GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS > This Is Somewhere

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

Riffing on the title notion Neil Young’s seminal raw rocker Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere on their churning blues roiling release, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals take the shrinkage and moral bankruptcy of America, as it currently stands, and inject it with the hope of the young. “Ah Mary,” the lead track, metaphors as a wildcard girl as endemic of a nation out of control, and the sensual taunt in Potter’s coppery alto knows no falter only toe-to-toe tease.Label: HOLLYWOOD
[RATING: 3.5]

Riffing on the title notion Neil Young’s seminal raw rocker Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere on their churning blues roiling release, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals take the shrinkage and moral bankruptcy of America, as it currently stands, and inject it with the hope of the young. “Ah Mary,” the lead track, metaphors as a wildcard girl as endemic of a nation out of control, and the sensual taunt in Potter’s coppery alto knows no falter only toe-to-toe tease. And it’s that frankness, combined with the jam band expanding funk of a lean four-piece, that drives sheets of B-3 undulation straight into a lacerating guitar screen, that gives the Nocturnals the straight-up thrust that applies the Allman Brothers flex, Heart’s folk/rock hybrid and the Faces no-shame raucousness. “Falling or Flying,” “Lose Some Time” and heart-wrecked “Apologies” all take a fragile beauty on the craggy shores of want and desire, while “Stop the Bus” bulks up the muscle and libido to a full steam ahead proposition.


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