In the past, US (one) hitmakers The Gossip have veered dagerously between poptastic (‘Standing In The Way of Control’) and right shouty old rackets (most of their songs before now that were not ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’). They appear to have seen the light though, as their new album is produced by none other than Xenomania – the production team behind all of the finest moments from Girls Aloud and at least one from The Saturdays.
To be fair, there’s no ‘Biology’ to be heard on A Joyful Noise, but with the dance strut of ‘Move in the Right Direction’ and ‘Get Lost’ the album definitely lives up to its title. Plus if you close your eyes and imagine that she’s been gargling razor blades since her album left the charts, ‘Casualties of War’ could totally be a lost Nicola Roberts solo track – high praise indeed.
Our personal favourites at this early stage are the bitchy ‘Get a Job’, which takes a far from subtle jibe at the Kim Kardashians and Paris Hiltons of this world, and synth-drenched closer ‘Love In A Foreign Place’.
Of course Madame pop can be a cruel mistress, as the lead single ‘Perfect World’ missed the charts, and the album is currently being outsold by a solo record by the guy from A-Ha and the Very Best of Engelbert Humperdinck. But we hope that this minor setback doesn’t discourage Beth Ditto and co from their current love affair with disco, because frankly we’re loving the new sound.