No Doubt: Push and Shove

Released: September 21, 2012

Push and Shove was the first new release from No Doubt in 11 years! After that much time it always causes fans to question what exactly the new music will sound like. Sometimes bands come back after that long and just cant recapture what once was, or try to hard to sound like the band they once where. Many times bands come back and sound completely different but, that’s not the case with this album. Push and Shove sounds just as good as many of the bands prior albums and holds up well and comes as a refresher to a music scene that had been missing out on a great piece of the puzzle for over a decade.

“Settle Down” and the title track “Push and Shove” are really the only two tracks that stand out on the album. The rest of the tracks on this album are all enjoyable but, there’s nothing else that really stands out as great. I don’t think this is a result of the album being rushed but more-so the effect of a band taking a long period of time off between albums. Overall, this album shows that No Doubt still has a future that seems wide open. I think what this album really suffers from is the lack of really memorable tracks like the bands previous albums always seemed to have. Looking back to their past releases, they always seemed to have 4 or 5 really memorable tracks and the overall sound was more upbeat and fun where this one seems to come off as more serious and emotion driven that may work for some albums, but in this case, it brings it down.

Score: 8.42
Grade: B

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