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Standing In The Way Of Control

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  • Audio CD (May 1 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye / Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B000CNFB22
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Fire With Fire
2. Standing In The Way Of Control
3. Jealous Girls
4. Coal To Diamonds
5. Eyes Open
6. Yr Mangled Heart
7. Listen Up!
8. Holy Water
9. Keeping You Alive
10. Dark Lines

Product Description

The first thing that strikes you is the rhythm. The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted five years ago, long before dance punk existed. Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown. The vocals resonate with the confidence of the lyrics, asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, reassuring youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise. Their third album was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi). This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them. Kill Rock Stars. 2006.

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By Jason Bellchamber on Oct. 11 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is straight ahead soul with a no non-sense production. Alternative 90s attitude with great vocals. Loud and powerful.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Beth Ditto=Punk Goddess April 6 2006
By T. Lemos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I heard about this band in the most unlikely of ways. The NPR music guy was talking about some noteworthy young artists/bands in the Pacific Northwest, and when he played The Gossip, my ears instantly perked up. In his description of their sound, he mostly talked about Ditto's pipes, and that's the way it should be. Sure, Brace's guitar work is catchy and Hannah's drumming is adept enough--but let's face it, punk ain't the most demanding genre when it comes to instrumentation. It's all about style, verve, attitude, and Beth's got all that plus a whole lot of soul. Her Arkansas roots come out in her sexy delivery that's equal parts blues and grrl punch. I would've liked to hear a few more upbeat songs on this disc--it gets a bit slow towards the end--but Ditto knocks every other singer in this genre flat on their ass, so I'll give 'er a break if she likes to break into soulful crooning every once in a while.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The whole package Aug. 9 2006
By P. Fellenbaum - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Awesome sound out of just drums and a guitar; blows White Stripes away, in my humble opinion. Vocals are full and powerful. I have to keep reminding myself the band has only 3 members (no overdubs). Look forward to hearing more of their stuff.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great album, but it could loose the "dance beats". March 13 2006
By Nate Rayburn - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album in my car cd player almost everyday since I bought it. I love half of it and the other half is ok. I think the dance beats work very well, but it makes the cd a bit dated and so does the front cover. I think this would have sounded fresher if it would have been released in the spring of '05 when everyone was still freaking out over Franz Ferdinand, but this band is much more important than that.

I think Beth has the most amazing voice I've heard in years. I listen to her and think of her fitting in with the greatest singers of all time. Her voice warms up like a vintage tube amp and she has such great control over the amount of grit in her voice.

This album still has more balls than anything that's come out in a long time and the tones on the album are second to none. It makes me excited for the next one which will be amazing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Gossip are lethal Feb. 4 2007
By Joey Sunshine - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hi Guys

I have to say i disagree with the above-mentioned reviews. I haven't felt the same way about a band since i was going through a large White Stripes phase some years ago.

This band are very similar to the Whites Stripes in that they have that stripped down, bedroom sounding production similar to Elephant. They also have the same type of bluesey guitar licks. The vocals are absolutely tremendous, bringing a soul voice to a rock band, although if she went on American Idol they would slate her.

It is of course the songs themselves that cement this record. Every song is a stone cold hit. The chorus of "coal to diamonds" has so much emotion it makes me feel nauseous.

The only downside is that the chorus of "Keeping you Alive" sounds slightly tacked on, even though it makes the main riff of that song sound cooler.

It is also worth noting that this band are hot enough to have tracks remixed by Belgian rock/dance crossover Soulwax and Le Tigre.

If these guys really float your boat it is worth checking out The Invisible Deck the Rogers Sisters.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unique March 3 2006
By Cameron Mullowney - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is the equivalent of what you'd get if you took Janis Joplin & locked her in a recording studio w/ a punk rock guitarist and a dance studio drummer. Excellent. I'll save my 5th star for now because that only goes to albums that withstand the test of time, but definitely a great effort and an enjoyable result.