‘The Lion the Beast the Beat’ by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (TMR 32)

It has the best song you had damn well better know by now

J.P. Williams
2 min readApr 19, 2023
Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash.

There I was in 2012 watching The Voice when the unthinkable happened. Contestant Amanda Brown sang a rousing rendition of the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals song “Stars,” and judge Christina Aguilera didn’t recognize the song! Given the sheer volume of music out there, it’s understandable, but I was scandalized. Some part of me believed, deeply, that a talent like Grace Potter must be known to other musicians of immense talent. On The Lion the Beast the Beat (Hollywood, 2012), the band moved to a bigger and more experimental sound compared to the stripped yet delicious rock of its self-titled release. The lack of a core sound leaves the album without a striking identity and easy to neglect as the years pass, but the ballad “Stars” is unforgettable. Check out every version you can:

Studio: Grace Potter And The Nocturnals — Stars
Acoustic: Acoustic — Live From CMT Studios
Piano: VEVO Presents
Amanda Brown: The Voice Performance
Mary Kate Connor: The Voice Blind Auditions | NBC

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