Push and Shove

Push and Shove

by No Doubt


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Underneath it all, underneath all the glamour and stardom, No Doubt remain a group of SoCal kids enraptured by the ska revival and new wave. That's their common language, so when they reunited for 2012's Push and Shove, their first album in over ten years, they returned to this shared bond, using it as a back-to-roots template for an album that deftly weaves in contemporary sounds without ever pandering. Part of this dexterity is due to No Doubt expanding their love of ska outward toward reggae and dancehall, underlining their affection with bouncing elastic rhythms and a heavy dose of patois -- nowhere more so than on the Major Lazer-assisted single "Push and Shove" -- a self-conscious move toward musical maturity that does indeed pay off as it plays like an affirmation of roots. Similarly, the cool, glassy gloss of their pop tunes and ballads -- "Gravity," "Undercover," "Heaven" -- feel connected to their grounding in early MTV; perhaps their natural ebullience has been tempered by age, but this remains the same stylish, hooky pop that turned No Doubt into unexpected superstars in the back half of the '90s. It is also the portion of Push and Shove that sounds closest to either of Gwen Stefani's solo albums of the new millennium, bringing to mind not the thumping dance of "Hollaback Girl" but rather the breeziness of "Sweet Escape" and "Cool." And that's the interesting thing about Push and Shove, for as much as there are clever contemporary flourishes -- the most notable being a passing collaboration with dance sensation Diplo -- this is a modest, mature comeback, highlighted by the band's keen awareness of their strengths and subtle, unstated acknowledgment of encroaching middle age. Gwen tackles this subject on "Looking Hot," where she wonders how much longer she can indulge in skintight clothes, but her band has already acknowledged they're no longer the young ska-punks they once were. They've turned into savvy old pros who know when to flex their muscle and when to lay back, and that canny musicality and camouflaged maturity make Push and Shove a satisfying comeback.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537124220
catalogNumber: 001731102
Rank: 132829

Album Credits

Performance Credits

No Doubt   Primary Artist
Stephen Bradley   Trumpet
Tom Dumont   Synthesizer,Guitar,Group Member
Gabrial McNair   Trombone,Melodica
Gwen Stefani   Vocals,Group Member
Adrian Young   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Tony Kanal   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards
Stephen Hilton   Strings,Keyboards
David Moyer   Baritone Saxophone
Jonas Quant   Keyboards
David Emery   Keyboards
Anthony Gorry   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer
Tom Dumont   Composer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Tony Kanal   Composer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Greg Collins   Vocal Recording
Jolie Clemens   Art Direction,Layout
Wayne Wilkins   Programming
Stephen Hilton   Programming
Matty Green   Engineer
Diplo   Engineer
Daniel Jensen   Backline Technician
Neil Kanal   Programming,Engineer
Emily Frye   Art Direction,Layout
Jonas Quant   Programming
Major Lazer   Producer
David Emery   Programming
R. Gordon   Composer
Shane C. Brown   Engineer
Mac   Cover Painting
Donnie Spada   Backline Technician
Anthony Gorry   Programming,Additional Production

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