This Is Somewhere [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If their major-label debut is any indication, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' days as a hard-working jam band are numbered. The Vermont outfit's sheer talent, and Potter's freshly hewn good looks, should take them straight into the mainstream. Committed to retro-rock ideals such as honest recording, concise albums, and finely-crafted songs, Potter and her band mates deliver a disc with the out-of-time feeling last heard on albums such as Harvest and Exile on Main Street. Those comparisons are telling, because This Is Somewhere (the title is an answer to Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere) embraces easy acoustic Americana as well as howling rock 'n' roll ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If their major-label debut is any indication, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' days as a hard-working jam band are numbered. The Vermont outfit's sheer talent, and Potter's freshly hewn good looks, should take them straight into the mainstream. Committed to retro-rock ideals such as honest recording, concise albums, and finely-crafted songs, Potter and her band mates deliver a disc with the out-of-time feeling last heard on albums such as Harvest and Exile on Main Street. Those comparisons are telling, because This Is Somewhere (the title is an answer to Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere) embraces easy acoustic Americana as well as howling rock 'n' roll swagger. Guitarist Scott Tournet in particular seems to have mastered the oeuvre of Crazy Horse and Mick Taylor. As a talented and attractive woman singer working a keyboard, Potter has gotten more than her share of Norah Jones comparisons, but don't you believe it. The reverent, somnolent tread of Jones' work seems to be of little interest to these fresh-faced outdoors types. Even if "Ah Mary" begins with what might be a sprightly day for Jones, the piano-driven stomp of the chorus takes it somewhere else entirely. The song's political edge -- "Ah Mary" is also "America" -- is another salient feature of This Is Somewhere; this is a band that likes to stick their neck out. That's good, because music doesn't get this smart and heartfelt without the courage of its convictions.
All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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 clich├ęs 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. [This Is Somewhere was also made available in a Barnes & Noble exclusive version.]
Spin Magazine
Soul, blues, funk and roots rock combine on the album to give it a laid-back, back porch attitude, while Potter's smoky vocals bring the energy.
USA Today
Nocturnals play the daylights out of rock.
No Depression
Potter is a few parts Patty Griffin or Joni, but prays mostly at the altar of Bonnie Raitt and Janis, and she's got skills on the Hammond B-3, which adds plenty of sonic warmth to her blues-rock songs.

Soul, blues, funk and roots rock combine on the album to give it a laid-back, back porch attitude, while Potter's smoky vocals bring the energy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087109011
  • Catalog Number: 000078602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ah Mary (4:36)
  2. 2 Stop the Bus (3:52)
  3. 3 Apologies (5:12)
  4. 4 Ain't No Time (3:27)
  5. 5 Mr. Columbus (3:41)
  6. 6 You May See Me (4:27)
  7. 7 Lose Some Time (5:22)
  8. 8 Mastermind (3:58)
  9. 9 Here's to the Meantime - Grace Potter (3:59)
  10. 10 Falling or Flying (4:57)
  11. 11 Big White Gate (4:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 'Til the Morning Comes - Grace Potter (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Primary Artist
Grace Potter Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Tim Bright Engineer
Mike Daly Producer, Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Otto D'Agnolo Engineer
Travis Huff Engineer
Grace Potter Producer
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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    PBS in NEW York

    Saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on PBS they were wonderful. Thier Audience was a combination of young and my age. really recommend to purchase thier music!!!!! I can't wait to get the CD's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Ah Mary" Me

    This has to be one of my favorite cd's in my vast collection. "Big White Gate" is so reminiscent of classic Bonnie Raitt (Never a bad thing). And "Ah Mary" deserves its place as one of the greatest political songs. Everyone who hears this in my car assures me they'll buy it, and I don't doubt it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Find:)

    I just purchased this CD on a whim--looking for something else. I love my usual Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, ChaseMissy, but I really need to start listening to some other things besides just the ones I am used to & love so much. Grace Potter and the Nonturnals is a great CD. I pop it in the car when I'm driving and I don't need to change songs--the whole thing is excellent. Highly recommended for more modern folk lovers & those who like bands who stand on stage, play guitar & just sing--not rap, not heavy metal--melodious songs that have meaning

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