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Rock Steady Enhanced

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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.

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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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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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No Doubt was the head of the ska revival in the mid-90's. "Tragic Kingdom" was a frantic clash of ska, pop, rock, show tunes, and (oddly enough) disco influences. Their next record "Return of Saturn" (which holds claim to some of their best songs, period) fueled their maturity and, while not selling nearly as much as "Tragic Kingdom," the critically acclaimed album left a mark of No Doubt's shifting styles and rapidly growing maturity. Gwen expanded her repertoire with guest spots on "South Side," Moby's synth- and hook-heavy smash and on rapper Eve's hit "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." Fresh off of these steps into newer territory and the broody "Return of Saturn," it appeared No Doubt was ready for a change.
That change was instantly evident. "Hey Baby," the first single off of this, their remarkable third mainstream album, was dancehall reggae (on American radio, anyway) at its finest. Fans of No Doubt's previous styles, however, were completely and wholly appalled. But they have no reason to be. "Rock Steady," while far from their previous jewels, is still No Doubt in fine form. Hooky, sugary, and addictive, "Rock Steady" pushes the envelope on what one band can do.
Filled to the brim with pulsating, bright and synth-heavy instrumentals, the mostly reggae influences of the album are totally obvious. Many of the songs, however, have a deeper and more complex meaning than suggested by their simple melodies. "Running," a gorgeous ballad set over a simple two or three note beat, has deeper tones of angst and, of course, the amazing vocals of frontwoman Stefani, which, if humanly possible, are even stronger and more well-rounded this go round.
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No Doubt is quickly becomming one of my favorite new bands. On Rock Steady Gwen, Tony, Tom, and Adrian provide a diverse sampling of modern rock, hip hop, ballads, and even reggae. More importantly these songs are all loaded with many catchy hooks.
The sound stays fresh from start to finish. I just adore the reggae flavored Underneath It All. The rap part fits in like a hand in a glove. The title track also has some pleasing reggae tones and soothing harmonies. In My Head is another soft soothing jazz flavored tune. Platinum Bloinde Life is a cool edgy rocker. And there so many good dance oriented tunes. These guys no how to use the hip hop beat without betraying their New Wave Rock N Roll roots. Some clever lyrics as well.
Its amaxing how many people feel betrayed by the slight change in No Doubt's sound from earlier works. Truthfully this is a band that wants to grow. And they definitely grow for the better. I say that in an age of here again gone tommorow stars like Sugar Ray, No Doubt is one band that will be a permanent force in the future of contemporary music.
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By A Customer on Jan. 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
i was (am?) a no doubt fan; i've got all their previous albums, and i was of course a little wary when i got this one last christmas. but after giving it a few listens, it grew on me, and perhaps that's what this album is meant to do: work its way into your favor. (thankfully, i never really listen to the radio or watch MTV, so i wasn't already sick and tired of it.)
so here's what i think:
"hella good" and "hey baby" are good dance songs though devoid of substance.
"making out" displays one of my least favorite gwen stefani personalities in a mediocre electro-pop song.
"underneath it all" is a wonderful show of no doubt's reggae leanings, pulled off mainly because it's not a complete switch of genres (it still sounds like them, in other words).
i personally don't find "detective" very satisfying- is it because of the blatant paranoia?
"don't let me down" is No Doubt New Wave taken to the extreme, and for that reason could have almost found a better place on return of saturn. but it sure is catchy.
i quite enjoy "start the fire". it has one of the best beats on this album and a nice tune (lyrics aren't bad either).
"running" begins with something reminiscent of game boy music and is so pretty it borders on cutesy.
don't like "in my head".
"platinum blonde life" is another dive into cars-y new wave. and is she mocking herself here?
next is the dreadfully ill-advised collaboration with prince, "waiting room". decidedly the worst track on this album.
the album ends with the lovely title track, on which uncertain love achieves melancholy perfection.
all in all, the best songs are the sweet and slow ones.
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