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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the Washington state punk trio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 91
    Gut-wrenching, foot-stomping punk. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  2. Ditto can wail like a gospel singer with bugs under her skin, or quietly sing with an almost palpable vulnerability, and her range suits The Gossip's jagged, bluesy post-punk well.
  3. Ditto and company take indie-rock in a direction many of its fans are not used to, in that the focus is mostly about the human voice and the way the musicians compliment the singer's attack.
  4. The Gossip's melodies are infectious and their beats propulsive enough... to get the sk8er kids to drop the self-conscious posturing and dance a little.
  5. Showcase[s] a band revelling in their powers, in thrilling control of their screeching rock 'n' roll abandon. [Mar 2006, p.107]
  6. This is a transitional album: many of the songs seem underwritten without all that noise on top; sometimes it sounds as if the band is still trying to figure out what to do with its tense, restrained new sound. [23 Jan 2006]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. peetyboy
    Jan 25, 2007
    10
    this sucks.
  2. timb
    Feb 2, 2006
    10
    my favorite record of 2006 so far . . .
  3. StallionArabhorse
    Feb 1, 2006
    9
    The only reason it doesn't get a 10 is because I miss Kathy Mendonca's drumming...don't get me wrong, the drums are fantastic in a more supportive role, but rein in the power of this band a little too much...you can count the cymbal crashes on a couple of hands (compare this to their other records!) and they are buried in the mix...Kathy's drumming was an explosive and key element (and I loved the writing dynamic between the drums and guitars) and Hannah's are precise and dynamic in the right places, but a bit too 'subdued' for what these songs could sound like. Of course The Gossip are responsible for their own sound; I didn't want a repeat of any of their other records and welcome drastic departures (i.e., Le Tigre & Sleater-Kinney's latest records) but damn, I'm gonna miss Kathy--and I can't find anything regarding what happened to her. Beth is dead-on with her vocals as always and diversifies here...Nathan/Brace's guitars are still very groovacious but a bit toned down, less trebly and a little more 'loop'-oriented with notes vs. full chordal riffage. If I didn't have all their previous rec's to compare to, it'd have gotten a perfect 10. Expand
  4. MandiDD
    Feb 3, 2006
    9
    This album is by far there best.. its a crazy dancey punk album.. except that one sound.. coal into diamands... this album almost is as good as them live... but dam.. that girl can get a croud up and dancing.. this cd rocks my socks... Expand
  5. PierreV
    Oct 17, 2007
    9
    Patti Smith meets Aretha Franklin for some unadorned disco-punk. A very good surprise!
  6. DrunkenMaster
    Jan 28, 2006
    8
    Funktastic. Damn, that girl can sing!
  7. stevee
    Jun 7, 2009
    1
    One hit wonders.

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