Standing in the Way of Control Every Gossip record is a party — a boozy, sloppy, sexy party littered with broken bottles and sweaty dalliances. The Olympia,Washington-by-way-of-Arkansas trio, led by lung-busting… Standing in the Way of Control Every Gossip record is a party — a boozy, sloppy, sexy party littered with broken bottles and sweaty dalliances. The Olympia,Washington-by-way-of-Arkansas trio, led by lung-busting… 2006-01-24 The Gossip Rock
Music Review

Standing in the Way of Control (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2006; Lead Performance: The Gossip; Genre: Rock

Every Gossip record is a party — a boozy, sloppy, sexy party littered with broken bottles and sweaty dalliances. The Olympia,Washington-by-way-of-Arkansas trio, led by lung-busting blooze-punk princess Beth Ditto, go clean (maybe too clean) on Standing in the Way of Control's production; somebody has nearly DustBustered the ''garage'' right out of their gorgeously messy garage-rock sound. What remains is a bare-bones backbeat, a few menacing guitar riffs, and Ditto's cracked, crackling dynamism. With a little more behind her, the Gossip just might hit an A.

Originally posted Jan 20, 2006 Published in issue #860 Jan 27, 2006 Order article reprints