Push and Shove - No Doubt
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    85
    Push and Shove is a celebration of No Doubt's love for all things 80s pop and the Southern California ska scene.
  2. 83
    Gwen Stefani pogos as hard as she ever did in her Anaheim-strip-mall ska days. But she's also just as neurotic, which adds depth to her love songs. [28 Sep 2012, p.72]
  3. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Gwen and co. prove that, when it comes to state-of-the-art, good-time punk-dance, they're still the fairest of them all. [29 Sep 2012, p.54]
  4. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Sep 26, 2012
    75
    At its best, Push and Shove channels some of the infectiously restless energy of "Rock Steady," the band's pre-hiatus farewell. And it further polishes a bold mix-and-match aesthetic that feels familiar today in part because of records such as "Tragic Kingdom."
  6. 70
    There is plenty to enjoy as you push and shove right to end of the album.
  7. Sep 27, 2012
    70
    This isn't a great album, but it is a good one, in a year quietly blessed with a small crop of good records (Metric, Gossip) with dreamy synths and girls up front.
  8. Sep 21, 2012
    70
    By and large, the more interesting tracks are stacked on the front end of Push and Shove, and the songs on the second half of the album are comparably safer, blurring together upon first listen.
  9. Sep 25, 2012
    67
    Push and Shove is still a welcome return, even if it's a tad exhausting.
  10. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    No Doubt have always been a platinum-haired party band, but, over 20 years into the game, such platinum pop perfection feels far less forced. [Nov 2012, p.108]
  11. Sep 28, 2012
    60
    Too much of the record sounds like generic, Katy Perry-esque power-pop.
  12. Sep 27, 2012
    60
    As a comeback, this is nice work.
  13. Sep 27, 2012
    60
    Still charismatic, quirky and iconic into her 40s, the singer grounds whatever style the band takes on with a trademark confident and longing delivery.
  14. Sep 25, 2012
    60
    Push and Shove leans toward synthpop-flavored ballads with grown-up themes: relationship struggles, the rewards of long-term romance. The songs are catchy, but Gwen Stefani doesn't have the voice, or the gravitas, for grandiose tunes.
  15. There's an excess of bog-standard radio-friendly pop-rock, and a couple of wet weepies à la "Don't Speak".
  16. 60
    No Doubt makes only the most tentative divergences from previously tried and tested strategies, which gives Push and Shove a character that could be described as either dated or timeless.
  17. Oct 2, 2012
    58
    The album sags in the midtempo-heavy middle, with Stefani's slang-laden lyrics transitioning from campy to corny without a boost from adrenalized production. But Push And Shove rallies in the end.
  18. Sep 25, 2012
    50
    It sounds like every last detail was worked out through numbing compromise.
  19. Sep 24, 2012
    50
    Push And Shove is a decent, solid pop album, but it lacks the sense of occasion and excitement that you'd expect from a band's first album in 12 years.
  20. Oct 22, 2012
    40
    It doesn't help that the album features a glut of dull mid-tempos. [Nov 2012, p.95]
  21. Sep 26, 2012
    40
    After "One More Summer"... and the inconsistent but decent title song, the album becomes so filler-centric that even the tracks' titles are interchangeable. "Undone", Push and Shove's primary ballad, at least offers a change of tempo, but the song itself is a total bore.
  22. Oct 26, 2012
    30
    "Heaven" is a decent stab at '80s synth pop; "Looking Hot" and "Push And Shove" mix bubblegum R&B with ragga-inspired middle eights; the rest is rather forgettable. [Dec 2012, p.75]
  23. Oct 1, 2012
    20
    The very elements that made No Doubt popular in the first place have disappeared.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    8
    It's no Tragic Kingdom, but definitely a worthy comeback for No Doubt. It continues the band's perfect mix of rock, pop, ska and 80's influences as well as keeping with current trends. The title track is awesome and fuses so many old and new genres amazingly! It makes the dancehall songs of Rock Steady look tired. My biggest issue with the album is that the best songs (Settle Down, Looking Hot, Push and Shove) seem to stand too high above the others, if there were even more amazing songs it could be on par with Tragic Kingdom. Apart from that, old fans will enjoy it and it should pick up a few new fans along the way. Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    10
    "To go forward sometimes you have to go back" seems to always have been the band's motto. For all those too uptight to join in the party there are countless emo bands out there for you to get your lyric fix from. But for the rest of us we gonna party like it's 1984. The band's most perfected album and it's purely pop. Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2012
    0
    This album was just pure garbage. It's not No Doubt anymore.. they hav eturned into some stupid and horrible mix of lame pop/reggae/ (wannabe) ska music. Bad comback after all this time on Hiatus... Full Review »