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Album Review

The dirty, sweaty, hole-ridden shirt on the cover of Live in Liverpool attests to what a force of nature the Gossip are in concert, and this CD/DVD set offers more proof of the energy Beth Ditto, Hannah Billie, and Brace Paine whip up when they hit the stage. The set was recorded at Liverpool's Carling Academy, and since the U.K. was at the forefront of embracing the Gossip as stars — even if NME was initially reluctant to put Ditto, in all of her large glory, on the cover of the magazine when she topped their 2006 Cool List — it makes sense that the band chose to capture one of its British tour dates for posterity. The crowd certainly treats the Gossip like huge stars as they whip through the bulk of their breakthrough album, Standing in the Way of Control, some deep cuts, and some well-chosen covers, including their breathtaking version of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?," which originally appeared on the Listen Up! single. Here, the studio polish is stripped away, presenting the band's ferocious strength, need, and sexuality in their rawest state. That goes for the rest of the set list, which gets an extra dose of punk adrenaline. "Yr Mangled Heart," "Jealous Girls," and "Keeping You Alive" soar and sear, thanks to the band's muscular playing. While that means some of the more delicate songs lose some of their subtlety, like the previously torchy "Coal to Diamonds," it doesn't detract from the set's overall power. It's intriguing that Live in Liverpool is the Gossip's first release for Columbia's Red Ink imprint — it's not exactly an ideal introduction to the Gossip's fiery music, but it is a great testament to why fans are so devoted to the band.

Customer Reviews


There are two types of music lovers. The ones who are inspired by artist’s pure talent to produce and perform music and ones who are infatuated by society’s acceptance as a performing artist. So before you judge the outside cover of a book just remember how musically un-inclined or incompetent you are playing a musical instrument, especially what it takes to express the art of music. If the haters could only listen to music than perceiving a face to the voice, opinions would be different. Especially if Beth was your average skinny blonde/brunette. Never ending music trends will always get old, but there will always be new music out there that will blow your mind...

Holy Crap!

The Gossip is frickin awesome! They rip through these songs with a profound greatness. Beth Ditto is pretty much a goddess...a large and in charge one. She pretty much puts it all into perspective when she says "F**k what other people think. The only thing that matters is what you feel." So yep, screw close minded America, live on Gossip in Liverpool! If you want to be a woman with hairy pits...frickin do it!

they're awesome live

i love this album. it's like you're there. beth ditto has got some fah-king pipes!


Formed: 1999 in Searcy, AR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, this punk trio moved to Olympia, WA, joining the roster of the indie rock label K Records. Guitarist Nathan (aka Brace Paine), drummer Kathy, and singer Beth Ditto proclaimed, "We started a band 'cause we were bored. Our mission is to make you dance, and if you're not gonna dance, just stay at home and listen to the oldies station." K released a self-titled 7" in 1999, and their full-length debut, That's Not What I Heard, was distributed by Kill Rock Stars in late...
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