Movement - Gossip
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length for the Olympia, Wash-based indie-punk trio led by powerful singer Beth Ditto.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  1. Primal and raw and powerful, the Gossip's third full-length is straight-from-the-gut punk desperation tinged with the hope of gospel salvation.
  2. 83
    [Vocalist Beth Ditto's] temper-tantrum vocals turn tired indie-rock poses into two-minute biblical epics. [Jun 2003, p.105]
  3. 80
    The Gossip keeps getting better, stretching a little more. [#59, p.95]
  4. The closest punk has come to the dread of Robert Johnson, the mischief of Bessie Smith or the joy of Mahalia Jackson. [Jun 2003, p.94]
  5. 80
    Beth's vocals are startling. [Jun 2003, p.100]
  6. The Gossip sound best when flowing through lo-fi constraints: when they don’t have a hi-hat, and the down-tuned guitar is missing string.
  7. Face it, folks--when it comes to putting good old rock 'n' roll on record, a bass player really helps.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. JudiiC.
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    While not as polished as the newer albums (as one would expect). This whole album has dirt and sleaze running all the way through (in a good While not as polished as the newer albums (as one would expect). This whole album has dirt and sleaze running all the way through (in a good way). Beth Ditto is seriously underrated at an artist due to her size and sexuality and I just hope people can get past that and realise how freakin amazing she is and how her and the rest of the band mesh together so perfectly. Expand
  2. JoeS
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    The Village Voice called this their "Dud of the Month" when it came out and said they need a bass player. I think they said similar things The Village Voice called this their "Dud of the Month" when it came out and said they need a bass player. I think they said similar things about The Ramones, so I guess that means that this is a punk rock masterpiece. And hey, it is. I think I know how to read the Village Voice now. Seldom. Expand
  3. PeterDV
    Jun 5, 2006
    8
    This is some dirrrrrrty garage rock goodness.

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