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A Joyful Noise [CD]

Gossip Audio CD
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Biography by Zac Johnson
Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, this punk trio moved to Olympia, WA, joining the roster of the indie rock label K Records. Guitarist Nathan (aka Brace Paine), drummer Kathy, and singer Beth proclaimed, "We started a band 'cause we were bored. Our mission is to make you dance, and if you're not gonna dance, just stay at home and listen to the oldies ... Read more in Amazon's Gossip Store

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  • Audio CD (14 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007IX00Y8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ever-evolving and perpetually defying convention, Gossip are back with their fifth studio album, A Joyful Noise, produced by pop genius Brian Higgins (Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud). A blend of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion, Gossip is comprised of vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie. Originally formed in Olympia, Washington in 1999, Gossip first garnered attention with the release of their 2006 breakthrough album Standing In the Way of Control. Recorded in both Xenomania, Higgins’ studio in England, and KBC Studios in Portland, Oregon, A Joyful Noise stays true to Gossip’s trademark brash and unapologetic nature--that is, as true as possible for a band that is constantly reinventing itself and pushing boundaries. Working with Higgins, Gossip sought to create their own brand of pop.

BBC Review

Anyone shocked by the advanced commercial bent of Gossip’s fifth album should refer to the Washington trio’s 2006 breakthrough LP Standing in the Way of Control – track four, Coal to Diamonds, is a soul ballad not a zillion miles from Cyndi Lauper or Stevie Nicks. Or how 2009’s Music for Men offset its serrated, sinewy tendencies with house-y piano. Despite the band’s stereotypically defined riot grrrl origins and Beth Ditto’s stereotypically defined ‘sassy’ reputation, Gossip have were never truly hardcore or confrontational, despite the homo-core politics of …Control’s brilliant title-track. But the way the opening salvos of A Joyful Noise share a spiritual DNA with Madonna is still a real eye-opener.

That Gossip should be vilified for this shift depends on your own hard-line hardcore beliefs, and if you like to host disco vinyl bonfire parties. Or your view of its producer, Brian ‘Xenomania’ Higgins, whose CV includes Girls Aloud and The Saturdays. Higgins is no vulgar Stock Aitken Waterman factory line, and there’s a gorgeous swish to his dovetailing synths and syncopated drum pumps; though the way he routinely deploys guitars is surely not what Gossip’s Nathan Howdeshell was put on this earth for. Under Higgins’ guidance, Gossip a less a band, more a Pro-Tooled route one to the chart summit, albeit a route one with Beth Ditto at the front.

Ditto’s emotion-soaked vocals are the album’s true saving graces. Her already established charisma is far too strong for Higgins to even attempt a ‘Girls Aloud’ – she already is a Girl Aloud, who apparently only listened to ABBA for a full year while making this album. Of those Madonna-esque intros, Melody Emergency has a bass synth/guitar heft ("additional production" by Gossip might mean they added some musical weight after the Higgins sessions) and lead single Perfect World is gleaming and urgent. Get a Job even survives its awkward semi-rap intro (not much ABBA here, Beth) for something stealthy and anthemic.

But they can’t keep it up. Naming a track Move in the Right Direction invites trouble, especially if it encapsulates the album’s Achilles’ heel, of songs seemingly born of a commercial will rather than a real need. A mid-album lull is saved by Horns’ funky grit and, yes, horns, and I Won’t Play’s vulnerable core. You could argue that A Joyful Noise is the album Madonna should be brave enough to make. But it might also be the case that it’s the album that Gossip should have been brave enough not to.

--Martin Aston

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Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makeover Or Major Surgery? 14 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
With a stable of A-league popsters behind him Brian Higgins is a
distinctly odd choice for the producer of Gossip's fifth album release.
Hardcore fans may be disappointed that most of the raw edges that we
have come to know and admire have been given a new shiny makeover
but with Beth Ditto at the helm 'A Joyful Noise' still warrants our
love and attention. Truth-be-told Ms Ditto does sound a tad reined-in
at times (the dark disco anthem 'Perfect World' is perhaps the most
obvious example - she really doesn't need THAT much reverb to put
the ball into the back of the net!) and guitarist Nathan Howdeshell
is relegated to a far less prominent position than he deserves but
overall the album still delivers a few strong offerings. 'Involved' is
a cracking song which places the voice well-forward in the mix where
it rightly belongs and once it gets going 'Horns' packs quite a punch
but numbers such as 'Get Lost' and 'Move In The Right Direction' are
decidedly lacklustre. Even a potential winner like penultimate track
'I Won't Play' is marred by unnecessary sparkly synth decorations.

When all's said and done a little bit of Beth Ditto is certainly better than
none at all but next time around the band might do well to re-examine
and re-discover the rough-and-ready qualities which made them so special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taps into my pop button 21 Sep 2012
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It's pop all the way through - catchy choons galore. Love Beth's crystal clear voice. I'm not really into the early stuff by this band so I guess that's why I like it so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip - Doing it stupendously once again 22 Jun 2014
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Another fantastic collection from Gossip. Its crank up the volume time with this one, lyrics are just on the money, Beth's voice is just something to get lost in. Each time Gossip release something, its just keeps getting better and better. Also loving the mixes of these songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to stay and write a review... 8 April 2014
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...but I've gotta go to work!
Cool album. Best one by Gossip yet, great vocals from B.D. and strong electro sounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty poppy 11 Mar 2014
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A bit less attitude and bit more pop than most of their offerings which saddens me greatly, but still listenable,.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Music with elements of EVERYTHING 13 Aug 2013
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What a Joy, what a joyful noise for my ears. I did hear the song : Move in the right direction, on radio, and I feel I had to get this album, and I dont regret it. Gossip do blend a good voice with good tunes, and elements from so many various inspiration from other musi elements . Disco, Rock, pop, punk,dance . . and You Name it. Yes I do have Move in the right direction as a favourite song still. It brings energy and positive feelings, but really guys and girls, dont forget to rate a 5 star to : I Won't Play. The drumming skills by Hannah is perfect and makes the lyrics stronger. check it out.
so Gossip, do continue in this direction, and make more music. I will purchase all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Listen 30 Jun 2013
By Rob
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I loved a few of the older Gossip singles, and the same is true here "Move In The Right Direction" is a great pop tune. A few other favourites is "Get A Job" and "Get Lost"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 19 Jun 2013
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A brilliant album with some fantastic tracks. The songs are catchy, original and with great lyrics. Beth has a very good voice that is so distinctive. I can't wait for the next album: great stuff!
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