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  • Audio CD (April 11 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004SAWN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 435 customer reviews
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1. Ex-Girlfriend
2. Simple Kind Of Life
3. Bathwater
4. Six Feet Under
5. Magic's In The Makeup
6. Artificial Sweetener
7. Marry Me
8. New
9. Too Late
10. Comforting Lie
11. Suspension Without Suspense
12. Staring Problem
13. Home Now
14. Dark Blue

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Australian version featuring 1 bonus track: 'Big Distraction'.

After No Doubt sold more than 10 million copies of Tragic Kingdom, riding that wave of success without toppling over must have been a daunting mission. No sweat for No Doubt. The band toiled as national unknowns with a loyal local following for a decade before that album's release, and during that time the band members were learning how to be better songwriters and musicians. The follow-up, Return of Saturn, glides along that continuum of songcraft perfection. The band presents a cleaner, less apologist representation of their influences. They pull off some of the more difficult maneuvers of pure reggae, ground-pounding ska, and Cars-esque New Wave. Gwen Stefani, the fearless Orange County princess, belts a powerful pout, her Mae West-meets-Siouxsie Sioux vocal bravado the bungee cord that springs in between the band's retro tendencies and SoCal pop-punk attitude. It seems believable that she could stamp her foot and always get her way, but her self-deprecating confessions evade brattiness. Songs like "Bathwater" and "Ex-Girlfriend" reveal the singer's vulnerability to being hurt or dumped on, and the band's sense of humor and exploration (albeit firmly controlled) matches the songs' sentiments. This group is growing out and tightening up, and while the rest of the ska-punk surfer-dude bands do nothing more than repeat history, No Doubt is creating it. --Beth Massa

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This is a way different sound than that of Tragic Kingdom but in a good way. My favourite songs are the singles from the album: Ex-Girlfriend, Simple Kind of Life, Bathwater, and New. No Doubt has done it again!
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By A Customer on May 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, Tragic Kingdom was a brilliant album. I love ska as much as the next person. But '-Saturn' just pipped it to the post. Amazing lyrics, memorable melodies, these songs will get stuck in your head and you'll find yourself singing whether you like it or not.
1)Ex-Girlfriend: The most radio-friendly song on the album. Has a punky, almost rockish feel to it. Gwen raps or whispers her lyrics during the song, and the chorus is extremely catchy.
2)Simple Kind Of Life: The very first song ever composed soley by Gwen Stefani: words and music. Gwen sings about a relationship which she hoped would work out. Now don't kill me for this, but doesn't the chorus remind you of something by Shania Twain? Anyway, the song has a sort of poppy feel to it.
3)Bathwater: Wow. One of the best songs on the CD! No Doubt return to their ska roots and put in a bit of punk, and you get this! The lyrics are hard to understand, I suggest you get the lyric book inside the CD and read the words as though it was a story.
4)Six Feet Under: A fantastic song about death, Gwen's vocals are amazing in this song. If you've ever wondered about this song, you'll find you can relate. I sing this song all day and annoy my friends.
5)Magic's In The Make-up: Not one of my favourites, but a good song all the same. Gwen sings about her make-up, and how it hides who she truly is.
6)Artificial Sweetener: A great song about faking love, and Kanal is heard well in this. My favourite!
7)Marry Me: A haunting melody about marriage. Is this a proposal? Sounds like it to me. Another song with hard to understand lyrics, I'm afraid, but a catchy 'marrrry meeeee'.
8)New: Gwen sings about a person who is 'new' to her and is turning her world upside down. I love the keyboards, is that you Adrian?
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No Doubt, throughout their 15-odd year career, have been many things: underground ska sensation, mainstream ska sensation, crossover legends, Grammy winners, dancehall-lite platinum sellers -- but throughout it all, they retained a style of effervescence while delivering profound lyrics over bitingly powerful melodies. With two out of their three mainstream smashes, "Rock Steady" and "Tragic Kingdom," they had an irresistible formula. That formula, however, was not without fault. Although "Rock Steady" spawned three hit singles, the singles pale in comparison to the album only material. "Tragic Kingdom" had some filler album material but incredibly strong singles. This, "Return of Saturn," their most overlooked, under appreciated, and underestimated album, is their best.
"Return of Saturn" fails to fall into the cracks of the two albums it's wedged in between: its solid, fun, and deep throughout. It shows considerably more lyrical strength than the even more than stable "Tragic Kingdom" and a more faithful sound than the still-excellent "Rock Steady." The singles are equally as effective as the album-only material (specifically third single "Bathwater," a ska/cabaret mishmash which is one of their best singles to date and the album exclusive "Comforting Lie," a haphazard and stunning blend of flamenco and surf guitars), and frontwoman Gwen Stefani's lyrics plumb the depths of her seemingly endless musical mind, allowing the band to flaunt a brand new style of maturity that was lacking on "Tragic Kingdom" and lost underneath the gleam on "Rock Steady.
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Its hard to put my finger on it but Return of Saturn seems to be just a little substandard when compared to other No Doubt CD's. Gwen Stefani is in fine voice and even her lyrics are such songs as Bathwater, Simple Life, Suspension Without Suspense, and Dark Blue are quite touching and heartfelt. The band is in fine form as they certainly rock pretty hard on some tracks and add some creative touches elsewhere.
However, I think the melodies of the some of the other tracks are not as memorable as Rock Steady or even the fine debut. I've played through this CD about five times now and I really cannot remember much about the melodies in such songs as Magic's In The Makeup, Marry Me, New, Home Now, and Too Late. The arrangements jog my memory a drop that there were some jazz touches on Marry Me as well as a fairly compelling riff on Too Late. However the slight drop off in the level of these melodies does make a difference.
Also, the tone of many of these songs is quite depressing. Don't get me wrong, Fleetwood Mac produced an entire record of heartbreaking tunes with Rumours. However, the songs on Rumours were very melody focused and even provided an inkling of hope. Just listen to Don't Stop. These Return of Saturn numbers seem to wallow in despair with little trace that anything will get better.
Don't get me wrong, Return of Saturn is a good CD. And No Doubt is one of the best things going in the contemporary music world today. However, it falls a little(not a lot) short of their best material.
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