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Push and Shove

September 25, 2012

No Doubt aren't just 11 years older than they were when they released their last LP. They're determined to be wiser. Push and Shove leans toward synthpop-flavored ballads with grown-up themes: relationship struggles, the rewards of long-term romance....

Song Review

"Push and Shove"

September 11, 2012

On No Doubt's M.I.A.-tinged comeback hit, "Settle Down," Gwen Stefani reminded us how a true food-court princess gets down. The band calls this Diplo-produced track its "Bohemian Rhapsody." It stacks SoCal ska, a big alt-rock chorus, dancehall flow and...

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Return Of Saturn

April 27, 2000

The difference between obscurity and overexposure is only one video and a few million Total Request Live votes. After languishing for years on the Orange County, California, ska scene, No Doubt sold 15 million copies worldwide of their 1995 album, Tragic...

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Rock Steady

January 2, 2002

The American people didn't take too long to get bored with the ska boom of 1996, which came and went even faster than ska booms usually do. But we still haven't gotten over No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, who lingers around the radio like the last of the hot-pink...

Album Review

Tragic Kingdom

December 9, 1996
Not Rated

It's the rhythm, stupid. Oh, and in No Doubt's case, a platinum-blond peach of a female singer, Gwen Stefani, who breaks up the asexual baggy-shorts-and-balloon-pants monotony of alt-nation guy rock (311 included). Both Tragic Kingdom and 311 are ear...