Music for Men

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Music for Men
Studio album by Gossip
Released June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
Recorded Shangri La Studios, Malibu
Genre
Length 43:27
Label Columbia
Producer Rick Rubin
Gossip chronology
Standing in the Way of Control
(2006)
Music for Men
(2009)
A Joyful Noise
(2012)
Singles from Music for Men
  1. "Heavy Cross"
    Released: April 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)
  2. "Love Long Distance"
    Released: September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13)
  3. "Pop Goes the World"
    Released: March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
  4. "Men in Love"
    Released: October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) (Germany)[1]

Music for Men is the fourth studio album by the American band Gossip, released in 2009 by Columbia Records.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
BBC Music favorable[6]
Drowned in Sound 5/10[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
The Independent 4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media 6.4/10[10]
Planet Sound 4/10[11]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[12]
The Times 2/5 stars[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

Music for Men received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 69, based on 26 reviews.[4] The album's production was criticized due to its "loud" sound quality.[15] Albums such as this have been mastered so loud that additional digital distortion is generated during the production of the CD. The trend, known as the loudness war, has become very common on modern rock CDs. In 2010, Music for Men earned Gossip a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.[16]

Chart Performance[edit]

The album was a massive success in Europe with sales of 280,000 in France alone, where it also spent 138 weeks in the chart.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Dimestore Diamond"   3:16
2. "Heavy Cross"   4:06
3. "8th Wonder"   3:17
4. "Love Long Distance"   4:26
5. "Pop Goes the World"   3:27
6. "Vertical Rhythm"   3:50
7. "Men in Love"   3:41
8. "For Keeps"   4:08
9. "2012"   3:51
10. "Love and Let Love"   3:32
11. "Four Letter Word"   3:49
12. "Spare Me from the Mold"   2:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Beth Ditto – vocals, spoken word (track 11), whispering (track 10)
  • Brace Paine – guitar, bass, keyboards, sampler percussion
  • Hannah Blilie – drums, percussion
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Greg Fidelman – additional percussion
  • Dana Nielsen – editing, engineer, saxophone [18][19]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Amazon – Music For Men
  3. ^ Gossip Official Website
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  5. ^ Music for Men at AllMusic
  6. ^ BBC review
  7. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  8. ^ The Guardian review
  9. ^ The Independent review
  10. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  11. ^ Planet Sound review
  12. ^ Spin review
  13. ^ The Times review
  14. ^ Uncut review
  15. ^ Barnbeck, Carsten (August 25, 2009). "STEREO fühlt dem Dynamikwahn auf den Zahn". STEREO (in German). Reiner H. Nitschke Verlags. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  16. ^ "21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards – English Language Nominees". Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Gossip/Music-For-Men-a107376676.html
  18. ^ AllMusic 'Music for Men' Album Credits
  19. ^ ARTISTdirect 'Dana Nielsen' Credits
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