This Is Somewhere

This Is Somewhere

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by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
     
 

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have long been impressing crowds on the jam band, roots rock, and even jazz tour circuits, and now, with a label deal for the very first time in their lives, they finally have the opportunity to reach an even broader audience. Of course, Potter already has a prettySee more details below

Overview

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have long been impressing crowds on the jam band, roots rock, and even jazz tour circuits, and now, with a label deal for the very first time in their lives, they finally have the opportunity to reach an even broader audience. Of course, Potter already has a pretty devout following, thanks to her richly expressive voice and the musical talents that she and her bandmembers possess, and these fans shouldn't be disappointed with This Is Somewhere, an album that, while it roots itself firmly in the Southern rock tradition, also flirts with Norah Jones-esque jazz ("Lose Some Time"), horn-driven grooves ("Mastermind"), and even pretty straightforward MOR pop ("Mr. Columbus," which, with its simple melodies and lyrics, is one of the weaker tracks on the record), in doing so creating a solid collection. Not every track here is superb -- the aforementioned "Mr. Columbus," for example, as well as "Mastermind," which is too unsyncopated and forced to pull off the frenzy of saxophones that appears -- but Potter is showing herself to be a very adept songwriter, able to convey witty irony (in "Ah Mary," an almost angry criticism of the U.S.) as well as reflections on death (coming from the perspective of an 84-year-old woman in "Big White Gate") and gentle love ("Stop the Bus") equally skillfully and avoiding many of the lyrical clichés often tied to themes of that sort. Yes, This Is Somewhere is a bit top-heavy, with most of stronger cuts tucked safely into its first half, and sometimes Potter seems to be trying a little too hard (in "Falling or Flying," for example), her Southern accent just a little too affected, but the album is still impressive, with a lot of passion, energy, and soul from a very able group of young musicians.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087104511
catalogNumber:
000038502
Rank:
559

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals   Primary Artist
Grace Potter   Indexed Contributor,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,Pipe organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Piano (Upright)
Michael Davis   Trombone
Alan Bezozi   Percussion
Aaron Heick   Alto Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Daly   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vibes,chamberlain,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,Hi String,Optigan,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Matt Burr   Percussion,Drums
Scott Tournet   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Noise,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Stylophone,Guitar (Leslie),Guitar (Tremolo),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Bryan Dondero   Bass,Mandolin,Guitar (Baritone)
Booty Call Choir   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Tim Bright   Engineer
Mike Daly   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad   Art Direction
Otto D'Agnolo   Engineer
Travis Huff   Engineer
Scott Tournet   Loop,Whale Sounds
Grace Potter   Composer,Package Concept
Bryan Dondero   Echoplex
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals   Producer
Charlie Brown   Cover Photo
Sparky Potter   Cover Photo

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