Album: No Doubt, Push and Shove (Polydor/Interscope)
Their first album since 2001's Rock Steady finds the re-formed No
Doubt making only the most tentative divergences from previously tried
and tested strategies, which gives Push and Shove a character that could
be described as either dated or timeless.
The tendency for modern chart music to blend into a sort of amorphous dance-pop esperanto results in tracks like "Looking Hot" resembling a Kylie-esque club stomper, while on the pleading power-ballad "Undone", Gwen Stefani sounds strikingly like Madonna. But the title-track offers a fun, ebullient return to their ska-punk roots, and the best track, "Settle Down", has a shuffling funk groove pleasingly bookended by mid-eastern-flavoured string intro and relaxed dub finale.
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
The real reason Eddie Redmayne was cast as a trans woman in The Danish Girl
JK Rowling announces Harry Potter's son is starting at Hogwarts
Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
Loose Women poll asking if rape is 'ever a woman's fault' sparks backlash
Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is 'as important as maths and being a doctor'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up