Dancing With The Beast

Gretchen Peters

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Country, Americana
Proper Records
May 18, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Dancing with the Beast, the new album from Gretchen Peters, puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women's March and the #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, Peters knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record. She admits, "You can trace the feminist DNA in my songwriting back to 'Independence Day' and probably before. The thing that 2017 did is just put it front and center." Though Peters doesn't consider herself a political writer, she is politically minded and, therefore, knew she had to address the 2016 election and all that has happened since... but in her own way.

There's a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time -- the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The inevitable tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters' most trusted muse. With melody supporting that melancholy, the songs on the new album combine to lift the effort over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015's award-winning Blackbirds.

Whether a single sentence or a simple setting, once planted, even the tiniest seed can grow into a vision unto itself. Strung together and populated with strong and broken female heroines, those vignettes make up Dancing with the Beast and, indeed, Peters' entire discography.

Beauty tempered by dread, sorrow buoyed by hope, these are the ever-present tugs of war that make life worth living and songs worth writing. And they are the over-riding themes that make Gretchen Peters one of her generation's most compelling singer/songwriters.

Press Quotes

"This is exactly the sort of album we've come to expect from Gretchen Peters - well written, well performed, pretty much perfect."

Americana UK (9/10)

"This is a wonderful album. If you are a fan, you will love it. If you are new to one of America's best songsmiths, then it is a great introduction."

The Afterword

"A CD of beauty, intimacy, honesty, life and somewhere hidden within, hope."

Fatea Magazine

"There are songs such as the opening Arguing With Ghosts, Wichita, and Disappearing Act which reek of Gretchen Peters' class. Disappearing Act in particular sounds like a hit waiting to happen.."

CMP Magazine (4*)

"This record could not have actually been any better, it's perfection."

The Rock Club UK (11/11)

"beautifully defined and utterly compelling album.. Peters' ability to give voice to believable characters is unbeatable"

The Mirror **** (4 stars)

"..an album of incredible humanity and depth… an immersive, rewarding listen. Like the best fiction, Dancing With the Beast is emotionally true. It's not an easy listen, but it's an essential one."

No Depression


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Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD148
Barcode 0805520031486
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 52g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Arguing With Ghosts 03:58
2. Wichita 03:53
3. The Boy From Rye 05:21
4. Disappearing Act 04:58
5. Lowlands 04:49
6. The Show 04:38
7. Dancing With The Beast 05:55
8. Truckstop Angel 04:28
9. Say Grace 04:31
10. Lay Low 04:37
11. Love That Makes A Cup Of Tea 02:58