GOSSIP – INTO THE WILD
Gossip is an American trio known for their dance-punk tunes. However, with Into the Wild, they decidedly take the word “punk” right out of the picture. It really is no surprise, as they moved from producer Rick Rubin to Brian Higgins. You would imagine that switching from the man who produced Blood Sugar Sex Magik to the producer of the Sugababes might smooth out any rough edges, and you would be right. Into the Wild feels more Kylie Minogue than it does Sex Pistols, and fortunately, that is a good thing. This electro-pop song resurrects the best aspects of disco-era female vocalists, with the swagger of the bass, and the powerful and passionate singing. Fearless lead singer Beth Ditto feels like she should be wearing a sequin dress while singing this, instead of the usual outlandish next-to-naked gear she dons live on stage. It is smooth and seductive, especially when she belts the romantic line “we’ll self-destruct together”. It is the perfect lounge music. A far cry from the guitar-driven tracks of 2009′s Music For Men, but this diva image seems to suit her better.