The six-song EP Arkansas Heat (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) continued the
show in a grander vein. The songs are not only better produced and played, but
also more sophisticated. They still pull out an anthem,
Ain't It The Truth, and they stretch over the
11-minute The Revolution, which is quite a leap from the two-minute
standard of their debut.
Movement (Kill Rock Stars, 2003) is still blues-rock with a punk attitude (Nite), and Beth Ditto is getting better at melodrama (Light Light Sleep).
Unded in NYC (Dim Mak, 2003) is a live album.
Standing In The Way Of Control (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) was
entertaining but not particularly profound or innovative.
Mainly missing in action were Beth Ditto's visceral post-gospel vocals, now
reduced to a gracefully gritty shout. Despite the rhythmic urgency and a more
cohesive sound, even the best songs (the danceable hit Standing In The Way Of Control,
Jealous Girls, Fire With Fire) sounded predictable.
Live in Liverpool (Columbia, 2008) is a live album.
Music For Men (Columbia, 2009)
was a cauldron of vintage stereotypes
grafted onto their disco-punk roots
A Joyful Noise (2012) continued that dramatic artistic decline: the album
is basically pointless, a hodgepodge of nods at whatever electronic dance
music is playing on the radio, with the notable exception of
Move in the Right Direction.
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