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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Gossip
Movement
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
These Arkansas bred, Olympia, Washington transplants are back with their 2nd full length, Movement. Ever since they rocked their way onto the scene several years ago, with a raw variety of seductive, bluesy punk, this bass-less trio continues to be one of the most notable success stories for the venerable Olympia-based Kill Rock Stars label.

With a full length, two EPs, and a Levis ad already under their belts, I had a good idea of what to expect before I even popped this disc into my CD player. The Gossip do not disappoint on this latest release, and present some of the freshest and most appealing rock that's available to our ears. While their previous releases have been a little shaky at times, The Gossip have developed a new unyielding confidence and showcase their most solid work to date. A mix of Elvis' most rocking moments and the power of Mama Cass (who's work they openly admire and have been known to cover), they are at the forefront of their genre, which I'll venture to call southern revival, alley rock.

They take a very basic, but appealing, approach to their music; and even a step back from it; Nathan's guitar is strung with only 4 strings and drummer Kathy plays without the benefit of a high-hat, although on here you'd never even notice. Vocalist Beth sings with a power equal to a full gospel chorus and flaunts her soul and sex appeal throughout, which believe me, I am not complaining about. Even when she steps away from the microphone on "All My Days," her distant voices commands your attention and you hardly realize that she's only accompanied by the clapping of hands. On "Jason's Basement" when she screams "What's your hang-up?/Come and dance with me!/No inhibition/Come dance with me!" you desperately want to comply. It's impossible to hear this record and not feel compelled to move. It's dirty, raw and above all damn fine music, and really what else do you need for a good time?

Reviewed by Danielle Marusa
A resident of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Danielle is an occasional contributor to LAS.

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