"Settle Down"

The beat is Caribbean, with hints of Seventies funk and Eighties electro percolating up through the mix. There are burly rock power chords. The chorus is a big, delicious bubblegum flavor burst. In other words: The first new No Doubt song in nearly a decade sounds an awful lot like No Doubt a decade ago. What's surprising about "Settle Down," however, is how well the sound has held up: Strip some of the production gloss off "Settle Down," and it could be a Santigold record. But No Doubt are unapologetically themselves: still a lovably ditzy SoCal party band, right down to Gwen Stefani's surfer-chick beatitudes: "I'm hella positive for real. . . . Nothing's gonna knock this girl down."

Listen to "Settle Down":

From The Archives Issue 1163: August 16, 2012
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