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Album Review

Five years separated Tragic Kingdom and its 2000 follow-up, Return of Saturn. About 15 months separated Saturn and its sequel, Rock Steady — a clear sign that No Doubt was getting back to business, but it's really a more accurate reflection of Gwen Stefani's stature in 2001. Once Saturn started slipping down the charts — apparently, the kids weren't ready to hear a post-new wave album about facing your thirties with your biological clock ticking — Stefani started popping up all over the place, appearing on Moby's remix of "South Side" and duetting with Eve on "Let Me Blow Your Mind." These were major, major hits, restoring luster to Stefani, and therefore, No Doubt, while giving them some hip-hop/dance credibility (albeit rather small cred), so it was time to turn out another record to capitalize on this re-opened window. Smartly, they followed a Madonna blueprint by working with several producers — Nellee Hooper, Sly & Robbie, Ric Ocasek, Prince, Steely & Clevie — and running it through Mark "Spike" Stent for mixing and additional production, thereby giving it a unified sound while covering all the bases. And they certainly cover all their bases, retaining their footing in new wave and ska revival while ratcheting up their fondness for reggae (specifically, dancehall and ragga, unfortunately; the guest toasters are the only real misstep here) and their newly acquired taste for dance and hip-hop. It's a testament to No Doubt's abilities as a band (not to mention their sheer likeability; they're just so good-hearted and unpretentious, it's hard to imagine getting angered about this band) that it neither sounds like pandering to the charts or the opening salvo in Stefani's solo career — it simply sounds like a good, hooky, stylish mainstream pop record, something that's rather rare in 2001. [The bonus CD edition was released in two versions, with this one featuring a remix of "Hey Baby" featuring OutKast, a remix of the same song by F.A.B.Z., a remix of "Hella Good" by Roger Sanchez, a remix of "Ex-Girlfriend" by Philip Steir, plus the videos for "Hey Baby," "Hella Good," and "Underneath It All."]

Customer Reviews

i love this album!!!!!

i love no doubt so much, they r my favourite band and this is my favourite album. i love hella good, hey baby, rock steady, platinum blonde life, making out and detective. The song waiting room is actually a duet with gwen and prince, nd its a gr8 track. if u love no doubt than get this album! it is a mix of reggae, pop, dance, pop and rock.

Great Party Album

Rock Steady just makes you wanna dance-especially Hella Good which is the ultimate party starter-the thumping bass is AWESOME! This is just a fun cd- Hey Baby, Dectective, Making Out, and Platinum Blonde Life all rock.


Formed: 1987 in Anaheim, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With the return of the punks in the mid-'90s came a resurgence of their slightly more commercial rivals, new wave bands. No Doubt found a niche as a new wave/ska band, on the strength of vocalist Gwen Stefani's persona -- alternately an embrace of little-girl-lost innocence and riot grrrl feminism -- exemplified on the band's break-out single, "Just a Girl." Formed in early 1987 as a ska band inspired by Madness, the lineup of No Doubt initially comprised John Spence, Gwen Stefani, and her brother...
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