Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    Potter's expressive voice leads the charge, but wouldn't make half as much impact without the tight and nuanced Nocturnals punctuating each quiver and wail. [Oct 2010, p.101]
  2. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' new self-titled release finds frontwoman Potter and her band in full bloom, hammering out hook-heavy rock tracks with a confident, natural sound.
  3. In sum, this the most representative outing from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals to date, and displays, however slickly, a heady quotient of strut, crackle, and groove.
  4. Grace Potter's voice is the perfect compliment to the band's newly designed dual-guitar blitz.
  5. While not as gloriously soulful as Original Soul or Nothing But The Water, it's an influential rock album that could and should lead to mainstream success for the New England group.
  6. This is well-crafted radio rock that undoubtedly catches fire live.
  7. Potter's youthfulness can make for flower-soup lyrics but backlit by a no-nonsense band that massages Memphis grooves, light rock and pinot-noir reggae, it all bursts with promise.
  8. Generally, the bluesy, Southernised rockers (Medicine, Only Love) make more of an impression than the power balladry (Colors), while an anomalous wallow in country-rock sentimentality (Things I Never Needed) feels like it was tacked on because they realised they needed a slow one.
  9. There are hints of the band's previous life here--"Oasis" seems to strikes the roots-pop balance they're going for, and "Goodbye Kiss" is perfectly fine barroom reggae--and Potter rarely misses a chance to show off her killer voice, but The Nocturnals' crucial swagger has sadly been scrubbed clean away.
  10. 40
    While Grace Potter's vocals are unquestionably impressive on this fourth album--she still hasn't carved out a trademark voice of her own. The music is equally bland. [Sep 2010, p.102]
  11. When she stops bawling (on Colors), Potter reveals herself as an affecting vocalist who deserves better than the barroom. [Sept. 2010, p.118]

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