No Doubt is back after more than ten years with their newest release “Push and Shove” which although somewhat more mature than their older albums continues to be magnificent. The beats are more a medium speed to slower speed but the ska aspect that brought No Doubt to the spot light has not been lost.
Gwen Stefani still front and center leading with strong beautiful vocals which will never be equaled. Her beauty and spirit are conveyed song after song. Tom Dumont brings with him a passion for guitar and cool riffs. His talents are clear and fierce. Tony Kanal shakes it all up with soothing bass notes to lead their rhythm. A smashing performance by Adrian Young on drums completes the classic No Doubt sound.
Not having released an album together since “Rock Steady” in 2001 this release proves that No Doubt still has it. Starting off with a melodious song entitles “Settle Down” which with steady beats and calm riffs allow Stefani to burst through with incredible singing. Continuing on the album hits a softer tone with songs like “Undone” which shows the diversity in the band.
Their maturity only adds to the legendary status that No Doubt has earned over their career. This album had many possible singles, including songs like “Heaven” and the song titles like the album “Push and Shove.” Which each has their distinct style but carry the No Doubt sound. The album ends with the bands long time ending encore song “Stand and Deliver” completing a spectacular album. If purchased on iTunes the album comes with 8 additional tracks to enjoy. Four acoustic and 4 different versions of songs from the album. All in all this album is a great album.
After a weekend of listening to all previous No Doubt albums from their Debut self titled album to finally getting to listen to their newest released, “Push and Shove,” I can say these all show growth and maturity as artist and they fit together well. They have live shows at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles starting November 24 and ending on their newly added December 6th show.
I give it a 4 out of 5 Stars. A must have album for all No Doubt fans, young and old.