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Format: CD
Sku: 231018680
UPC: 050087282134
UPC 14: 00050087282134
Release Date: 6/12/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Lion the Beast the Beat, The
2. Never Go Back
3. Parachute Heart
4. Stars
5. Timekeeper
6. Loneliest Soul
7. Turntable
8. Keepsake
9. Runaway
10. One Heart Missing
11. Divide, The
12. Roulette
13. All Over You
14. Stars [Alternative Version]
15. Ragged Company
16. [CD ~ ROM Track]
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Rich Costey.
Muze PNote Recording information: Blackbird Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; Easy Eye Sound, Nashville, TN; Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, VT; Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA; Plyrz Studios, Santa Clarita, CA; Sound Room Analog, Burlington, VT; The Jungle Room, Glendale, CA; The Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles, CA; The Village, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Recording Studios.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Deedee Cheriel.
Muze PNote Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' self-titled 2010 album raised the band's profile. It traded heavily on their concert strengths, and while not perfect, it more or less shored up their reputation with fans and spread their rep globally. The Lion The Beast The Beat is a creative leap. With the band having enlisted producer Jim Scott, most tracks were cut live from the floor of his studio with strings, effects, and backing vocals added later. The sound here is big, sometimes bombastic, but never slick; it's wildly varied, too. Collectively, the songs have a very loose thematic link about the gray areas between perception and reality, looking at everything from relationships to time's passage. The title track contains the band's signature big guitars and drums roaring above an organ and strings. It nods -- without winking -- at the Go-Go's' "We Got the Beat." Dan Auerbach co-wrote and co-produced "Never Go Back," the album's first single. It's a tricky, quirky number with an off-kilter funk riff ? la mid-period Talking Heads. Its chorus is infectious and Potter's singing, alternately seductive and authoritative, grabs the listener by the throat. The ballad "Stars" looks directly toward country radio with its pedal steel and lilting hook. That said, it's warmer and more natural-sounding. Auerbach and Potter also co-wrote the Doors-influenced "Loneliest Soul," an uptempo groover with pulsing organ, slinky Rhodes, and a popping bassline that pushes it above imitation. The psych-tinged "Timekeeper" is an unlikely pop song, but its distinctly retro feel and Potter's exquisite vocal -- which is far more disciplined than on any previous recording -- are irresistible. "Runaway" is punchy, nasty, funky rock & roll -- one keeps expecting horns, but they never appear. Co-produced by Auerbach and Scott, it contains the former's feel for live distortion and the latter's layered ambience and dynamics, and combines them to great effect. The guitar break is smoking; it pushes Potter to her limit in response. The closer, "The Divide," is the set's best track. It's a slow-building, apocalyptic rocker, whose three guitars create menace and drama. They are balanced by a careening organ and a large string section, arranged to carry the proceedings from the abyss to transcendence. While Potter's melodies and hooks are solid on The Lion The Beast The Beat, some of her lyric choices are still a bit clunky. However, she and the Nocturnals compensate with passion, execution, and smart production choices and arrangements. With its exponential musical growth, this might indeed be the record that moves the band from the merely recognizable into the pop mainstream. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Jim Scott; Grace Potter

Engineer: Jim Scott; Kevin Dean

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Chesney
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Nocturnals (The)
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals ~ Nocturnals (The)
The Lion the Beast the Beat ~ Nocturnals (The)
The Lion the Beast the Beat [Deluxe Edition] ~ Nocturnals (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/12/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001773492
Music Label Name Label : Hollywood
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00050087282134

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.72)
- "THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT is Potter and company going full throttle, never more so than on the galloping title track, an epic road song built on a tribal beat that would make Phil Collins proud."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Potter,Grace & The
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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