Review: Midnight by Grace Potter

Midnight by Grace PotterGrace Potter trades the rock riffs of the Nocturnals for the glam-pop-flavored licks of her first solo effort, Midnight. It’s not really that big of a stretch to make: Grace has proven to be a pretty versatile performer, with stints alongside the Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney. Midnight also showcases that versatility, albeit with the expected bombastic power pop undercurrent lying underneath it: the earnest sing-along “Empty Heart” and the boom-boom party tune “Alive Tonight” being good examples. And, of course, there are her vocals, effortlessly swinging from sentimental to shout-out-loud, especially that admittedly unexpected ending in “Delirious”. And yet something feels missing. Midnight is enjoyable, but in places it feels… I don’t quite know how to put it. It’s not soulless, but it’s a bit mechanical, too. If you’re accustomed to the Nocturnals this would be a bit of a shock, but even those who aren’t might find the record a bit derivative, bringing nothing new to the table. Well, that is by design, sure; Grace is doing a hat-tip to her many influences in a way she couldn’t before. But you just know it could grab you more. [NB] | 3/5

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