Album: No Doubt, Push and Shove (Polydor/Interscope)

 

The sixth album, and first in a decade, from Gwen Stefani & co poses the question: which No Doubt are they resurrecting?

This is a band who started with ska-punk, broke through with saccharine balladry, and peaked with electro R&B. That’s where they pick up. Thereafter, there’s an excess of bog-standard radio-friendly pop-rock, and a couple of wet weepies à la “Don’t Speak”. If Push and Shove doesn’t please absolutely everyone, it’s not for want of trying.

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