||Joyful Noise CD (2012)
Jerry Bouthier CD discography Olympia dance-punk trio Gossip return with A Joyful Noise, their first album in three years. The new record follows 2009's Music for Men, an album that made significant waves in the U.K., expanding the band's caché exponentially. A Joyful Noise finds the band working with producer Brian Higgins of Xenomania, known for his hit-making work with Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, and others. The album's enormous production sees Gossip incorporating striking house and disco influences into their D.I.Y. punk-rooted dance songs, all of which are guided by vocalists Beth Ditto's boomingly powerful vocals. The album is the group's second for Capitol Records.
A blend of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion, Gossip is comprised of vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie. Originally formed in Olympia, Washington in 1999, Gossip first garnered attention in the UK with the release of their 2006 breakthrough album Standing In the Way of Control, and they have been in the spotlight ever since. Their most recent album, 2009's Music For Men, sold over 1 million copies globally and was raved about on both sides of the Atlantic, with Clash declaring it "the most euphoric thing you'll hear this year." Recorded in both Xenomania, Higgins' studio in England, and KBC Studios in Portland, Oregon, A Joyful Noise stays true to Gossip's trademark brash and unapologetic nature - that is, as true as possible for a band that is constantly reinventing itself and pushing boundaries. Working with Higgins, Gossip sought to create their own brand of pop. Dittoproclaimed, "I ...