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Import version of the 4th album from the garagey electro-punks .'Music For Men' is the band's major-label debut and was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and recorded at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu. The album's first single is the dancey 'Heavy Cross.'

1. Dimestore Diamond
2. Heavy Cross
3. 8th Wonder
4. Love Long Distance
5. Pop Goes the World
6. Vertical Rhythm
7. Men in Love
8. For Keeps
9. 2012
10. Love and Let Love
11. Four Letter Word
12. Spare Me from the Mold
13. Pop Goes the World [James Ford Version] [Version] - The Gossip
14. Heavy Cross [Fred Falke Remix] - The Gossip

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0027VSTCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Douglas King VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the first CD I've heard by the Gossip. I've seen pictures and snippets of interviews with feisty front woman Beth Ditto in the media, and finally felt the need to check out the music.

Me likey. Despite all the rumblings about the Gossip being a punk band, "Music for Men" sounds like pure pop bliss to me. The songs are catchy, sincere, and all-inclusive. Musically the album definitely has an 80's feel to it, but it's not the same synthy-electro sound that's been mined so much in recent years ... it's more of a return to a Pat Benetar sound, where a female singer with bona fide technical prowess is combined with guitar-driven rock hooks. There's rebellion here to be sure, but it's less snide and bitter than it is a passionate plea for people to be themselves and enjoy their lives on their own terms.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jacobson on October 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had heard the Gossip's new album would be fused with a bit more dance beats than the last full lenghted album ('Standing in the Way Of Control') so I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about 'Music For Men', but as it turns out there was nothing to worry. The new Gossip album is just as great, if not slightly more exciting than the last one.

Opening number 'Dimestore Diamond' is old school Gossip while the first single "Heavy Cross" features a little more dance beats than the band has used in the stand, still it's a great track.

But the album keeps going with killer track after killer track. Full of angst and attitude, "Music For Men" is a definitive must have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on November 8, 2009
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The appropriately named Gossip have finally made their way to a major label; an accomplishment thanks largely in part to the gossip surrounding lead singer Beth Ditto. Ditto, an overweight fashion icon that appeared nude and unpolished on the cover of NME magazine in 2007 has been making headlines ever since. Ditto's fame coupled with Gossip's breakout album in 2005 with Standing in the Way of Control and a tour with The White Stripes was enough to earn them a move from independent label Kill Rock Stars to Columbia Records.

With their first mainstream release, Gossip still holds true to their underground punk sound. The guitar is raw and the drums are punchy, but lack the in your face kick and snare of most modern releases. The real clarity is given to Beth Ditto's vocals that may not be as refined as Ann Wilson or Pat Benetar, but share a similar power and energy. For a band looking to perfect their sound without losing the edge that got them to where they are, producer Rick Rubin was the perfect choice.

With the first three tracks on Music for Men, Gossip gives new, skeptical listeners a taste of all of their strengths. Gossip opens their album with "Dimestore Diamond," where slapback vocals and a prominent bass groove provide a perfect introduction to this band and definitely creates a curiosity of what else they have to offer. While the album's tempo may start slow, the second track, "Heavy Cross," opens with guitars reminiscent of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and gradually brings in a disco feel that was common in Gossip's past releases. Then, with track three, "8th Wonder" shows off Gossip's true underground punk sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By orbital chaos on August 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
First song I heard was for the Dior commercial, Heavy Cross. And I love that they chose this song for that. So I came here and sampled the rest and bought all the MP3's. I hear Dolly Parton. A faster, edgy, dance-beat Dolly. Beth Ditto does a great job; she has magnetism and energy and brings back some 80's dance flavor. I really like it - like a bolt of heartfelt electricity. Rock It, Beth. I really can't sit still while listening to this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Columbus on February 15, 2014
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I pretty much always buy the whole album, it's a personal philosophy about music and artists and taking in the whole context of a song. That said, I bought this one for "Heavy Cross". Instantly fell in love with "Four Letter Word", "Men in Love" and "For Keeps" some of the other tracks had to seep into my subconscious and grow on me. Now, however, I'm a fan.
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Beth Ditto could sing your shirts off. She channels every diva from Dolly to Stevie Nicks and then her bandmates drive the point home with new-wavey dance-beats and bare-knuckles instrumentation. "Music For Men" is so subtle that it overpowers all in its path, and this is a good thing.

The CD kicks off with "Dimestore Diamond," all about a girl who makes it glamorous on the cheap. With Ditto's public antics (posing naked, etc), it is easy to see how much she would identify with being a non-conformist while trying to get yourself noticed. Same with "Spare Me From The Mold," which reminds me of another great punk-dance band led by a lady with attitude, Romeo Void. The dance kick off "Heavy Cross" plays it tough while still making you want to get on your feet. If that song doesn't get you off your duff, there's plenty of jittery synths to come.

Still, "Music For Men" isn't all punch and pop. "Love and Let Love" and "Four Letter Word" let Ditto get emotive even as the disco ball is spinning. The Gossip cover so much ground and to it so effectively that the temptation to give the album a perfect score is daunting. Every song connects here; my only gripe is that producer Rick Rubin keeps the sound too spartan for my taste (which is unusual in that I rarely find fault with the way he frames the bands he works with). A bit more meat on these bones might have made the album juicier, and I suspect any club-remixes will head in that direction. On the other hand, fans of old-school female-fronted new wave or the new school of 80's agit-pop revivalists (think
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