No Doubt finally pushes, shoves back to the top

By Kevin Bartelt

The blonde, bodacious No Doubt released its sixth studio album, Push and Shove, Tuesday. The band has not recorded an album since Rock Steady in 2001. According to a Sept. 24 interview on, No Doubt’s influence for the new album was their favorite ’80s music.

“Even if we try to listen to new stuff, we always go back to the stuff that we grew up on,” bassist Tony Kanal said. “That’s the stuff that has that emotional tie.”

This album seems to send a positive message to its fans with songs called Sparkle and Heaven. If you don’t believe me, check out Gwen Stefani’s lyrics in the album’s first single, Settle Down: “I’m fine and nothing’s gonna knock this girl down/I’m hella positive for real.”

The album title may give off a negative connotation, but the pushing and shoving in the music is not violent; just Google the lyrics: “Give it to me straight/When you smooth operate/Can you come out and play?” Stefani croons. I don’t think you’ll be reciting those around the Christmas tree with Grandma this year.

In general, the album gives an optimistic vibe. My favorite song is One More Summer. This track is relaxing but definitely a toe-tapper. It’s also a great song to listen to as you drive through construction on your way to DeKalb…just saying.

If you like to dance, feel good about yourself or briefly feel uncomfortable at family parties, Push and Shove is probably right up your alley.

3.5/5 stars