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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. This is a truly astonishing effort; a crowdpleaser and a call to arms--now let's go and change the world.
  3. While it isn't quite as honed as "Standing in the Way of Control," on Music for Men the Gossip sound perfectly at home in their new digs, while remaining true to their essence.
  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. Rick Rubin produces; a mixed blessing.
  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
    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.
    still haven't met anyone who doesn't think it's amazing. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    Gossip 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
    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 songs are also very lame - which leads the album to be only good mean. A longer production time would have helped maybe. Expand