The Gossip is back, this time simply known as “Gossip,” with a new album titled A Joyful Noise set for release in May. This will be the full-length follow up to 2009’s Music For Men, and it’s clear from “Perfect World” that the band’s disco-punk days are far behind them now. Instead, this is a straightforward lurch toward pop stardom, sounding more like an ‘80s AOR hit than anything that ties them to their past. The video is an appropriately glossy affair, with Beth Ditto cavorting before a stained glass window as she belts out the central hook to the song. Is this a good look for the Gossip? It will certainly be intriguing to see whether A Joyful Noise is full of tracks like this.
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