. Another great album from a great artist!
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