New release (Columbia)
The Gossip don’t want to be in anybody’s revolution if they can’t dance. Unlike most of their past work, this is not a radical redefinition of a dance-pop record: It’s a dance-pop record, period. The lyrics are smart and sexually enlightened as ever, and the music is shockingly commercial: They’ve decided that the lush sensuality of vintage disco suits their agenda just fine. And frontwoman Beth Ditto sure doesn’t need any AutoTune.
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