Gossip - A Joyful Noise

by Lewis Shepherd Rating:10 Release Date:2012-05-14

Gossip return with their fifth studio album A Joyful Noise, and they do not disappoint. The band were joined on production for this album by Xenomania founder Brian Higgins, well know for producing singles by girlband Girls Aloud, and you can really hear the difference between this and their previous albums. You may think that Gossip and Girls Aloud are two different styles (which they are) and having Higgins on board would be a bad choice for the band. However, it isn't, as they fuse dance beats and indie-rock together to make a brilliant sounding album which will have you dancing along in your bedroom at a gig or even in a club.

Thanks to the fusion of different sounds, you get a great indie-dance record, and Beth Ditto's vocals are on top form as she lets loose for some edgy dance tracks with her distinct belting voice, and then reigns it in for some more melancholy heartfelt torch songs. The album has a feel similar too Beth's solo stuff coupled with the bands already known style. The best thing about it is that there are no bad songs, it's great from beginning to end and you won't get bored at all.

Some of the album's standout tracks include 'Perfect World', 'Get a Job', 'Move in the Right Direction', 'Casualties of War' and 'Get Lost'. Which are an eclectic mix of big, booming dance beats, excellent guitar riffs and impeccable vocals and lyrics. The band stay true to themselves while taking their musical sound to the next level with the Xenomania production.

The best track on the album has to be 'Get Lost'; with it's down played verses and huge 90s dance inspired chorus, you'll find it hard to keep still while this is playing in background. A remix of the song is sure to be a massive hit, and I for one would be incredibly interested to hear it. Track five, 'Casualties of War' is one of the slower songs on the album and takes them back to their indie roots, with a few electro beats creeping in. It's a soft and sweet ballad - just a purely beautiful song.

Overall, A Joyful Noise is a fantastic album filled with dance, indie and rocky beats that you can move to, coupled with booming, soft and melancholic vocals. It really has something for everyone.

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