It wasn’t to long ago when in the music video for “It’s My Life”, Gwen Stefani went crazy in the court room. Back then she was a part of the popular pop band, No Doubt, who first came out in 1995 with their first single “Just a Girl.” The Grammy nominated band which consisted of Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young, returns after a five year hiatus with their new album, Push & Shove. The hiatus began when Stefani left to work on a number of solo albums, a short movie career and a fashion line.
Although this album has a more techno vibe to it than their previous albums, Push & Shove holds promise. The first single, “Settle Down” introduces the album with a bang. The song begins with a chorus of violin before going into a tropical beat saturated with rock that prevents listeners from settling down.
“Sparkle” is another song that has the same reggae tone, but lacks the upbeat premise. “One More Summer” holds the same party vibe and has a 80s steeliness to it, staying true to its pop style. “Easy” is another song that has an old school style to it with a flatter tone.
Songs like “Gravity” and “Looking Hot” are much more techno, transferring the song to the dance floor. Songs like “Undone” and “Heaven” are more acoustic with steady beats to them. “Push & Shove” is one song that definitely sticks out, with a wonderfully catchy beat and an eerie yet mesmerizing sound. No Doubt’s flawless collaboration with reggae artist, Busy Signal and musical project Major Lazer adds substance to the song.
An addition to this albums deluxe edition are acoustic and remix versions of songs like “Settle Down” and “Push & Shove”, giving No Doubt fans a variety of alternative versions to these songs. When No Doubt first came to light with “Just a Girl,” they came with a funky, techno, rock hit that became popular worldwide. Now, after reuniting, the band continues that legacy and much more.