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No Doubt returns with 'Settle Down'
Hey baby, hey baby, hey! No Doubt is back with “Settle Down,” the first single from “Push and Shove,” the band's first album in 11 years.
“Settle,” which debuted online and went on sale at iTunes on Monday, nicely balances the band’s ska roots with Gwen Stefani’s poppier persona to create a sweet summer jam that still pushes the envelope oh-so-slightly. (The album version, extended to a hefty six-minutes-plus, even has a cool dub-influenced outro that offers a bit more edge.)
Produced by Spike Stent, the chorus is a staccato mix of percussive words and clattering drums that is immediately catchy. But it’s the pre-chorus, where Stefani declares, “I’m hella positive, for real, I’m all good,” that proves most irresistible. While No Doubt has been away so long that it’s easy to forget their impact, it sure is nice to have them back.