The sultry vocals and sexy moves of Grace Potter have been lighting up the stage for years with the bluesy soul of the Nocturnals. The talented singer, songwriter, and musician has stepped away from the creative constraints of a band atmosphere to explore different directions with her new solo album “Midnight.”
With the help of L.A. producer Eric Valentine, the self-confident Potter steps out of the box with an eclectic collection of pop songs. From the sexy “Hot to the Touch” to the uplifting “Empty Heart,” Grace is a breath of fresh air in a somewhat stagnant pop music scene. The dance vibe on the synth heavy “Your Girl” and “Delirious” have a real ’80s feel to them and the funky “Instigators” is a sure fire hit. As fun as these songs are though, they don’t quite do justice to the dynamic vocal range Potter is capable of. The ballads “The Miner” and “Let You Go” seem to be a better fit where the soulful beauty of her voice really shines through.
“Midnight” is a solid release for Potter and one of the better pop albums of the year. There’s just enough of her rocking soul to keep Nocturnals fans happy and just enough of the new to attract a wider audience.