I'm guessing not many people predicted that Beth Ditto would go from being the frontwoman of the Gossip - three albums released, minimal success, then get song on Skins, song becomes bit of an albatross - to being interviewed on Jonathan Ross' TV show, presenting the Friday Night Project and becoming the face of Paris fashion week. Such is her magnetic personality, people can't help but fall a bit in love with her. Recently though, there's been a bit of a backlash - journalists have been mumbling about her ubiquity, her size, that appalling collaboration with Mika at the Brits, the way magazine editors use her to represent ALL big women.
Now seems a good time for her (and the other two) to return with some new music. Luckily, Music For Men, produced by Rick Rubin, will be released in June and this is the first single, 'Heavy Cross':
It's good no? Not sure it will have the impact of 'Standing In The Way Of Control' but it's got that same energy and Rubin hasn't completely polished off the edges. We like how the chorus is basically "Ah, ah, ah, ah, oh, woah, e-yeah-o, e-yeah-o". It's time to stop the backlash and fall a bit in love with her again.
This will help too. Amazing.