No Doubt Feel The ‘Push And Shove’

Maybe I'm showing a bit of bias for a band that has been at the cornerstone of my formative years, but No Doubt's first album in eleven years, the recently dropped Push and Shove, is pretty much one of the most entertaining albums you'll lend your ears to this year. It's all California 1980's John Hughes movie soundtrack dreamin', chock-filled with infectious grooves from the mellow to the wild, with lots of Gweny-Gwen Stefani gusto embedded in that it's extremely hard to ignore. There isn't much to the visual for the album's title track as it's all about the band rebel rousing around in New York City and Stefani pretty much scoffing at Father Time (the woman really has not aged). We've been there, done that. But it's really all about the song, which is a character in itself in the video. "Push and Shove" wasn't necessarily my favorite off of the album, as it is nowhere near the perfect concoction that is "Settle Down," yet I do appreciate that it is in itself unabashed fun that mirrors the band's charisma well. Mixing a little dancehall in with the band's ganche of ska and caffeinated pop formula, the Diplo-crafted, Major Lazer and Busy Signal-assisted collaboration has the band right back where they started from, as well as putting them on the right path to future endeavours. Glad to have them back.

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