Rock Steady - No Doubt
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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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. Jun 18, 2013
    What a feel good party record. Whenever I am feeling down, I turn this CD for a while and feel better about life in general. The album does what it set out to do, bring a backstage party vibe to your ears. Great stuff! Expand
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    Well, "Rocksteady" is a fairly good album. It's not my favorite. I don't see how critics praised this one and trashed "Return of Saturn." But I guess everyone has an opinion. Highlight tracks: "Don't Let Me Down", "Making Out", "Platinum Blonde Life", "Detective." Expand

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