A Joyful Noise (Gossip album)

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A Joyful Noise
Studio album by Gossip
Released May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11)
Recorded KBC Records (Portland, Oregon)
Xenomania Studios (Kent, England)
Genre Dance-punk, indie rock, synthpop, alternative dance
Length 44:04
Label Columbia
Producer Brian Higgins
Gossip chronology
Music for Men
(2009)
A Joyful Noise
(2012)
Singles from A Joyful Noise
  1. "Perfect World"
    Released: March 13, 2012[1]
  2. "Move in the Right Direction"
    Released: July 1, 2012[2]
  3. "Get A Job"
    Released: February 15, 2013

A Joyful Noise is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Gossip, released digitally on May 11, 2012 and physically on May 22, 2012 by Columbia Records.[3][4] The album was produced by Xenomania founder Brian Higgins.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Clash 6/10[7]
Drowned in Sound 4/10[8]
Entertainment Weekly B−[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
The Independent 4/5 stars[11]
NME 3/10[12]
Pitchfork Media 5.9/10[13]
PopMatters 5/10[14]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[15]

A Joyful Noise received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 24 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[5] Andy Gill of The Independent gave the album four out of five stars, writing that "the involvement of Brian Higgins on A Joyful Noise enables the group to break new ground with confidence".[11] The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan gave the album three out of five stars and stated that "it's Girls Aloud producer Higgins to the rescue, with a sound influenced by Abba and Madonna. Having said that, Gossip—especially Beth Ditto, in waspishly fine voice here—seem very much at home with it."[10] However, Priya Elan of the NME felt that "[g]ood moments are squandered by unsatisfying choruses and/or weak lyrics."[12] The Independent on Sunday's Simon Price expressed that after a few years of career, Ditto "already feels like a footnote", adding that the band pairing up with Higgins "should be a stroke of genius, but Higgins has caught Ditto & co at a point where they appear to have disastrously lost their fire."[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

A Joyful Noise debuted at number 100 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in its first week.[17] In Europe, the album debuted at number forty-seven on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 2,822 copies,[18] while reaching number one in Switzerland, number two in Germany, number three in France, number four in Austria and number eight in Belgium.[19] The album has sold approximately 70,000 copies in France alone.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Beth Ditto, Hannah Blilie, and Nathan Howdeshell, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Melody Emergency"   3:51
2. "Perfect World" (Gossip, Brian Higgins, Luke Fitton, Toby Scott) 4:27
3. "Get a Job"   4:59
4. "Move in the Right Direction" (written by Gossip and Xenomania; composed by Higgins, Fred Falke, Kieran Jones, Jason Resch, and Scott) 3:31
5. "Casualties of War"   4:15
6. "Into the Wild"   3:13
7. "Get Lost"   4:07
8. "Involved"   4:15
9. "Horns"   3:45
10. "I Won't Play"   3:19
11. "Love in a Foreign Place"   4:22

Personnel[edit]

Credits for A Joyful Noise adapted from liner notes.[22]

Gossip
  • Gossip – additional production
  • Beth Ditto – vocals
  • Hannah Blilie – drums, percussion
  • Nathan Howdeshell – guitar, keyboards, live bass, programming
Additional personnel
  • Jerry Bouthier – additional programming
  • Rich Costey – mixing (1–3)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Fred Falke – additional programming
  • Luke Fitton – additional programming
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (8)
  • Andrea Gorgerino – additional programming
  • Matt Gray – additional programming (all tracks); mixing (4–7, 9–10)
  • John Hanes – mix engineering (8)
  • Brian Higgins – additional programming, production (all tracks); mixing (4–7, 9–11)
  • Joshua Jenkin – additional programming
  • Kieran Jones – additional programming
  • Chris Kasych – logic engineering (1–3)
  • Mike Larremore – additional photography
  • Jeri Lynn – art direction
  • Sam Martin – additional programming
  • Owen Parker – additional programming
  • Tara Perkins – management
  • Rankin – photography
  • Jason Resch – additional programming
  • Toby Scott – additional programming, engineering, special production assistant (all tracks); mixing (4–7, 9–11)
  • Phil Seaford – assistant engineering (8)
  • Jeremy Sherrer – additional percussion, engineering
  • Ben Taylor – assistant recording engineering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[49] Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[51] Gold 15,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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