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Rock Steady Enhanced

3.5 out of 5 stars 640 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Dec 11 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005QDW1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 640 customer reviews
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1. Rock Steady (Intro)
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
6. Detective
7. Don't Let Me Down
8. Start the Fire
9. Running
10. In My Head
11. Platinum Blonde Life
12. Waiting Room
13. Rock Steady

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2001 album from the California Alt-Rockers fronted by Gwen Stefani. The album features production and/or appearances from Prince, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Nellee Hooper, The Neptunes, Sly & Robbie, William Orbit, Ric Ocasek and others.


As much as No Doubt have protested that they are a singular unit and not "Gwen and her guys", Gwen Stefani's much-touted duets with rapper Eve and techno mogul Moby in the run-up to Rock Steady did nothing to juice the boys' spotlight, which had been steadily dimming since the release of 2000s Return of Saturn. But all that banter is silenced with Rock Steady, on which the music is definitely the star, unfettered by Gwen's cutesy-clouded feminism or dumped-by-the-boyfriend woes. Having mostly departed from their ska home base, No Doubt's well-navigated exploration of hip-hop beats, reggae and the reunion of 1980s keyboards and guitars finds the group picking up the pop-rock baton that Garbage dropped with an unsettling thud. Rock Steady's delegate of stalwart producers perfectly decorate the disc with their respective expertise; Ric Ocasek (new wave), Prince (R&B), Nellee Hooper (trip-hop), Sly & Robbie (dub) and William Orbit (trance) offer some staying power to music that's always been on the edge of disposable. Despite their disparate styles, the songs complement each other like stars and stripes. This is No Doubt's best album to date, and as they continue to expand their influences, the party only gets bigger. --Beth Massa

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Format: Audio CD
I will not dwell much on "Rock Steady," simply because such a throw-away piece of trash does not merit too much of my consideration or time. I loved No Doubt ever since I heard "Don't Speak," a beautiful song which I still fondly play. "Tragic Kingdom" was a unique album that I likewise love, and I have a better opinion of "Return of Saturn" than most - Gwen's solo songwriting effort ("Simple Kind Of Life") is one of the best songs the band ever put out. No Doubt will always be for me the talented and raw ska band who once made it big with a great album.
Fast-forward to the present. Unlike most negative reviewers here, I still love Gwen Stefani, and didn't mind her collaborations with Moby and Eve in the summer of 2001. They were insignificant side projects, not too bad for what they are.
But "Rock Steady" is a disaster. I will give a pass to "Running" and "Underneath It All," they're quite nice slow songs, I might even say I like them a lot.
But the title track and the abysmally named "Hella Good" (more aptly titled "The Death Of Songwriting"), to pick on the easiest targets in terms of airplay, are musical crimes. The lot of it is mindless, repetitive, and unforgiveably bland garbage, which will be dumped soon enough in favor of the next easily consumable and nicely packaged mass entertainment (I would not dare call it music or art).
While some may be tempted to get up and dance by "Rock Steady," I am tempted to lie down and cry.
P.S. No Doubt's new single "It's My Life" is surprisingly good (I still like this band, I cannot help it), and will hopefully foreshadow a departure far, far away from the dark, gaping hole that is "Rock Steady."
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By Mary on June 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album has more of a dance feel then Tragic Kingdom (the only other ND album I have) but this album is good.
1.Intro-It's a 27 second intro, starts the same way as Rock Steady (13th track) and I think this should've been an interlude for rock steady. 10/10
2.Hella Good-Probably my favorite song. This is getting played on certain stations a lot, but this is still a good song. 9/10
3.Hey Baby featuring Bounty Killer-This is the 1st single and it's a REALLY good song.10/10
4.Making Out-The chorus gets old fast, but the verses are nice. 8/10
5.Underneath It All- 2nd single, and it's an ok song. 7/10
6.Detective-Awesome song! 10/10
7.Don't Let Me Down-This song just gets really dull. 6/10
8.Start The Fire-This song is so BORING! 2/10
9.Running-Sweet. 8/10
10.In My Head-Better then 'Running'. 10/10
11.Platinum Blonde Life-This song is awesome, even though I'm not blonde! 10/10
12.Waiting Room-Boring. 4/10
13.Rock Steady-GREAT song. 9/10
113/130=4 stars
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Format: Audio CD
"Rock Steady" is not as good as "Tragic Kingdom". That doesn't mean that it's a sell out people! No Doubt have nothing to sell out from! Tragic Kingdom was a gigantic commericial hit, and Return Of Saturn was critically acclaimed. So get your facts together! Anyway, this album is a pop/reggae/tri hop experiment. No Doubt doesn't always have to be alternative pop/rock people! Besides, they've got "Platinum Blonde Life" on here, don't they? Maybe instead of glorifying Gwen and Tony's break up or singing about a near thirty year old woman's life they wanted to dance and have fun! Why is that such a bad thing? This album is very nice (though I wish the band was more visible; a lot of songs on the album are basically Gwen and a synthesized beat. Makes ya wonder what the guys did while the CD was being recorded). My fave tracks are Hella Good, In My Head, and Detective. This album is way better than it's three and a half stars average rating makes it seem like.
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Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of No Doubt for about four years now, and they're the best.
Intro - 10/10 - Though it's only 27 seconds long, it's still a pretty good opener.
Hella Good - 9/10 - Everytime I hear this song, I imagine myself in a club, the only lights shining are the strobe lights. No one is sitting down or lounging. And during the chorus, everyone jumps up and down.
Hey Baby - 10/10 - ALWAYS fun to dance to. The video is awesome too. I love the way in the beginning, the words Hey Baby comes out of Gwen's and Adrian's mouths, like the catepillar from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Making Out - 9/10 - Great song to make out to. ;) =P
Underneath it All - 10/10 - I could listen to this song for HOURS when it rains. Lie on my bed, curtains open and watch the rain fall as this song plays.
Detective - 10/10 - One of my favorites. I could imagine how the video could go with this song. Gwen is the detective, checking up on her boyfriends: Tom, Tony, and Adrian, seeing them with other girls. But, the thing is, they're cheating on her with others while she's cheating on them with each other. It's more elaborate in my mind than that, but that's the gist of it.
Don't Let Me Down - 10/10 - A very good song to listen to when you're just feeling good. =)
Start the Fire - 10/10 - Another one of my favorites. It's another good song to dance to.
Running - 10/10 - I love the way the song starts out. Sounds like a video game. It's another good rainy day song.
In My Head - 9/10 - Actually quite a depressing song. Especailly, with the gun shot at the end. =(
Platinum Blonde Life - 10/10 - I just could see a video for this song. Gwen dressed like Joan Jett, standing on a jukebox, hold a chain as she sang.
Waiting Room - 10/10 - I have no idea what to say about this song. It's kinda weird, but good.
Rock Steady - 10/10 - A great way to end this CD. I love this song.
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