Review: Push and Shove by No Doubt

Push and Shove by No DoubtIt’s been eleven long years since No Doubt released Rock Steady. The world has changed a lot since then (and Gwen Stefani’s two solo albums are part of it) so hearing the band’s long-delayed return is kinda odd now. But Push and Shove sees the band get up and running immediately: it’s still spunky and dirty and oozing with hooks… for the most part. “Settle Down” kicks off the album nicely, and everything reaches a boiling point with the glorious five minutes of the title track – the dancehall influences are still there, but you hear hints of electro here and there. And then they get tired of punching, with the second half of the album (save for “Sparkle”, which takes a welcome step back to the past) sounding a bit samey. After one listen I don’t know if this will be a welcome return for No Doubt: the world has changed, after all, and while they tried to keep up, I have no idea if they succeeded. | 3/5

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