Gossip ”Perfect World”

Beth Ditto has always had one of the fiercest wails, but one of the coolest developments in the blues-punk-dance-pop-whatever trio’s evolving sound – in much evidence on their latest album A Joyful Noise – is Ditto actually learning how to, like, sing – all pretty and stuff. She’s still got that fierce wail, but it means more when she uses it these days. That’s such a good thing. Also: the intro to this song always makes me think I’m encountering a contemporary cover of Echo & the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon” – one with a good beat that you can dance to. And that always makes me think: Gossip should totally cover “The Killing Moon.”