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A Joyful Noise


A Joyful Noise

Beth Ditto & co moving in a more dance pop direction on album No.5

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Strikes a heathy balance between tears-on-the-dancefloor hi-NRG and Gossip's bluesy swagger. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A slight scaling-down of Ditto's approach, so as not to burst the hems of the more restrained arrangements
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    A great album full of slightly haywire, unpretentious pop music
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  4. 8.0 |

    Gossip have proved that they can rock any dance floor and if we're crying, it's just because they have hit every nail on the head
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  5. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    On A Joyful Noise, Gossip manage to find a new sound while retaining the rawness and excitement of their old material, and that’s quite an achievement
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  6. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    It’s a bold, unashamed album; and it’s a risk, certainly. Undoubtedly, this album is not for everyone
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  7. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An adapted and evolved pop creature. It floats through a sleepy nostalgic dream of past influences and puts the punk and liveliness aside for the time being
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  8. 6.0 |   Clash

    Decent-ish disco-punk stompers sold by the vocal
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  9. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Get Lost and Get A Job are high-energy 90s club fodder, all about the beats per minute rather than the song structure
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  10. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    The Gossip have sacrificed much of their distinctive punk soul in bringing this album to fruition
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  11. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Brian Higgins’ pop expertise has allowed Gossip to realise their commercial pop ambitions with his smooth glistening productions, but there is an inescapable sense that some of their personality and thrilling sense of abandon has been sacrificed
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  12. 6.0 |   BBC

    Under Higgins’ guidance, Gossip are less a band, more a Pro-Tooled route one to the chart summit, albeit a route one with Beth Ditto at the front
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    Serviceable camp pop as it is, there's little here to attract anyone who hasn't already bought into Gossip. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Higgins draws out Gossip's disco and house leanings without sacrificing the punk snarl. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The backdrop is often too meek and mid-paced for her fire
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  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    A brave stab at something new
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  17. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    An album that ranges from average to disappointing. In the end, Joyful Noise feels like a stopgap
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  18. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    While Gossip prove themselves capable practitioners of disco-fraught anthems, Ditto in particular continues to inject more nuance into her bullhorn vocals with every record
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  19. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    An album that wears its disposability on its sleeve
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  20. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    The group could probably cut a strong electro album, and Ditto could make a memorable statement in a house or classic disco setting. They just haven’t done so here
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  21. 4.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The pop is just too on the nose, too heavy-handed, no matter how unique a voice Ditto has
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  22. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's too little. But not, one still hopes, too late
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  23. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Claiming to have listened to only Abba for a year, the usually redoubtable Beth Ditto sounds less like the spirit of riot grrrl and more like a wannabe material girl
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  24. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A femme-power event album too shallow to achieve the import its creators intended
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  25. 4.0 |   State

    It stands as yet another case of diminishing returns. Time, you feel, is running out
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  26. 4.0 |   Tone Deaf

    The overall effect is undeniably thin, polished and clean, which does nothing but detract from the already present sparseness of this relatively uninspiring record
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  27. 4.0 |   Prefix

    It’s a boring album, it’s a depressing album, but it’s also a deeply cynical album
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  28. 3.0 |   NME

    ‘Going pop’ is not a move to take lightly, and with ‘A Joyful Noise’ Gossip have faltered into territory from which they may never recover
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  29. 2.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Unintelligent, unskilful and unlistenable
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