Standing In The Way Of Control finds the Gossip taking a shuffle away from their customary duct-taped DIY aesthetic onto a slicked-back black-eyeliner disco dance floor. Compared to the John Goodmanson-tweaked Movement, which sounded like it had been recorded in church basements and stairwells with Beth Ditto's voice and handclaps echoing off hollow walls, this disc (produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto) shoves Ditto's unholy wail to the front of the mix and tightens up Nathan 'Brace' Howdeshell's wiry low-end riffs, bolstering the band's blues-based chords with swerves into angular post-punk. That doesn't mean SITWOC is dance-rock-by-the-numbers. Ditto hangs on to her brazen fire-and-brimstone fervour, whether she's howling about mangled hearts or fighting the power, and the trio (drummer Hannah Blilie has replaced Kathy Mendonca) retain enough of their trashy blues 'tude to add a sweaty, raunchy edge to even the most robotic disco bits. Long-time fans might be a bit weirded out by the shift, but a few seconds hearing Ditto channel Peggy Lee on the smoky torch burner Coal To Diamonds should assuage their fears.