Album Review | POP
Gossip, ‘A Joyful Noise’
The cautionary tale of the rock band led astray by the allure of pop stardom is a hoary one, but it’s rare that we’re presented with such a glaring example. For Gossip, the siren song of success came from the shores of the UK, where the Washington trio, and vocalist Beth Ditto in particular, have become a staple of the star-making rock press. There’s little evidence of the band’s prior garage-soul identity on this slick production of danceable beats, save for Ditto’s rightfully mythologized vocals.