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Rock Steady [Enhanced]

No Doubt Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (639 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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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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NO DOUBT Rock Steady (2001 UK 13-track enhanced CD album including the singles Hey Baby Hella Good and Underneath It All plus CD-Rom Section with Hey Baby music video making of the album footage and screensaver picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 songs from No Doubt Dec 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Rock Steady" is the 4th No Doubt album. The EXTREMELY catchy CD is actually pretty good; i've been a fan for a long time and it's okay. i graded the songs with letter grades, so her it goes.
1) intro- this is basically just the chorus to "rock steady." A
2) hella good- i don't like this song too much, it's kinda dark and too long. B
3) hey baby- this is the first EXTREMELY catchy song, and it's
great to dance to. A
4) making out- another EXTREMELY catchy song should be a single; actually they all could be singles. anyway, the song is great.
A+
5) underneath it all- i think this song starts out at a Jamaican radio station, then it turns into "underneath it all," then turns back to the radio station. weird, but fun! A
6) detective- one of my favs off this album, it could make a great video. A+
7) don't let me down- this and "platinum blonde life" stole the melody from some 90's rock song, but the melodies were so good, and the lyrics so fresh, that you don't care! my fav. A+
8) start the fire- okay, this song starts out VERY strange, but turns into an electronic/reggae mix of rock. A
9) running- long, draggy... B-
10) in my head- my 2nd fave. somewhat original, and great to sing along to. ends horribly! A+ though.
11) platinum blonde life- this song is pretty good, but it sounds too much like a green day or barenaked ladies song. A
12) waiting room- if the ending wasn't that okay, then this would have failed my grading scheme. C-
13) rock steady- the traditional no doubt, 5 1/2 minute long song! this song is VERY take-your-time. A
overall, no doubt has made a (i wouldn't say different...) new album with great music and EXTREMELY catchy choruses and verses from Gwen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Steady Jan. 9 2012
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I'm loving the reggae influence on this album. Hey Baby, Hella Good, and Running are all amazing songs! My personal favourite would be Underneath It All. Making Out and Detective are also good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!!! Dec 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was the best CD that I've bought in a long time. Fun music that makes you want to dance. It's great for roadtrips.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Catastrophic and almost suicidally depressing July 15 2004
By M
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bleh July 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only liked a couple songs like: Running, Makeout, In My head and one or two others. I cannot stand to listen to Hey BABY. I liked the Tragic Kingdom, Beacon Street and Return of Saturn cd's better. I thinked they rushed too fast to do this cd. They had just released Return of Saturn and a little over a year later, this cd came out. Hopefully, this was just one cd they just didn't care to take seriously and just wanted to have fun. Let's hope for the next cd's, that they'll get back to the real No Doubt ways.
P.S- This might sound mean, but maybe Gwen needs to have some relationship problems in order to release another cd that would sound as good as their previous ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good CD June 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
if you like the reggae/ska style with hints of new wave from the 80's, this CD is for you. There's a lot of great dance jams and guitar ballads on this CD that have a lot of energy, and this period for No Doubt stands as one of my favourites today. My favourite tracks are Hella Good, Underneath it All, Hey Baby, Running and lots of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is NO DOUBT's best album. Finally they dove into doing real reggae instead of SKA. I rock this album everyday since I got it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow June 5 2004
By Mary
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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