Music Today: No Doubt’s Triumphant Return

By: Jack Rowe
By: Jack Rowe

It would be safe to say, No Doubt fans will have a hard time settling down today -- No Doubt has finally released their comeback album! It’s been almost 20 years since they released their first album, Tragic Kingdom, which gift-wrapped such classics as “Just a Girl” – a synth-punk ode to girls – and “Don’t Speak,” a song that I am certain every single American that lived through the 90s has heard. The last they put out was The Singles 1992-2003 which was – you guessed it – something of a greatest hits album. The collection includes whimsical tunes like “Excuse Me Mr.” along with all the other classics – “Underneath It All,” “It’s My Life,” “Simple Kind of Life,” and “Hella Good.”

As pertinent as The Singles 1992-2003 was, it was nothing new – just a care-package of conveniently wrapped No Doubt anthems. But now, after a long hiatus, No Doubt – driven by front woman Gwen Stefani – has added something fresh to their discography. Push and Shove remains true to the funky and punky, electronic-influenced, ska sound. Since the mid-nineties music has progressed and tried to catch up to No Doubt’s sound but the new album has that same golden feel. “Push and Shove,” the albums namesake, makes one more über-catchy ska jam and will prove to be hit, mark my words here. The album also brings No Doubt’s more mellow and angsty sound back with “One More Summer.” And I’m sure everyone who’s a fan has been getting down to the “Settle Down” single released on September 18. It’s safe to say that they pulled it off – No Doubt has successfully came back they did it strong. From what I’ve listened to of Push and Shove so far, I already have a couple new favorite No Doubt songs to add to my already long list.

To sum things up, No Doubt has remained faithful to their following, marked by this triumphant return. It’s okay if you’re just hopping on the bandwagon now, just so long as you hop on.

Check out “Push and Shove”- I just can’t stop listening to it!

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