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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. With Return of Saturn, No Doubt have made a terrific, layered record that exceeds any expectations set by Tragic Kingdom.
  2. 80
    One of the better pop albums of 2000, a multi-faceted offering that resists easy labeling while extending the band's mighty grip on the popular imagination.
  3. In the five long years since that multiplatinum release, these SoCal rockers have nearly been torn apart by fame, and the accompanying mixed-up emotions are manifested not just in the lyrics but also in the album's musical genre jumps.
  4. Return Of Saturn is turning out to be nowhere near the DOA dud many had long anticipated. But it's also a dispiriting collection of some of the least empowering music ever recorded...
  5. Occasionally her pushing-30 doubts about the single life are touching, like when she imagines Gavin Rossdale would make a good dad. But after five years, two producers, one Spin cover, and one lead review in Rolling Stone, the single Interscope sent her back to the salt mines for is the best thing on her automatic-platinum follow-up.
  6. 50
    Why, after going through a small army of producers and making us wait for half a decade, do you come back with a second rate album that seems geared towards the 13 year old girls in your audience?
  7. 30
    No Doubt does play its own instruments, placing the group a cut above the current glut of acts that concentrate more on choreography than musicianship. But try as it might to mask itself in pink hair and fast-paced arrangements, No Doubt is as close to being alternative as the members of 'NSync are to being musicians.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. nicholed
    Dec 15, 2002
    10
    This album is my fave by no doubt. Gwen's voice is excellent. Tragic Kingdom was way to liked, Gwen got really personal on this record, which I love!! The music kicks ass! My fave song by No Doubt is on here, "Marry Me." Expand
  2. AlexJ.
    Aug 18, 2002
    10
    No Doubt is one of the greatest bands ever!!!! Even though they are sell outs (or as ppl say) They ROCK and i will always like them -ROCK ON
  3. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    This album is great, it is a true rock album filled with vulnerability, raw power and amazing lyrics! Gwen also admits her faults in the lyrics. Such as "Artificial Sweetener" and a feeling of envy in "Staring Problem" and heavy emotion in "Magic's in the Makeup." This is just an amazing album. Expand
  4. KadirA
    Sep 30, 2003
    10
    Californian Excellence!
  5. Brodie
    Mar 14, 2007
    10
    This is a completely amazing album. I was hesitant upon listening to it, because I'm really not into No Doubt, but I did like all the singles from this album. At the moment, I can't stop listening to the album. It offers so much more than most albums do. "Artificial Sweetener", in my opinion, should've been a single. It's stunning. Other tracks that are particularily outstanding for me are "Marry Me" "Dark Blue" and "Comforting Lie". Expand
  6. NatS.
    Nov 8, 2007
    10
    awesome my favorite no doubt cd, the music is deep and full of emotion.
  7. Jul 28, 2012
    8
    Gwen's Vocals Are Amazing! This Is A Very Good Album But In My Opinion Its Not A 9 Or 10!

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