Grace Potter & the Nocturnals : Self-Titled


With a sexually pleasing grunt, the third Grace Potter & the Nocturnals album lets you know right away that this time, things are being done Grace’s way.

Produced by Mark Batson (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band), co-writer of six of the 13 songs with Potter, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals introduces a newfound voice for the Vermont-based band’s latest configuration, which now includes bassist Catherine Popper and guitarist Benny Yurco. Grace has clearly found a way to strip the layers that were holding her back over the years. "Colors" captures the emotion in our country in November 2008 when a black man with the middle name of Hussein offered change to a country that was begging for it. "Oasis" seems like a duel-guitar driven inner mantra Potter repeats nightly to remind herself that no matter how long you wander through the desert of life feeling lost, an oasis can appear. Oh, and remember that grunt? Potter’s new-found voice also has an animalistic side. The Kinks inspired "Paris" is a demand for sex … now. There’s no story. There’s no emotional communication. Just sex. And rock and roll.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is aggressive. It is dirty. It is unapologetic in its swagger. It is everything a self-titled album has to be. If you are going to name the album after the band, it better mirror the band’s heart and soul. This album does that and more. As Potter jokes, "We were a homegrown Vermont band for five years. Now we’re a national act that does not want to be f#$!ed with." Very true, and that might be the best way to describe this latest album.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is now June 8 on Hollywood Records.