No Doubt
Push and Shove


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
September 30th, 2012 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hella bad

It’s never a good sign when halfway through the first song somebody remarks “Is this STILL the same song?” It’s unfortunate, but this is what No Doubt have driven people to. Stefani, sounding like a drugged-up hybrid of Neneh Cherry and the woman who sang on that awful “Coco Jambo” song, is dead set on marring every song with her overbearing vocals and worryingly generic lyrics.

Already a disciple of Madonna, Stefani appears determined to follow HRH Madge’s career path to the bitter end; awful late-period releases with about as much soul as a Scientology convention. Indeed, on the unexciting, reverb-laden drawl of “Easy” the whispered backing vocals sound just like “I’m Madonna, I’m Madonna, I’m Madonna.” It’s weird and it’s very unwelcome.

So what’s on offer here? The pop sounds so quickly pushed into the spotlight on “Rocksteady” are present once more, but have devolved into vapid, spud-you-like nonsense. “Undone” is a one mile per hour dirge that soon becomes as prophesised. “Push and Shove” is little else than a sub-reggae nightmare with guest vocals from Busy Signal and Major Lazer, which come across as nothing more than attempts to appeal to a certain demographic.

Push and Shove has been brought to life by the help of no less four producers and eight songwriters (somehow including former Eurythmic Dave Stewart); a sure sign in such circles that there is a lack of ideas and cohesion. The album as a whole does little to answer the question as to whether this is a genuine, long-term comeback or a cheap cash-in to alleviate the fear of the bank manager’s for those involved.

The very elements that made No Doubt popular in the first place have disappeared. Gone is the righteous anger, energy and commentary behind “Just A Girl.” Gone is the retelling of a journey through the emotional mangle that is “Don’t Speak.” Instead, they have sought oblivion and summarily found it. This isn’t a rant against a group considered to have “sold out.” It’s not even an issue; bands are free to do what they want with their sound. What grates is the absolute lack of any real definition, unique characteristics or anything resembling fun. This is merely the soundtrack to a thousand under-age girls getting knocked up in nightclub toilets by men who are older than they look.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


3492 Comments


Very nice review, really bitter and harsh but I guess that's what you get for a terrible album like this. From someone who doesn't really know No Doubt all that well, is it worth it to check out any of their back catalogue? I think Hella Good is ridiculously catchy and fun but from what I've heard I'm not inclined to delve any deeper into No Doubt-land...

ProjectFreak
September 30th 2012


1438 Comments


that last sentence

not at all surprised that this is bad

JViney
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

What can I say; I'm a bitter guy. As for their back catalogue, the songs I personally enjoy are:

Spiderwebs
Total Hate
Just a Girl
Ex-Girlfriend

I'm not a huge fan by any stretch, but I do like those songs. This new album is just piss.


Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


3492 Comments


Just a Girl is fantastic too, I'll give the other ones a go as well. Any full albums that are worth a download?

JViney
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Depends what you're into. "Tragic Kingdom" was their most popular, ahead of "Rocksteady." "Return To Saturn" is half-decent but suffers from that 'first album after a wildly successful' malaise.

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 30th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I knew this was going to suck.

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 30th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Push and Shove has been brought to life by the help of no less four producers and eight songwriters


should have a 'than' in there

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012


20068 Comments


I knew this would suck. I'll always love tragic kingdom though .

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GiaNXGX
September 30th 2012


4867 Comments


This is merely the soundtrack to a thousand under-age girls getting knocked up in nightclub toilets by men who are older than they look.


+10

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012


50869 Comments


my mom will be sad

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LifeAsAChipmunk
September 30th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hehe

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012


20068 Comments


The album art is atrocious

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012


50869 Comments


It took them 11 years to make this shit

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 30th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, the album art is really bad

henryChinaski
September 30th 2012


2836 Comments


I knew this would suck. Who the fuck is Major Lazer?

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freedomofspeechnoway
September 30th 2012


418 Comments


Overall this is a good review and unfortunately what I was expecting from this group. I will say
though that this -

Instead, they have sought oblivion and summarily found it.


was hella cheesy. Only gripe.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


15743 Comments


lets just say that as to the quality of this cd, i had


Sanders
September 30th 2012


2361 Comments


Predictably and disappointingly poor

Sanders
September 30th 2012


2361 Comments


The album, not the review

Sanders
September 30th 2012


2361 Comments


Double post, fuck



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