GOSSIP, THE: Standing in the Way of Control: CD

This band is bluesy and dancey but not whiny or poppy. Not sure if that’s a good description… but that’s what I can come up with. The title track showcases the front woman’s full range of soulful singing (on par with ‘80s Michael Jackson and shit… no lie) and comes complete with an Against Me! disco drum beat and a hypnotic bass line. The music sometimes reminds me of a polished XBRBX… and that’s an even worse description than the aforementioned one. That just means the band is constructing their own sound so craftily that you just can’t pin them down to one description. That, in my book, is a good thing. This is highly recommended for those who dig anything on Kill Rock Stars.

 –mrz (Kill Rock Stars)