Monday, July 16, 2012

No Doubt release best six minutes of the year

No Doubt recently announced that their sixth studio album, Push and Shove, would be released on September 25, 2012. The first single "Settle Down" was released today and it is definitely worth the almost eleven year wait since their last studio album, Rock Steady. The single is a ska/reggae/rock song that could easily be on an album by M.I.A. or Santigold. The song was produced by Diplo and written by Gwen Stefani. The song takes one back to Rock Steady but a more updated version. The lyrics are about making sense of life's problems and making light of them. The song is about persevering through hardships. "I'm a rough and tough. I'm a rough and tough. And nothing's gonna knock this girl down," Stefani sings during the bridge.
The best part of this song is by far the chorus. "I"m trying to get a hold on this" Stefani declares in the chorus. One can't be sure if she's talking about her marriage or her insecurities about being in a band that hasn't had an album out in over a decade and whether they are still relevant.
While the single may be a bit long, none of it is wasted. The single is a great preview of what Push and Shove will be and if it's all as good as this song, we are in for a treat.

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