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Standing In The Way Of Control + Bonus Tracks Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Backyard Recordings
  • ASIN: B000SKMU7S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)

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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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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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Standing in the Way of Control

A better than expected listen. To be honest, I had dismissed this band due to the hype surrounding their singer's size/weight/antics on stage. On finally listening to this CD, I was immediately taken with the, in my opinion, good, old-fashioned guitar rock songs coupled with a singer whose voice perfectly complements the band. There is no filler on this CD. Every track deserves its place. I might have been late in getting round to this band, but I'm glad I eventually did.
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This is a genuinely good and interesting album. The singer is impressive and can carry changes in mood and tempo very effectively so that the music ebbs and flows really well and just sounds quite funky. She also has some excellent tunes to compliment her vocal talents (Standing in the way of control, Yr mangled heart) and a capable backing from the band. I heard this album playing in a clothes store in California and a loads of people were intrigued about what it was. So was I. Now I know. It's really good. Spread the Gossip.
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It's ironic that in an age when black music has slid into a lazy, creatively bankrupt blind alley, a larger than life white woman has come along to teach the MOBO crowd that soul music lives !
While what is criminally described as 'R & B'....Howlin Wolf,John Lee Hooker et al will be turning in their graves !...is being churned out as bland muzak for the Radio 1 chav masses, Beth Ditto and her band are putting the passion back into soul music.
The title track in particular is explosive and when performed live as at Glastonbury it could bring the dead back to life such is the power and energy !
A ten track 35 minute slice of throbbing soul which will blow the MOBO artists and their pop/pap out of the water !
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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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