Music For Men
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this cd, music full of enegy. Heavy cross ofcorse the favorite. I lent out the cd to everyone. Again great music.Published on January 29, 2014 by Daniel Ponce
The tunes are catchy and the singer has a powerful, non-auto-tuned voice. If you don't catch yourself tapping your feet to this music, you're missing out!Published on December 26, 2013 by Political Junkie
I can listen to this cd over and over. Men in love is my favorite. Gossip is one of a kind I can't wait to see them in concert!Published on December 22, 2013 by Mom, Teacher, Sister and Daughter
I bought one for me and One for my Best Friend for Christmas. Was very pleased ;) Arrived on time and liked that I got a digital copy as well.Published on August 24, 2013 by Rachel