Entertainment Weekly (p.76) - "[T]he album has bursts of riot-disco alchemy..."
Billboard (p.32) - "[B]y second track 'Perfect World' we're into the buoyant, synth-propelled dance pop that Gossip does so well....A JOYFUL NOISE is a job well done."
Q (Magazine) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A JOYFUL NOISE is utterly in thrall to Europop, with producer Brian Higgins of Xenomania adding his trademark electro beats and synth squiggles."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Higgins draws out Gossip's disco and house leanings without sacrificing the punk snarl....[With] toweringly camp singles like the slinky 'Perfect World'..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.73) - "Casualties Of War', 'Horns' and 'I Won't Play' are swooning souvenirs from love's battlefield, but best of all is 'Get A Job,' a trustafarian-baiting disco romp."
Personnel: Beth Ditto (vocals); Nathan Howdeshell (guitar, keyboards, programming); Hannah Blilie (drums, percussion, programming); Jeremy Sherrer (percussion); Brian Higgins, Matt Gray, Owen Parker, Kieran Jones, Jason Resch, Fred Falke, Jerry Bouthier, Andrea Gorgerino, Luke Fitton, Joshua Jenkin, Sam Martin , Toby Scott (programming).
Audio Mixers: Brian Higgins; Matt Gray; Toby Scott.
Recording information: KBC Records, Portland, OR; Xenomania Studios, England.
Photographers: Rankin ; Mike Larremore.
Olympia dance-punk trio Gossip return with A Joyful Noise, their first album in three years. The new record follows 2009's Music for Men, an album that made significant waves in the U.K., expanding the band's caché exponentially. A Joyful Noise finds the band working with producer Brian Higgins of Xenomania, known for his hit-making work with Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, and others. The album's enormous production sees Gossip incorporating striking house and disco influences into their D.I.Y. punk-rooted dance songs, all of which are guided by vocalists Beth Ditto's boomingly powerful vocals. The album is the group's second for Capitol Records.