No Doubt - Push and Shove
Text: Joelle Chong
It’s been a long time coming, but American rock band No Doubt is now back with their latest release Push and Shove following their previous album Rock Steady, which was done 11 years ago.
First single on the album is ‘Settle Down’, a track which contains elements including reggae, ska and Latin, mixed with American pop and rock music, bearing strong to tunes made in the band’s heydays. The feel-good melody blends seamlessly with the lyrics and talks about confidence, feeling good and adjusting oneself in unfamiliar situations. It had us swinging along to Gwen Stefani’s unique vocals in a matter of seconds.
Don’t get us started on the interesting melody found in ‘Push and Shove’. It opens with electronic music but switches into a ballad rock tune during the chorus before you can even call it another electro-dance pop tune. The whimsical arrangement of music gives it contradiction and personality at the same time.
The deluxe edition of Push and Shove includse acoustic versions of songs such as ‘Settle Down’ and ‘One More Summer’ which is a good move. The strip-down version of ‘One More Summer’ is especially enchanting, as listeners are introduced to Gwen’s inner world as her permeates through the simple guitar-led melody.
Also found on the deluxe edition is ‘Stand and Deliver’ -- the four-piece band once performed the song in 2009 -- a funky pop anthem, its cheerfulness oddly reminding us of Disney-esque concerts and prancing mascots.
No Doubt fan or not, listeners are bound to find something they like in Push and Shove.
Recommended songs: Stand and Deliver, One More Summer, Settle Down