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Music For Men [CD]

Gossip Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, this punk trio moved to Olympia, WA, joining the roster of the indie rock label K Records. Guitarist Nathan (aka Brace Paine), drummer Kathy, and singer Beth proclaimed, "We started a band 'cause we were bored. Our mission is to make you dance, and if you're not gonna dance, just stay at home and listen to the oldies ... Read more in Amazon's Gossip Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B002BEXEWY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)
14. Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)

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Originally formed by vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Billie in 1999 in Olympia, Washington, Gossip is a hybrid of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion. This three piece from Portland, Oregon first garnered attention in the UK with the release of the breakthrough album Standing In The Way Of Control in 2006. The band is led by the inimitable Beth Ditto – larger than life, forthright, rebel rousing and infectious. Beth's vocals have been compared to such legends as Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner although her and the band's sound is uniquely their own. Recorded at the historic Shrangri La Studios in Malibu, Music For Men completely captures Beth Ditto’s powerful vocals and the Gossips fiery sound. Beth Ditto continues to pick up accolades across the globe, from topping the NME annual cool list to becoming an unsuspecting fashion icon landing major magazine covers around the world.
Music For Men is produced by multi Grammy Award-winner Rick Rubin.

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THE GOSSIP Music For Men (2009 UK issue 12-track CD album - Recorded at the historic Shrangri La Studios in Malibu with legendary producer Rick Rubin Music For Men completely captures Beth Dittos powerful vocals and the Gossips fiery sound. Includes the singles Heavy Cross & Love Long Distance)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip Is Good For You 22 Jun 2009
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Gossip is a band. That's the main message here. A manifesto.

Ms Ditto has been clear in recent interviews that it's not
all about her. An impressive black and white portrait of
stunningly androgynous drummer Ms Billie gets the front page.
The symbolically/symbiotically cloned Paine/Ditto image, however,
is relegated to the backside but bears clear witness to their long
friendship and increasingly fruitful musical collaboration.

2006's breakthrough album 'Standing In The Way Of Control' paved
the way - 'Music For Men' takes a winning formula and pushes it
further with even greater clarity and energy.

In no small measure the vivid realisation of these 12 new songs
(+ 2 remixes) succeeds due to Mr Rubin's masterful production.

He brings out the best in all three band members.
Ms Ditto has never sounded better. Her unique and instantly
recognisable voice (with its wonderfully wayward tendencies)
has greater power and focus than ever before.

Mr Paine and Ms Billie provide solid support throughout
but we are left in little doubt, despite their best intentions
to persuade us, that Ms Ditto is indisputably the star of the show.

....and what a great show it is !!

From the four-square blues stomp of opening track 'Dimestore Diamond'
to the post-post-punk rollicking ride of 'Spare Me From The Mold'
( with Mr Nielsen's silly sax adding to the mayhem ) we know we are
in the presence of a great little band firing on all six cylinders.

There's no waste here. It's all good. It doesn't let up for a moment.
'Men In Love', 'Heavy Cross' and 'Four Letter Word', with its
grungy synthesiser arrangement, are all standout tracks.

Finely honed, consumately executed, elemental rock
played straight from the heart. Truly stonking stuff!

Highly Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This was my first gossip cd, after being encouraged to listern to them by a very good friend. The album is absolutely brilliant, this is the first time I have bought a cd, and loved every track. It is punchy, and exciting, and I was able to let my daughter listern to it with me without censoring it due to swearing. ( she loved it to). I would recommend the gossip to anyone, and have now bought two of there other albums tonight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for Everyone 22 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Love her or hate her it can't be denied that Beth Ditto is a force of nature and a track like `Standing in the Way of Control' emphasises this in dramatic style. Her demanding vocals drove thousands of people to ecstasy when it was rereleased in 2007, propelling it to #7 in the UK charts. Now The Gossip return with first major label album `Music for Men', released on Music With a Twist (Sony Music Label Group). So has the move to a major done them any good? Well quite simply yes. The music is calmer, more minimalist and generally more focused. Generally it is a more appealing sound for a wider audience. This isn't to say that they have lost their dramatic edge just that it has become more restrained and better focused.

This album sees The Gossip using more open arrangements which allow you to hear the intricacies and clever touches which were in some cases lost on the previous album. Beth's voice is much calmer and more tuneful. The half shout technique has disappeared from her repertoire, and it's a good thing. If she were to use it over these more stripped back arrangements then it would feel too over the top and forced. One exception is 8th Wonder which builds towards the end of the track to rolling drum and guitar sections as well as Beth's unmistakable vocal shout. This will be a live favourite. The vocals instead are well pitched with more sweeps and general diversity. The real quality of her voice comes out. There are some clever touches in the lyrics as well such as in `Love Long Distance' where Beth seamlessly drops in a little bit of Marvin Gaye's `Heard it Through the Grape Vine', and `2012' steals the hook from Kiss' track `I Was Made for Loving You Baby' with different lyrics carefully grafted to that amazing tune.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy weight contender 22 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Gossip, formerly "The Gossip" return after there aclaimed album "Standing in the Way of Control" which only seemed to gain a following after the title track being use on "Skins" - following this, powerhouse Beth went on the celebrity circuit, appearing in numerous daily rags in skimpy clothing, talking about eating squirrels on talk shows and doing the various music venues with gusto...

I feared that when Gossip finally returned with their next album they would have succumbed to music execs and would have tamed their rock roots. Thank god I'm wrong - a worthy return and worth buying the album for "Heavy Cross" alone, something to fill the stereo until Florence and the Machine finally hit the scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
brilliant cd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 25 April 2013
By Vixx H VINE VOICE
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This is a really good album, it's not my normal type of music but I have to say I enjoyed this album. I would probably buy another of their CDs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well produced... 11 April 2013
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This is a great recording and some great music! Bought the record based on a few tracks, but was surprised of the overall quality of the tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! 2 April 2013
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Having heard one song from this band on tv, was so impressed with, decided to buy the album. Was not disappointed - this is a great album and has many catchy, easy to sing-along-to songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed nicely
Packed nicely, no creases on sleeve.
Highly reckommended company for the vinyl format.
All corners on sleeve are in perfect shape at arrival.
Published 16 months ago by Joakim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, Fab Fab
I heard this band on the advert on the TV and googled the song lyrics to find out who they are. Noe I think I must have heard of Beth Ditto on Jools Holland. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mo from Nottingham
4.0 out of 5 stars gossip
Heavy Cross was always featured in the brief clips of the band on the festival circuit a few years back. Since the album was now rock-bottom price, why not add to the collection. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LTO
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip
I heard Heavy Cross on a tv advert for Dior i found the track and artist on line bought the cd and was hooked .Beth Ditto you are outstanding.
Published 18 months ago by shep51
5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Ditto and Gossip
I originally purchased this album some time ago but it was the version without the re-mix, anyway, it went missing, I turned the place upside down but couldn't find it. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Idol Gossip
I have been a Gossip fan ever since Standing In The Way Of Control. I guess I wasn't too big a fan because I didn't buy Music For Men when it came out. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by TheMasterSoFresh
4.0 out of 5 stars The fat girl can sing!!
Vocals are excellent in this alternative Brit Rock (garage punk whatevah) album. Nice, uncommon tunes. There are at least 3 tracks to like, apart from 'Heavy Cross'.
Published on 14 Nov 2010 by D. G. LIBEROPOULOS
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it!
Surprisingly good. Maybe it's missing a slow song or two but on the whole it's a CD to listen to while doing the housework or driving, loudly.
Published on 9 July 2010 by I Finney
3.0 out of 5 stars makes you moove your feet. That girl has lungs!
The first 5 tracks are very good but the end of the album lets it down slightly. Still very worth a listen.
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by Richy boy
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