September 25, 2012

Review: No Doubt's Push And Shove


This week I review No Doubt's new album, Push And Shove, for Idolator. Check it out. Like last week, my favorite part is just a little addendum at the end:

Best Listened To While… Touching up your platinum blond roots (boys too!) or engaging in illicit activity involving rolling papers.
Update: Looooka there, the review was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, who think I am gushing...



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting review. I love Gwen and No Doubt but I wasn't quite as excited by this record as you. Maybe it needs time to grow on me, but on first listen I was disappointed. I sort of miss the ska and reggae influences. For me, it was too samey and all mid tempo.
And for me some of the lyrics like the yoga reference were kind of dumb and awkward.

xolondon said...

I kind of loathe ska, so that;s where I was coming from. The yoga stuff is dippy, but I think that's always been true.

Definitely would not have hurt to have another really fast song. Love the new single (title track, I mean).

dishy said...

LOVE the album - listened to it twice on the way to work this morning. Great production! Who doesn't love Gwen?

Diva Incarnate said...

I agree that it is their best long player, it's soaked in shiny nostalgia, rinsed with riffs, and the hooks are as blissful, exalting and ever so jaded as always. The band sound so devoted to the sound. My new favourite album of the year. Undercover is my current favourite, but so many of the songs hover dangerously close: the strident Looking Hot, Easy, Sparkle (will that lyrical theme ever go away for Gwen?), the slightly lo-fi pulse of Heaven and the wistful Gravity are all glossy (yet not over-produced) and decorated with the band's innate style. There is a slight echo of ska in a few tracks, which never overwhelms the songs, but on Looking Hot it reminds me of when Spiderwebs would slow down. I really love the album. How can you NOT gush I wonder?

xolondon said...

Ahh, so glad you agree, Diva!