Tragic Kingdom

Tragic Kingdom

by No DoubtNo Doubt


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Led by the infectious, pseudo-new wave single "Just a Girl," No Doubt's major-label debut, Tragic Kingdom, straddles the line between '90s punk, third-wave ska, and pop sensibility. The record was produced by Matthew Wilder, the auteur behind "Break My Stride" -- a clever mainstream co-opting of new wave quirkiness, and, as such, an ideal pairing. Wilder kept his production lean and accessible, accentuating No Doubt's appealing mix of new wave melodicism, post-grunge rock, and West Coast sunshine. Even though the band isn't always able to fuse its edgy energy with pop melodies, the combination worked far better than anyone could have hoped. When everything does click, the record is pure fun, even if some of the album makes you wish they could sustain that energy throughout the record. Tragic Kingdom might not have made much of an impact upon its initial release in late 1995, but throughout 1996 "Just a Girl" and "Spiderwebs" positively ruled the airwaves, both alternative and mainstream, and in 1997 No Doubt cemented their cross-generational appeal with the ballad hit "Don't Speak."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/1995
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949258023
catalogNumber: 92580

Album Credits

Performance Credits

No Doubt   Primary Artist
Matthew Wilder   Keyboards
Bill Bergman   Saxophone
Aloke Dasgupta   Sitar
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Nick Lane   Trombone
Lovitt   Trumpet
Stephen Perkins   Steel Drums
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Eric Stefani   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Dumont   Guitar
Gabrial McNair   Percussion,Trombone
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Adrian Young   Percussion,Drums
Tony Kanal   Bass

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Producer
Albhy Galuten   Director
Ray Blair   Engineer
Matt Hyde   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
George Landress   Engineer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Eric Stefani   Composer
Tom Dumont   Composer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Tony Kanal   Composer

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