Music For Men

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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produces the band's major label debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. On Music for Men, the band's devotion to being itself has finally found it a place in the mainstream.
  2. 80
    Brace yourselves, naysayers, for a tour de force.
  3. 80
    It stands out as a piece that’s refreshing, bold in musicality, and still defiant as ever--just the way we like our Gossip.
  4. As a musical statement of intent to the throngs of the newly interested, Music For Men shows a clear picture of who Gossip want to be--a New Millennial Madonna for whom Danceteria never closes. But for those who have been following Gossip's career, waiting with bated breath to see how the band will evolve, this new record may feel a little too much like they are still Standing in the Way of Control.
  5. There's nothing really to grab them: too many of the songs seem a little underweight. It may be that 'Heavy Cross' is enough to save the Gossip from indie one-hit-wonderdom, but there's no escaping the fact that Music for Men doesn't do the thing it really needs to.
  6. Ditto and co. have been miles beyond this for years now, and by turning to a tired sound without bringing any new ideas, they risk losing what made them so unique in the first place.
  7. 40
    It's surprising how straight down the line this album is. [Jul 2009, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Someone convinced me to listen to this. I immediately went out and bought the CD.
    Everyone who listened to my copy did exactly the same.
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    Someone convinced me to listen to this. I immediately went out and bought the CD.
    Everyone who listened to my copy did exactly the same.
    I still haven't met anyone who doesn't think it's amazing.
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  2. Jun 12, 2012
    6
    Gossip got too pop, honestly. Their first albums were more agressive, and they were more dance-punk. The album has some good songs: "DimestoreGossip got too pop, honestly. Their first albums were more agressive, and they were more dance-punk. The album has some good songs: "Dimestore Diamond" and "Heavy Cross" have a stronger grip, and just it. The others don't have the same characteristic which affects the album rhythm. "Standing In The Way Of Control" is way better than this one... Collapse
  3. Oct 18, 2012
    6
    Indie rock capable for the mass-market - the voice of Beth Ditto is interesting and a couple of bass lines stay in your head. But some songsIndie rock capable for the mass-market - the voice of Beth Ditto is interesting and a couple of bass lines stay in your head. But some songs are also very lame - which leads the album to be only good mean. A longer production time would have helped maybe. Expand