New Gossip – “Heavy Cross”

Rick Rubin couldn’t save the music business. So let’s see what he can do for the Gossip. The blog-sanctioned arm of daceable punk has been wheezing its last wheeze for awhile, creating an interesting situation for its players: move into other directions or muscle through on look and charm. If the only bands that can get away with a staid sound are those with well defined personality (hey, Franz), and your band includes Beth Ditto, there isn’t much to worry about. So far Rick Rubin’s production work on the trio’s new album Music For Men sounds like a fairly easy paycheck: guitars like Ferdinand, bits of synths, trying to distill “Standing In The Way…”‘s crossover appeal into a tighter little package.

Music For Men is due out 6/22 via Music With A Twist/Sony.