No Doubt­ing they’re back

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

CHART top­ping rock­ers No Doubt have en­joyed a long hia­tus but it should come as lit­tle sur­prise to hear Push and Shove is loaded with po­ten­tial hits.

Last time the band had a record out, the US had just in­vaded Afghanistan. Wikipedia was launch­ing on the in­ter­net. Ris­ing star Skrillex was start­ing high school. The al­bum even pre- dated the first iPhone by seven years . . . Yup, it’s been a while.

Pop mu­sic has moved on a few times while the No Doubt crew ate noth­ing but caviar and took ex­tended snoozes in their gold- plated ham­mocks.

The good news for fans is they haven’t tried to rein­vent the wheel, the al­bum largely ig­nores cur­rent mu­sic trends.

What they have al­ways done best is ’ 80s pop, cute punk and Cal­i­for­nian ska, and that’s ex­actly the plan for this al­bum ex­cept for a one- song de­tour.

Let’s get that one out of the way early, the ti­tle track fea­tures Ma­jor Lazer AKA Diplo.

Thank­fully, it leans to­wards his bouncy reg­gae rather than Diplo’s al­most­dub­step stuff.

It’s a nod to mu­sic right now but not so far re­moved from the rest of the record to make it feel out of place. It’s dance hall, it’s hip- hop and some­how it’s No Doubt too, that’s a solid trick.

Singer Gwen Ste­fani is a mas­ter of soppy love songs and rock­ing party tunes.

The ways she sings One More Sum­mer is vin­tage No Doubt.

‘‘ One more sum­mer one more week­end, I’m your lover you’re my weak­ness’’.

This wist­ful break- up tune has sin­gle writ­ten all over it.

Sac­ri­le­gious words for fan­boys I’m sure but Un­done could be a sis­ter song of the act’s big­gest hit Don’t Speak, a big, pow­er­ful, punchy bal­lad.

Grav­ity is an­other solid bal­lad about her hubby Gavin Ross­dale, cheesy fun and high gloss like much of Ste­fani’s solo work.

Un­der­cover looks at mis­trust in a re­la­tion­ship with bet­ter song­writ­ing than else­where on the record.

Which brings us to the opener Set­tle Down with its OTT or­ches­tral in­tro lead­ing lis­ten­ers down a path that has noth­ing to do with the rest of the al­bum.

★ ★ ★ ■

Also, the al­bum’s most awk­ward lyrics: ‘‘ Just when you think it’s over, we be on an­other level like we do­ing yoga’’.

Ramp­ing up the vol­ume, Look­ing Hot is an early high­light with its spunky gui­tar riffs and a Ja­maican horn sec­tion that harks back to their ’ 90s hit Spi­der­webs.

Got to give the peo­ple what they want.

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