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Review: No Doubt's 'Push and Shove'

By Jody Rosen, Rolling Stone
updated 9:57 AM EDT, Tue September 25, 2012
No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young attend the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young attend the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Push and Shove" leans toward synthpop-flavored ballads
  • The album includes grown-up themes, like relationship struggles, the rewards of long-term romance
  • The band sounds at home on the title track, a ska/dub fusion

(Rolling Stone) -- No Doubt aren't just 11 years older than they were when they released their last LP. They're determined to be wiser.

"Push and Shove" leans toward synthpop-flavored ballads with grown-up themes: relationship struggles, the rewards of long-term romance.

The songs are catchy, but Gwen Stefani doesn't have the voice, or the gravitas, for grandiose tunes. And do we really want a "mature" No Doubt record, anyway?

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The band sounds more at home on the title track, a ska/dub fusion where Stefani rhymes "La-la-la-la vida loca/We speeding it up like soca."

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That's the No Doubt we love: hopped-up ambassadors from a fairy-tale SoCal where la vida is, eternally, loca.

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