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Music For Men

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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.'

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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. The Breakdown


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B0027VSTCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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The commercial made me want the song. The song made me interested in the band. This song is sexy and serious and obviously wants to be stuck in your head all day. It's great for singing alone and for dancing. Super fu .
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I found Gossip randomly on YouTube in 2011 late one night--I ended up watching the videos for "Men In Love," "Love Long Distance," "Heavy Cross," and "Pop Goes the World" over and over again, and I had to get this album! Luckily, after a couple of years and an iTunes download, I finally purchased the album on Amazon, and I couldn't be happier! The one thing that moved me to purchase this album, aside from my love for the band, is that this particular album came with a bonus track that I had never heard before! It didn't seem to fit the rest of the album, but it was a beautiful song to hint to their next album, "A Joyful Noise," and in that respect it was a perfect bonus track that I truly love just as much as the rest of the album!
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By Brook on January 28, 2013
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Gossip is PURE GENIUS. I accidentally came across this group on YouTube and fell in love. The reason I bought this CD was for the songs I heard like "Long Distance Love" and "Heavy Cross". It is superb and very well done. I'm surprised this band is not as mainstream. They are that good.
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really enjoy it from start to finish and over multiple listens, which is saying a lot these days. not as gritty as their early work but retains the soul and realness they've always had with an updated sound. recommended.
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