Thursday, July 26, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW - GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS - THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT
Now, don't get me wrong, some of this is quite fine, such as the sultry Parachute, a mid-tempo groove with a great vocal. Timekeeper is a slow-burn ballad, with some guts in the chorus, and a fine lyric about drummer lust. But Stars is overdone, and might as well be a failed Journey number. I keep waiting for some funky, loose workout like Paris (Ooh La La) but everything here is tight, stylized, and produced rather than spontaneous. Live, the song Turntable would have a lot of power, but with its precise beat, it's virtually disco here, and I say that in the old, late 70's, "disco sucks" spirit.
Actually, I can hear all this stuff as good concert material, because it does still have her fire, and it certainly has a groove. I don't think it's a try at more commercial success either. I just believe its over-the-top production went over the line. Also, it's one of the worst album covers ever.