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Five years separated Tragic Kingdom and its 2000 follow-up, Return of Saturn. About 15 months separated Saturn and its sequel, Rock Steady -- a clear sign that No Doubt was getting back to business, but it's really a more accurate reflection of Gwen Stefani's stature in 2001. Once Saturn started slipping down the charts -- apparently, the kids weren't ready to hear a post-new wave album about facing your thirties with your biological clock ticking -- Stefani started popping up all over the place, appearing on Moby's remix of "South Side" and duetting with Eve on "Let Me Blow Your Mind." These were major, major hits, restoring luster to Gwen Stefani, and therefore, No Doubt, while giving them some hip-hop/dance credibility (albeit rather small cred), so it was time to turn out another record to capitalize on this re-opened window. Smartly, they followed a Madonna blueprint by working with several producers -- Nellee Hooper, Sly & Robbie, Ric Ocasek, Prince, Steely & Clevie -- and running it through Mark "Spike" Stent for mixing and additional production, thereby giving it a unified sound while covering all the bases. And they certainly cover all their bases, retaining their footing in new wave and ska revival while ratcheting up their fondness for reggae (specifically, dancehall and ragga, unfortunately; the guest toasters are the only real misstep here) and their newly acquired taste for dance and hip-hop. It's a testament to No Doubt's abilities as a band (not to mention their sheer likeability; they're just so good-hearted and unpretentious, it's hard to imagine getting angered about this band) that it neither sounds like pandering to the charts or the opening salvo in Stefani's solo career -- it simply sounds like a good, hooky, stylish mainstream pop record, something that's rather rare in 2001.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Intro
00:00:27

Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

2
Hella Good
00:04:02

Chad Hugo, ComposerLyricist - Tony Kanal, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fabien Waltmann, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer - Greg Collins, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Uddin, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Unknown, Other - Wayne Wilkins, Unknown, Other - Simon Gogerly, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Dumont, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - GWEN STEFANI, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Rossiter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist - Adrian Young, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Fields, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Gould, Unknown, Other

An Interscope Records Release; ℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Hey Baby
00:03:27

Tony Kanal, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Philip Steir, Producer, Additional Producer - Bounty Killer, FeaturedArtist - Sly & Robbie, Producer - Keith Uddin, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Unknown, Other - Wayne Wilkins, Unknown, Other - Tom Dumont, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Jobson, Producer, Executive Producer - GWEN STEFANI, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rodney Price, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist - Adrian Young, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Fields, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Gould, Unknown, Other - Wayne Jobson, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

4
Making Out
00:04:15

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - WILLIAM ORBIT, Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

5
Underneath It All
00:05:03

Tony Kanal, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gabrial McNair, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Sly & Robbie, Producer - Lady Saw, Unknown, Other, FeaturedArtist - Ned Douglas, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Uddin, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Unknown, Other - Wayne Wilkins, Unknown, Other - Tom Dumont, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Jobson, Producer, Executive Producer - GWEN STEFANI, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Shakespeare, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist - Adrian Young, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Fields, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Django Stewart, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tkae Mendez, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Gould, Unknown, Other - Wayne Jobson, Producer, Executive Producer - Rory Baker, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toby Whalen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Potts, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

6
Detective
00:02:53

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

7
Don't Let Me Down
00:04:09

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - Ric Ocasek, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Producer, Additional Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

8
Start The Fire
00:04:08

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - Steely & Clevie, Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

9
Running
00:04:00

Tony Kanal, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer - Greg Collins, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Uddin, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Unknown, Other - Wayne Wilkins, Unknown, Other - Simon Gogerly, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Dumont, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - GWEN STEFANI, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Rossiter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist - Adrian Young, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Fields, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Gould, Unknown, Other

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

10
In My Head
00:03:26

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

11
Platinum Blonde Life
00:03:27

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - Ric Ocasek, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Producer, Additional Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

12
Waiting Room
00:04:27

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dumont, ComposerLyricist - Prince, ComposerLyricist - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

13
Rock Steady
00:05:22

Tony Kanal, ComposerLyricist - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer - GWEN STEFANI, ComposerLyricist - No Doubt, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Interscope Records

Album Description

Five years separated Tragic Kingdom and its 2000 follow-up, Return of Saturn. About 15 months separated Saturn and its sequel, Rock Steady -- a clear sign that No Doubt was getting back to business, but it's really a more accurate reflection of Gwen Stefani's stature in 2001. Once Saturn started slipping down the charts -- apparently, the kids weren't ready to hear a post-new wave album about facing your thirties with your biological clock ticking -- Stefani started popping up all over the place, appearing on Moby's remix of "South Side" and duetting with Eve on "Let Me Blow Your Mind." These were major, major hits, restoring luster to Gwen Stefani, and therefore, No Doubt, while giving them some hip-hop/dance credibility (albeit rather small cred), so it was time to turn out another record to capitalize on this re-opened window. Smartly, they followed a Madonna blueprint by working with several producers -- Nellee Hooper, Sly & Robbie, Ric Ocasek, Prince, Steely & Clevie -- and running it through Mark "Spike" Stent for mixing and additional production, thereby giving it a unified sound while covering all the bases. And they certainly cover all their bases, retaining their footing in new wave and ska revival while ratcheting up their fondness for reggae (specifically, dancehall and ragga, unfortunately; the guest toasters are the only real misstep here) and their newly acquired taste for dance and hip-hop. It's a testament to No Doubt's abilities as a band (not to mention their sheer likeability; they're just so good-hearted and unpretentious, it's hard to imagine getting angered about this band) that it neither sounds like pandering to the charts or the opening salvo in Stefani's solo career -- it simply sounds like a good, hooky, stylish mainstream pop record, something that's rather rare in 2001.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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