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Customer Reviews

The Gossip grow up

The Gossip really nailed it on this new album. As always, Beth Ditto's vocals are chilling and rich, and act as the catalyst to this band's success. New drummer Hannah fills in the void of ex-drummer Kathy, and overall sound of the music is cleaner and tighter. This album still has the twinge of the Gossip's Arkansas dirty gospel-r&B-rock sound. Directionally, the Gossip took a risk with this album with amazing results. The cleaner sound has resulted in a rock sound that is reminiscent of great bands of the past couple decades. I look forward to what else the Gossip has in store. Noteworthy tracks are Listen Up! and Fire with Fire.

armpit hair rules, and so do The Gossip!

Whoever it was that wrote about armpit hair is a misogynist. By the way, EVERYONE HAS ARMPIT HAIR!! If you don't like it, shave your own. Now, the review: This is one of their best albums to date (I'm going to see them play tonight!!). They always deliver a cut throat mix of punk, soul, blues, and indie. If you like those genres and politically charged music that reminds you that everyone can't fit into the same mold, then this is the band for you.

Smokin' Hot

The guy who said he can't even listen to The Gossip because Beth is fat and has underarm hair is the reason "artists" like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake will always be at the top of the charts, and that is just fine because The Gossip doesn't need him. I personally happen to think Beth Ditto is just as smokin' hot as the music, but I didn't even know what she looked like until after I had gotten into this amazing band, and was pleasantly surprised when I finally saw pictures of her (Too bad I am married and she is queer...just my luck). Beth's sexy and powerful vocals are a perfect match to the fevered, stripped down guitar and drums and I am happy to say The Gossip is my new obsession.


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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