A Joyful Noise
guessing the days of Gossip sounding like a straight up grimy punk band
are over. Their last album was disco infused rock, and i wondered
whether it was a one off change of direction. Now with the release of A
Joyful Noise, i think Gossip has finally found it's signature niche with
another collection of danceable rock infused songs that you can either
bang out on a guitar to or dance your ass off under a mirror ball.
Ditto's solo dance EP that was released in 2011 has had a strong
influence on the bands new album, with even more disco inspired beats
sharing the stage with thrashing rock band production thanks to UK album
You'll find specks of their previous album,
Music For Men, throughout the new record. The track, Get A Job, could
have easily been been part of their previous albums track listing. A
Joyful Noise feels very much like a continuation of their last album,
while still taking the production a little bit further.
Some of the
melodies feel very old skool, they feature the types of hooks you'd hear
in tracks from the late 70's/ early 80s, songs like Perfect World and
Casualties of War showcase how much listening to ABBA over the last
couple years has rubbed off on Beth, and the band has never gone more
70's disco than they have on stompers like Get Lost and Love In A
On first listen, the album may take a few plays
to sink in, but once it does, it quickly starts to come together. A
Joyful Noise isn't as instant or obviously hit filled as their last
album, but it's probably overall slightly more cohesive, for me anyway.
Personally, there were a couple of songs on Music For Men that i never
warmed up to, A Joyful Noise however doesn't have one track that i
haven't grown to enjoy, so for that, i'm labeling this as their easiest
album to fall in love with. Not sure if it's necessarily their best,
but it could grow to become that over time.