Rock Steady - No Doubt
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  • Summary: The follow-up to 'Return of Saturn' finds Gwen Stefani & co. working with a variety of producers (Sly and Robbie, Ric Ocasek, William Orbit) in a variety of styles.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This beat-heavy quickie turns out to be the best album they've ever hatched.
  2. The disc is bubbling with techno effects, a loose interpretation of Jamaican production and a (welcome) severe case of ADD.
  3. Sure to convince doubters and win new fans, the set roars with the sort of fire rarely seen from a group with four albums under its belt.
  4. 70
    Not since Aqua has a group of cartoon-fixated, stylistically scatterbrained lunatics sounded so entertaining. [Feb 2002, p.121]
  5. It doesn't strictly feel like a No Doubt album at all.
  6. 60
    Brash and enjoyable. [Apr 2002, p.106]
  7. Rock Steady certainly isn't that good, and at times it's rather bad (usually when Ocasek gets a bit Cars). But it does have its moments, most of which come at the hands of [co-producer Nellee] Hooper...

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. JosefS.
    Aug 18, 2002
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I'm glad i got to listen to it for a while, beacsue when i first heard it, I would have given it a 6--only because it was NO DOUBT. but this album got better the more i listened to it! with genres flying off the walls, I love the fresh, intense vibe coming form it! what a hella good time!~ Expand
  2. JordanA
    Jan 6, 2007
    Amazing record.
  3. john
    Dec 30, 2001
    this album is WAY better than i expected it to be... so thats why it gets the 10. 'dont let me down', 'in my head' and 'platinum blonde life' are great, if not brilliant, tracks. 'waiting room' seems overly out of place, and it also happens to be the worst track off the album. funny, cosidering the talent behind it, it should have been one of the best. Expand
  4. MicheleM.
    Dec 26, 2001
    this album is fresh, full of energy and diverse. I love it!
  5. MarkW.
    Jul 27, 2002
    An exciting and mature departure for No Doubt. Excellent and exciting. I love the Jamaican accent to the CD, which yet made excellent use of Gwen's vocal capabilities. Expand
  6. JamesF
    Aug 27, 2005
    I rather liked it. I can't really compare it with the older stuff because it's just a different direction. I definitely enjoyed it more than the Saturn CD; it was just different good, rather than almost as good as the same. And I couldn't disagree more with the last journalist above, what is he talking about? It's Ocasek getting a bit Cars that makes the record worth it. "Don't Let Me Down" is an unabashed blast! The best moment of the record. Sweet 80s sugar! Expand
  7. zileto
    Sep 28, 2005
    this album shows how much no doubt old out in mainstream pop culture

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