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.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