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Standing in the Way of Control-2010 World Cup Edit [Import]

GossipAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Uk/Zoom
  • ASIN: B003K061T6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beth Ditto=Punk Goddess April 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I heard about this band in the most unlikely of ways. The NPR music guy was talking about some noteworthy young artists/bands in the Pacific Northwest, and when he played The Gossip, my ears instantly perked up. In his description of their sound, he mostly talked about Ditto's pipes, and that's the way it should be. Sure, Brace's guitar work is catchy and Hannah's drumming is adept enough--but let's face it, punk ain't the most demanding genre when it comes to instrumentation. It's all about style, verve, attitude, and Beth's got all that plus a whole lot of soul. Her Arkansas roots come out in her sexy delivery that's equal parts blues and grrl punch. I would've liked to hear a few more upbeat songs on this disc--it gets a bit slow towards the end--but Ditto knocks every other singer in this genre flat on their ass, so I'll give 'er a break if she likes to break into soulful crooning every once in a while.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole package August 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Awesome sound out of just drums and a guitar; blows White Stripes away, in my humble opinion. Vocals are full and powerful. I have to keep reminding myself the band has only 3 members (no overdubs). Look forward to hearing more of their stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but it could loose the "dance beats". March 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album in my car cd player almost everyday since I bought it. I love half of it and the other half is ok. I think the dance beats work very well, but it makes the cd a bit dated and so does the front cover. I think this would have sounded fresher if it would have been released in the spring of '05 when everyone was still freaking out over Franz Ferdinand, but this band is much more important than that.

I think Beth has the most amazing voice I've heard in years. I listen to her and think of her fitting in with the greatest singers of all time. Her voice warms up like a vintage tube amp and she has such great control over the amount of grit in her voice.

This album still has more balls than anything that's come out in a long time and the tones on the album are second to none. It makes me excited for the next one which will be amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip are lethal February 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Hi Guys

I have to say i disagree with the above-mentioned reviews. I haven't felt the same way about a band since i was going through a large White Stripes phase some years ago.

This band are very similar to the Whites Stripes in that they have that stripped down, bedroom sounding production similar to Elephant. They also have the same type of bluesey guitar licks. The vocals are absolutely tremendous, bringing a soul voice to a rock band, although if she went on American Idol they would slate her.

It is of course the songs themselves that cement this record. Every song is a stone cold hit. The chorus of "coal to diamonds" has so much emotion it makes me feel nauseous.

The only downside is that the chorus of "Keeping you Alive" sounds slightly tacked on, even though it makes the main riff of that song sound cooler.

It is also worth noting that this band are hot enough to have tracks remixed by Belgian rock/dance crossover Soulwax and Le Tigre.

If these guys really float your boat it is worth checking out The Invisible Deck the Rogers Sisters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Is Still Great Music Out There And Right Here April 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This cd by the Gossip is one of those rare ones that you let play all the way through and then start it over again. Very distinct vocals from Beth Ditto and very good music. My personal favorite tracks are the title cut and HOLY WATER.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gossip January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Beth Ditto has one of the strongest voices today, very reminiscent of Janis Joplin. The album is full of suprises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique March 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is the equivalent of what you'd get if you took Janis Joplin & locked her in a recording studio w/ a punk rock guitarist and a dance studio drummer. Excellent. I'll save my 5th star for now because that only goes to albums that withstand the test of time, but definitely a great effort and an enjoyable result.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! January 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album out of curiosity and it has blown my mind. "Your Mangled Heart" is one of the most incredible female rock vocal performances I have ever heard! You MUST check this out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is the best album from this band, and I totally loved it. The sound they have on this record is amazing.
Published 3 months ago by Miguel Hurtado Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Ditto's voice is why vinyl still exists!
I recently started collecting vinyl. I was listening to this album when I randomly decided to search for it on vinyl. I found it cheap.
When I got it (new) I played it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by BeNoEvil
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are new to the Gossip
and want to try them out, I would get this album first. My very first Gossip song I ever heard was Perfect World (which I love) and I bought all of their albums at once. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Timothy McGivney
5.0 out of 5 stars To find out Gossip LP, "Standing in the way of control"
I Knew this album five or four years ago. I seached it in the music shops in madrid (Spain), but I could find out it at last in Amazon. Great! I love it.
Published 21 months ago by Diana Gómez
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip - Standing in the way of control
Great record. Horribly packed and shipped. Had to send back and get a replacement due to the record being almost bent in half when i received it. Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by J. WAMRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip's best yet - and let's stop calling it "punk".
In a fair and just world, Britney Spears would be begging for quarters on the street corner and Beth Ditto would be adored by millions of people everywhere. Read more
Published on August 6, 2008 by Wayne Hiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen Up Now!
I can't get enough of this CD! When I was flipping through channels one night I came upon the video for "Standing In The Way Of Control" and completely went ape shizz over the... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by Bradley Jacobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Realllllllllly Good!!! Thanks David Letterman!!
Ok, so I was watching Letterman, doing some other stuff, not really giving the final segment 100% of my attention, and all of the sudden I noticed the music... Read more
Published on April 17, 2008 by JohnDon
3.0 out of 5 stars The New Gossip
When I hated "new" rock music, The Gossip convinced me to give it another chance. I bought "That's Not What I Heard" and they became my favorite new group. Read more
Published on January 27, 2008 by Superbug Safety
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight trio
After seeing their videos for "standing in the way of control" and "listen up," I had to have this album. And I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Steven
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