The Lion the Beast the Beat [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 à 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. [The Deluxe Edition contains four bonus cuts, including "Roulette," "All Over You," a duet version of "Stars" with Kenny Chesney, and "Ragged Company," a duet with Willie Nelson.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087282134
  • Catalog Number: 001773492
  • Sales rank: 11,719

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lion the Beast the Beat (5:26)
  2. 2 Never Go Back (3:40)
  3. 3 Parachute Heart (4:08)
  4. 4 Stars (3:35)
  5. 5 Timekeeper (4:39)
  6. 6 Loneliest Soul (3:36)
  7. 7 Turntable (4:01)
  8. 8 Keepsake (3:36)
  9. 9 Runaway (3:19)
  10. 10 One Heart Missing (4:21)
  11. 11 The Divide (5:20)
  12. 12 Roulette (3:59)
  13. 13 All Over You (3:33)
  14. 14 Stars (3:11)
  15. 15 Ragged Company (4:40)
  16. 16 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Primary Artist
Grace Potter Indexed Contributor, Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, Pipe organ, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Finger Snapping, Casio, Tack Piano, Hammond B3
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals, Gut String Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Kenny Chesney Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
John Jarvis Piano
Michael Rhodes Bass
Jim Scott Percussion, cowbell
Josefina Vergara Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Nico Abondolo Bass
Matt Burr Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Shaker, Trash Cans
Gerry Hilera Violin
Erika Duke Celli
Dan Auerbach Vocals, Hand Clapping
Geoffrey Weiss Claves
Alyssa Park Violin, Concert Master
Andrew Duckles Viola
Steve Richards Celli
Michele Richards Violin
Scott Tournet Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Noise, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Ambience, Echoplex
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Michael Libramento Bass, Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer, Agogo Bell, Moog Bass, Univox
Benny Yurco Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Hand Clapping, Synthesizer Bass, Ambience, Echoplex
Technical Credits
David Campbell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Buddy Cannon Producer
Butch Carr Engineer
Kenny Chesney Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brian Reeves Engineer
Jim Scott Producer, Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Tony Castle Engineer
Lincoln Wheeler Marketing
Lane Gibson Engineer
Dan Auerbach Composer, Producer
Scott Tournet Composer
Grace Potter Composer, Producer
Bryan Dondero Composer
Nick Steinhardt Art Direction
Collin Dupuis Engineer
Justin Goldberg Management
Nate Erwin Management
Kevin Dean Engineer
Matthew Burr Composer
Sharrin Summers Publicity
Deedee Cheriel Illustrations
Benjamin Yurco Composer
Oliver Gebhardt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    this cd is AWESOME!! I've seen them on AXS television in concer

    this cd is AWESOME!! I've seen them on AXS television in concert, and they are amazing!! I hope to see them LIVE in concert someday soon.... =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Saw Grace Potter at the New Orleans JazzFest this year and went

    Saw Grace Potter at the New Orleans JazzFest this year and went out and bought all her cd's the next day! How late was I getting to this party? This latest is the best yet from this incredible band. What a voice and just how good do you have to be to have Alison Krauss singing backup? All gifted musicians and incredible writing. Having Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney on a couple of duets dosen't hurt either.

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