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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Backyard Recordings
  • ASIN: B000SKMU7S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fire With Fire
  2. Standing In The Way Of control
  3. Jealous Girls
  4. Coal To Diamonds
  5. Eyes Open
  6. Your Mangled Heart
  7. Listen Up
  8. Holy Water
  9. Keeping You Alive
  10. Dark Lines
  11. Listen Up (2007)
  12. Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Nite Version)

Product Description

The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted 10 years ago, long before dance punk existed. Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown in Brace's playing. Now, with the addition of drummer Hannah Blilie (Shoplifting, ex-Chromatics) they have a new thundering beat for the kids to dance to on the corners and in the clubs.The next thing that smacks you is Beth's voice, all the guttural blues of the South is in that inimitable instrument. It resonates with the confidence that is in her lyrics asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, re-assuring the youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise! ''Standing in the Way of Control'', their third album, was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) at Seattle's Bear Creek. From heartbreakers like ''Coal to Diamonds'' to the anthemic title track, released as a single with a Le Tigre remix, the band is unafraid to put it all out there and take their audience to new places. This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them.

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Format: Audio CD
Absolutely loving this album!Bought it after seeing them on the Jonathan Ross show and thought it would entertain me in the car on a journey home. Could have been a shopping mistake but most certainly was not. Some tracks are a little bit similar, but still its def worth a listen. 'Listen up' and "Standing in the way of control" are ace. They are all ace.
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Firstly re Tenpennys review: Why Beth Ditto's sexuality or size is relevant or worthy of comment here I fail to grasp. Don't allow the homophobic/sizeist prejudices of this person to put you off what is a very raw and energetic album. Get tapping on Amazon and find out for yourselves!
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I first heard 'The Gossip' on the Jonathan Ross TV show and was bowled over by the lead singers voice, what a voice! So an investment into the current album had to be made and it was money well spent.

The album boasts 10 track of pure rocky brilliance. On the track 'Listen Up' you truely do listen up, as Beth Ditto's commanding vocals capture everyone's attention. 'Standing in the Way of control' another highlight truely exploits the range of Ditto's voice as a previous reviewer said, very reminisant of Joplin and Plant (if that is possible). There are more soulful moment with 'Coal to Diamonds' and 'Holy Water' which help vary the tone and shows the versatility of the group.

A truely exciting album that demands repeat listens. Listen Up!
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I've wanted this since seeing their barnstorming rendition of "Standing in the Way of Control" (SITWOC) on the tele from Glastonbury 2007 and while the album didn't quite get to that level (how could it) it was a joy to listen to.

They've a clean raw sound (not over produced) I really liked. The bass line is dominant through the record and often gives it a funky, pop and fun undertone that makes it a bit different. Drums and guitar give the song some rock oomph and, while voice quality is not always important for me (i.e. The Smiths and The Wedding Present), what a voice Beth Ditto has to give the songs an extra slice of quality and big dollop of passion.

If you mix up a fair bit of The White Stripes and their overall sound production, the funkiness of The Scissor Sisters, a dash of Electric Six and Aretha Franklin in a tetchy mood you could well end up with something like this record. (That's meant to be a good thing.)

SITWOC is the stand out track on the record and most of the songs are in this funky rock style and you hear elements of this key song in a few of the others but you'll get that with any band. "Eyes Open" heads over to glam rock territory. "Coal to Diamonds" and "Dark Lines" are the slow, even more minimalist, songs of which the former I liked least but even that's grown on me a lot.

The bonus remixed tracks of "Listen Up" and SITWOC are good fun with the former being a more soulful disco rendition and the later heading towards high energy disco but really I'd have prefer live versions of the songs. Recordings from Glastonbury would have been heaven and definitely stopped me umming and ahhing about 4 or 5 stars.
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I loved this album.Beth's voice is full of soul,sharp wit,compassion and dominating overtones.My faves are "Fire With Fire,"the first track and "Dark Lines",the last one.Gossip have just completed their second British tour and have made their mark now with this album.Have a listen to it,you'll admire this band for their positive stance.
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The cover of this album is very off putting, it looks like something a ten year old would make. Ignore that and give it a listen. This band has a great singer, a strong female voice. The music has a punky edge with a funky rhythm. Highly recommended.
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Probably a one-off but there is a strange stalling effect part way through " Dark Lines " on this CD. This is the first fault I've had on the hundreds of CD's, new and used, I've purchased over the last few years, apart from the occasional damaged case!! I won't return it but just be aware of the possibility of a fault on this, the de-luxe edition with two bonus tracks. No problems with the standard edition subsequently purchased. Didn't like the bonus tracks anyway!!
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Like a lot of people I bought this album on the strength of Standing in the Way of Control - an excellent song. However the rest of the album is not particularly interesting or that good. They don't seem to have too many ideas or too many tunes. Beth Ditto may be approaching icon status but I doubt that too many people will be playing this album in 6 months time.
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