Music for Men

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Music for Men
Gossip - Music for Men.png
Studio album by Gossip
Released June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
Studio Shangri-La Studios
(Malibu, California)
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
  2. "Love Long Distance"
    Released: September 13, 2009
  3. "Pop Goes the World"
    Released: March 8, 2010
  4. "Men in Love"
    Released: October 29, 2010[1]

Music for Men is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Gossip. It was released on June 19, 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 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]

Commercial performance[edit]

Music for Men was particularly successful in Europe, with sales of 280,000 copies in France alone, where it spent 138 weeks on the chart.[17] In the United States, the album had sold 42,000 copies as of March 2012.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gossip.

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]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Music for Men.[19]

Gossip

  • Beth Ditto – vocals
  • Hannah Blilie – drums, illustration, percussion
  • Brace Paine – art direction, bass, guitar, keyboards, sampler percussion

Additional personnel

  • Jeri Lynn Beard – art direction
  • Lee Broomfield – photography
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Greg Fidelman – additional percussion, mixing, recording
  • Meghan Foley – art direction
  • James Ford – original drum elements (on "Pop Goes the World")
  • Jason Gossman – editing
  • Sara Lyn Killion – additional engineering
  • Eric Lynn – additional engineering
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Dana Nielsen – additional recording, editing, saxophone
  • Rick Rubin – production
  • Mark Santangelo – mastering assistance
  • Andrew Scheps – additional mixing

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[54] Platinum 20,000*
Belgium (BEA)[55] Gold 15,000*
France (SNEP)[56] 2× Platinum 280,000[17]
Germany (BVMI)[57] 3× Gold 300,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[58] Platinum 30,000^
United States 42,000[18]
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 1,000,000[59]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men in Love: Gossip". Amazon (Germany (in German). Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Amazon – Music For Men
  3. ^ Gossip Official Website Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "Music For Men – Gossip". Metacritic. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  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 Archived 2009-07-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Barnbeck, Carsten (August 25, 2009). "STEREO fühlt dem Dynamikwahn auf den Zahn". Stereo (in German). Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  16. ^ "21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards – English Language Nominees". Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Gossip – Music For Men +4 Titres Bonus". Charts in France (in French). Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Cubarrubia, RJ (March 13, 2012). "Gossip Announces New Album: Hear First Single 'Perfect World'". Billboard. Retrieved January 27, 2018. 
  19. ^ Music for Men (liner notes). Gossip. Columbia Records. 2009. 88697 06230 2. 
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  21. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Gossip – Music for Men" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gossip – Music for Men" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gossip – Music for Men" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  24. ^ "Top Stranih [Top Foreign]" (in Croatian). Top Foreign Albums. Hrvatska diskografska udruga. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gossip – Music for Men" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  26. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 121 no. 27. July 11, 2009. p. 51. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2018 – via Google Books. 
  27. ^ "Gossip: Music for Men" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  28. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  29. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gossip – Music for Men" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  30. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 26, 2009". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  31. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  32. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  33. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  34. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  35. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  36. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gossip – Music for Men". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  37. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  38. ^ "Gossip Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  39. ^ "Gossip Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  40. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 2009" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2009 – Albums" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Rapports Annuels 2009 – Albums" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Year End Charts – European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. 2009. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  45. ^ "Classement Albums – année 2009" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  46. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 2009" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  47. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2009". swisscharts.com. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  48. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 2010" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  49. ^ "Year End Charts – European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. 2010. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  50. ^ "Classement Albums – année 2010" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  51. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 2010" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  52. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2010". swisscharts.com. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  53. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  54. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Gossip – Music for Men" (in German). IFPI Austria. November 16, 2010.  Enter Gossip in the field Interpret. Enter Music for Men in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  55. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2009". Ultratop. Hung Medien. September 25, 2009. 
  56. ^ "French album certifications – Gossip – Music for Men" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. July 8, 2010. 
  57. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Gossip; 'Music for Men')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  58. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Gossip; 'Music for Men')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  59. ^ Hurst, Elizabeth (October 2, 2010). "Backbeat". Billboard. Vol. 122 no. 39. p. 46. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 27, 2018 – via Google Books.