YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe not
LINEUP: Beth Ditto, Brace Paine, Kathy Mendonca
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second full length album sands off the rough edges and makes for a more powerful record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s not that rough edges aren’t great in rock-and-roll – they are for sure. However, Gossip’s move away from full-on raggedness to a more polished sound is great as it highlights Beth Ditto’s voice even more.
The songwriting here is more varied as well, from the powerful “Nite” to the up-and-at-em “Jason’s Basement” and “Don’t Make Waves”, this record smokes at just the right time. “Yesterdays News” goes from slow meditation to perfect stomper.
There are a couple of misses, especially the final cut which wears out its welcome in no time. Still, a fine record to own – simple rock with a powerful voice.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had an EP between full-length album one and two, which I’ll review later.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Thoroughly enjoyable on 10 of 11 tracks.