Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
The Lion The Beast The Beat (Hollywood) is the follow-up to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ self-titled 2010 major label debut. But rather than return to its more straightforward roots rock approach, this new set of songs is a chance for Potter and co-producer Jim Scott to shake things up a bit. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys gets tapped as a co-writer with his most notable contributions being the funky “Never Go Back” and its jittery drumbeat and airy synth washes and “Loneliest Soul,” which has a psychedelic circus air to it via generous helpings of sitar and Wurlitzer. But Potter shows she’s no slouch, banging out earworms like the fuzz guitar-driven stomper “Turntable” and “Parachute Heart,” which starts out like a conventional pop song before ethereal swaths of pedal steel and equally swoony vocals that put it somewhere between Maria McKee circa Life is Sweet and Shelby Lynne at her most adventurous.