Sunday, May 27, 2012

CD Review: Gossip Create "Joyful Noise" On New Album

Alternative rockers Gossip are growing in popularity with each new release. Beginning in 1999, the band released three independent albums with 2006's "Standing In The Way of Control" breaking through in the U.K. There next album, 2009's Columbia Records' debut, "Music For Men" sold over 1 million copies and received rave reviews.

Now Gossip return with a brand-new studio album for Columbia Records entitled "A Joyful Noise." The album was produced by pop genius Brian Higgins (Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys) and the sound on the new album reflects it.

The album begins with "Melody Emergency," a great deep guitar groove that gives the song a rough, garage band sound. The album's first single, "Perfect World" is pop perfection as vocalist Beth Ditto gets to flex her pipes during the chorus. The band gets funky on the electronic-filled "Get A Job" before hitting the dance floor for "Move In The Right Direction." Gossip find a comfortable home within the pop sounds of "Into The Wild" and "Involved" as their upbeat sound fits perfectly into that genre. Drummer Hannah Billie and guitarist Nathan Howdeshell get funky once again on the groove to "I Won't Play" before finishing with the pop-rock collaboration of "Love In A Foreign Place."

Gossip will be performing at the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany before spending the rest of the summer in Europe. For a complete list of tour dates and more information on the new album, be sure to check out

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