Push and Shove

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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 70
    There is plenty to enjoy as you push and shove right to end of the album.
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    67
    Push and Shove is still a welcome return, even if it's a tad exhausting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  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'sIt'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. 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)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 »
  3. 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"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 »