A Joyful Noise (Gossip album)

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A Joyful Noise
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Studio album by Gossip
Released May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11)
Recorded
Genre
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 (2012-03-13)[1]
  2. "Move in the Right Direction"
    Released: June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29)[2]
  3. "Get a Job"
    Released: April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)[3]

A Joyful Noise is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Gossip, released on May 11, 2012 by Columbia Records. The album was produced by Xenomania founder Brian Higgins.

Critical reception[edit]

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

A Joyful Noise received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean 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".[4] 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".[10] 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."[9] However, Priya Elan of the NME felt that "[g]ood moments are squandered by unsatisfying choruses and/or weak lyrics."[11] 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."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

A Joyful Noise debuted at number 100 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in its first week.[16] In Europe, the album debuted at number 47 on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 2,822 copies,[17] while reaching number one in Switzerland, number two in Germany, number three in France, number four in Austria and number eight in Belgium.[18] The album has sold approximately 70,000 copies in France alone.[19]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Melody Emergency"     3:51
2. "Perfect World"  
4:27
3. "Get a Job"     4:59
4. "Move in the Right Direction"  
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 adapted from the liner notes of A Joyful Noise.[24]

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 (tracks 1–3)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Fred Falke – additional programming (all tracks); additional composition (track 4)
  • Luke Fitton – additional programming
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (track 8)
  • Andrea Gorgerino – additional programming
  • Matt Gray – additional programming (all tracks); mixing (tracks 4–7, 9–10)
  • John Hanes – mix engineering (track 8)
  • Brian Higgins – additional programming, production (all tracks); additional composition (track 4); mixing (tracks 4–7, 9–11)
  • Joshua Jenkin – additional programming
  • Kieran Jones – additional programming (all tracks); additional composition (track 4)
  • Chris Kasych – logic engineering (tracks 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 (all tracks); additional composition (track 4)
  • Toby Scott – additional programming, engineering, special production assistant (all tracks); additional composition (track 4); mixing (tracks 4–7, 9–11)
  • Phil Seaford – assistant engineering (track 8)
  • Jeremy Sherrer – additional percussion, engineering
  • Ben Taylor – assistant recording engineering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[52] Gold 71,900[53]
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] Gold 15,000x

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
Germany May 11, 2012 Standard Sony [22][56]
Ireland
  • CD
  • digital download
Columbia [57][58]
France May 14, 2012
  • CD
  • LP
  • digital download
Sony [59][60][61]
United Kingdom Columbia [62][63][64]
Australia May 18, 2012
  • CD
  • digital download
Sony [65][66]
United States May 22, 2012 Columbia [67][68]
Japan June 13, 2012 CD Sony [23]
Germany November 2, 2012
  • 2-CD
  • digital download
Extended [22][69]

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