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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 (33 customer reviews)
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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.

BBC Review

Gossip's latest album is set to reinforce the band's reputation as a fierce rock 'n' roll trio and improve Beth Ditto's already respected standing as a killer frontwoman.

More importantly for the band, Music For Men will finally persuade critics that they're capable of more than one terrific single.

Brilliant gay rights anthem Standing In The Way Of Control has left a long shadow, but with legendarily reductive producer Rick Rubin at the helm the killer tunes occur far more frequently on this fourth album than they have before.

After a killer mood-setting start with Dimestore Diamond's sleazy bass wobble and Beth's petulantly seductive croon, this record is a defiant, solidly entertaining work.

Ditto is a proud, smartly mischievous personality and in a fair world these songs, which seem a clear extension of her character, would make Gossip far more feted.

Particular stand-outs on MFM include moments such as when a sharp, staccato Queens Of The Stone Age sharp, staccato riff is channelled effectively by guitarist Bruce Paine for the scathing 8th Wonder and the incongruous Love Long Distance.

The latter tempers St Etienne/Pet Shop Boys piano riffage with a disco beat and synths, while Ditto has never sounded cooler than when she semi-quotes Marvin Gaye with the knowing line, ''I heard it through the bassline that much longer would you be my baby''. On this evidence Gossip could easily make an album of old-skool house anthems.

Men In Love is another hit-in-waiting built more for the dancefloor than the moshpit which shows the band's glitterball tendencies are sincere. Hannah Billie supplies a terrific beat while Paine's riffs comprise a few simple notes. It's not complex but the supple groove is massively satisfying.

In lesser production hands Music For Men could have left the band sounding like New Young Pony Club copyists. But Rubin has helped guide Ditto and Co to territory where the dance elements of the album never sound shoehorned in, while retaining their punk bite. --Lou Thomas

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2009
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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I must admit I was a little disappointed with this album.I absolutely love Beth Ditto and I love the driving baseline and and kind of punk/funk feel to some of Beth Ditto songs/Gossip songs and her voice is amazing but apart from a few tracks I did not feel this album is one I'll play again ad again.It does not really stand up to tracks like Standing in the way of control.
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By LTO on 18 Jan. 2013
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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. As with most albums, from any band, you are lucky to get 2/3 tracks that really appeal, and tend to skip the rest? In this case HC is the stand-out, therefore making it the bench mark for the remainder. In my opinion they don't quite get there, although the album as a whole is quite listenable, without skipping tracks. I don't know how far this band can go, but overall I prefer the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, in comparison.
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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. When I saw the new Dior advert with Heavy Cross as the music I just had to buy a replacement and with a bit of research got the version with the re-mix, well worth it.
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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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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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