As the 90s continue to reappear, No Doubt appropriately alerts all soundwaves with their summer beat bang, “Settle Down” (Interscope Records) off their long-awaited album, Push and Shove–10 years, to be exact. As her vocals pull through like the swoosh sign of music (trademarked sass cries), Gwen elbows through every angle of alt-pop in playful and more conservative M.I.A. fashion.
The unchanged No Doubt image of signature players Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont, in tandem with Stefani’s piercing highlights and devilish mic moves, all tugs at nostalgia when the track meets its video as the beat cycles through a slightly Bollywood-esque Tragic Kingdom (look for the orange). Hands down, this is a move!
No Doubt remains a musical religion, and listener’s can look forward to exploring the remaining tracks from this now multi-generational group, off Push And Shove out yesterday. ‘Welcome back’ to the group that made bindis and braces cool.