Babies of the 90′s will remember No Doubt for their fun, high energy music that dominated the airwaves and introduced us to fashionista and beauty icon Gwen Stefani. After a long hiatus, two Stefani solo albums, a fashion empire with L.A.M.B. and 11 years without a new album, the original members have reunited to bring their brand of soca back with Push And Shove.
It’s nice that after so long out of the spotlight, No Doubt aren’t relying on any tricks to win over fans. Push And Shove is actually the perfect follow up album in their discography. It would be understandable to worry that all of the time apart had changed them, but fans are going to feel very comfortable with these songs. It brings elements of sound, rhythm and lyrics from their last three albums.
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No Doubt start the album big with the first single “Settle Down” and the dance track “Looking Hot”. This is the kind of No Doubt you will remember with fun reggae beats and rocking bass. It will make you want to shake it in your living room.
Things get significantly slower from there on moving to more mellow tracks and almost ballads like the final track “Dreaming The Same Dream”. It’s all still very No Doubt though. It’s true that there could have been a tad more high energy tracks, but if you remember correctly these slower tunes were always a part of their catalogue. Songs like “Don’t Speak” and “Underneath It All” became fan favourites once they were finished dancing to the fast songs. They are diverse and considerably older than the last time we saw them. If you want more bangers, pick up the deluxe edition for a fun cover of “Stand And Deliver” and remixes of some of the other tracks.
The relaxed Cali vibe is still all over Push And Shove making us wish this album hit shelves earlier in the summer, so it could become our patio anthems. Instead we will chill by the fire with Gwen and co.