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Joyful Noise
     

A Joyful Noise

by Gossip
 

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"So you're not a rock & roller/And there's nothin' wrong with that," Beth Ditto sings near the beginning of A Joyful Noise -- a knowing line, considering that she used to be one of the best female rock & rollers out there. However, since Standing in the Way of Control, the Gossip has moved in an increasingly pop direction, and

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"So you're not a rock & roller/And there's nothin' wrong with that," Beth Ditto sings near the beginning of A Joyful Noise -- a knowing line, considering that she used to be one of the best female rock & rollers out there. However, since Standing in the Way of Control, the Gossip has moved in an increasingly pop direction, and never more so than on this set of songs. Inspired by ABBA, the band hired Brian Higgins from production team extraordinaire Xenomania to add a slick sheen to the album, which is most evident on "Get Lost," Ditto and crew's most convincing pop bid yet. But A Joyful Noise isn't especially frothy; there's some grit here, especially on "Melody Emergency," where Ditto's still-unmatchable voice dominates the track's slow grind, and fuzzy synths do their best impersonation of power chords. Higgins does his best to balance the band's past and present directions, wrapping "I Won't Play" in synth strings that Gary Numan would be proud to call his own. Despite its dubstep-tinged bass, "Get a Job," a pointed indictment of a poor little rich girl, could have easily appeared on an earlier Gossip album with a more lo-fi approach, and the stand-out "Horns" is an "On the Playground"-style takedown fueled by menacing strings and wah-wah riffs. Sometimes this balance doesn't always work -- the guitars on "Casualties of War" are engulfed by synths and drum machines -- but more often than not it does. The minor-key verses and soaring choruses on "Perfect World" and "Move in the Right Direction" recall Goldfrapp's polarizing album Head First; as on Music for Men, Pat Benatar -- another formidable vocalist who moved from rock to more manicured pop -- is also a touchstone here. A Joyful Noise isn't as raw or immediate as any of the Gossip's earlier albums, which makes it a bit of a grower for anyone attached to the band's previous firepower, but even if their liberating rock is really missed, there's nothin' wrong with their pop inclinations.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2012
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886919826524
catalogNumber:
198265

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Performance Credits

Gossip   Primary Artist
Beth Ditto   Vocals
Nathan Howdeshell   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jeremy Sherrer   Percussion
Hannah Blilie   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Toby Scott   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Gossip   Composer,Additional Production
Xenomania   Composer
Jerry Bouthier   Programming
Fred Falke   Programming
Beth Ditto   Composer
Nathan Howdeshell   Composer,Programming
Matt Gray   Programming
Jeremy Sherrer   Engineer
Kieran Jones   Programming
Owen Parker   Programming
Jason Resch   Programming
Hannah Blilie   Composer,Programming
Andrea Gorgerino   Programming
Luke Fitton   Composer,Programming
Jeri Lynn   Art Direction
Joshua Jenkin   Programming
Sam Martin   Programming

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