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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00005QDW1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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NO DOUBT Rock Steady (2001 UK 13-track enhanced CD album including the singles Hey Baby Hella Good and Underneath It All plus CD-Rom Section with Hey Baby music video making of the album footage and screensaver picture sleeve)

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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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Very good new album by the established ska punkers 'no doubt', Gwen Stefani's work with Eve is evident with rapping being on two of the album's songs 'hey baby' and 'underneath it all', but these fit very well with the traditional no doubt sounds. The song produced by William Orbit (famous for input to Madonna's excellent 'Ray of Light'), (Making Out), is excellent, with Mr Orbit's influces very clearly shown here. Work with another Madonna producer Nellee Hooper (Bedtime Stories) is also fresh, with new unusual sounds, which do the whole band justice. But once again, Gwen Stefani's powerful vocals make the album, and her voice shifts smoothly for the different songs on the album. Working with new producers has been a good move for no doubt, and they even collaborate with 'the symbol' formally known as Prince, giving another excellent but different song. Overall, a fresh, funky album, No doubt doing what they do best, making music!
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one of my all time favourite bands released one of me all time favourite albums of the last decade in 2001 with Rock Steady, a perfect blend of electronica pop, Dancehall,Raggae,Ska,Hip Hop and Dance Pop with a fantastic New Wave twist almost effortlessly transforming what could have appeared somewhat generic or unhinged transformed itself on one disc into what i would call a modern masterpiece!

Rock Steady is the 5th full studio album by No Doubt and this is the album that certified me as a fan WAY back when i was about 9 years old! i loved that raw energy Gwen Stefani had with her vocals, and the synthy deep basslines in their songs and that pure nonsensical vibe each song has on here that makes this album flourish with colour and depth to the lyrics which get you to either relate to or just propel one's self to the dancefloor and boggie yourself senseless!

Hella Good is for me the most HUGEST sounding dance anthem of the recording, produced by Pharrel and the Neptunes and Nelle Hooper(a future collaborator on Gwen's L.A.M.B and Sweet Escape solo albums) with a very huge Madonna synth vibe dance anthem like Into The Groove or Dress You Up in terms of the fact that the lyrics are really belted out while the dark synth grooves motivate you to just groove out to the song! Hey Baby shows reggae and Dancehall influences and was also a major hit here in the UK very pulsating and very anthemic!
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I'm a pretty big No Doubt fan but i didn't buy this album initially, despite liking the first two singles "Hey Baby" and "Hella Good", i guess i just never really got round to buying it. I'm glad i have now though. I've owned it less than a week and it is by far my favourite album at present. Each song tells its own little story and its really enjoyable listening to the album right the way through. My favourites are "underneath it all" "platinum blonde life" and "don't let me down". Saying this i'm really impressed with this album and look forward to hearing more very soon from no doubt!
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No Doubt have returned with a different and uplifting album.
Instead of just coming back with the same album only with a different name and different lyrics, like some bands think is acceptable these days!(not mentioning any names!) they have re-entered our C.D player with an unusual and eclectic mix of brilliant music.
You cannot liken this to any other band. They may come under the same genre as Red Hot Chili Peppers and 311 but they have a trademark sound (gwen's voice) which they skillfully mould different styles of music around.
There are a lot more reggae influences in this album, for example the single 'Hey Baby' features Bounty Killer rapping. As the band says, during recording there were a lot of dancehall influences. Don't let this put you off (don't worry its not the type kids with neon yellow jackets and whistles rave to), its more subtle and No Doubt pulls it off brilliantly , exploring a new area of music but not losing what makes us love them!
Some songs are more reggae orientated than others i.e 'Underneath It All' and 'Rock Steady'. Standout tracks are 'Rock Steady', 'Making Out','Hey Baby' and 'Don't let Me Down'.
If I was to compare this to previous albums I would say it was more similar to parts of Tragic Kingdom,(like tracks 5&11) than any other, but there really is no obvious parallel.
Overall this is an excellent new C.D from the band. I'd definately recommend it to No Doubt fans and No Doubt virgins alike! KATE x
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The lithe machine-woman that is Gwen Stefani is a strange concoction: if you take away the massed slobber-factor 9 which the poor woman inevitably invokes every time she exhales, it then becomes interesting to sift through what's left.
She's not a big singer; she can carry a tune in a limited bucket but she's nowhere close to Bush, Bassey or even Banshee.
She can write a choice lyric occasionally, and luckily knows when a chord-change or counter-melody is effective, and that's basically her. Shouts of 'star quality' and 'charisma' don't qualify without the lush strawberry image - and she wouldn't receive either if she looked like Peter Andre.

'Rocksteady' achieves pleasantness despite reservations. Purely on song terms, it wins by a leg: the sub-Trojan ballad 'Underneath It All' curls up at your feet after swirling fetchingly around your senses, and the Christmassy 'Running' allows GS unexpected vulnerability far beyond the rattling collection tins of similar angst-maidens, playing on the gullible wallets of lustily sympathetic daddy-figures.

All-in-all, 'Rocksteady' is a success, while ultimately operating light-years away from any sort of great-album status. Gwen is good, but she should stick with what she knows - and that means knocking her largely abysmal solo career on the head for a start.

Stefani without the ogling and the drooling isn't much fun to be honest; you wouldn't rush to something even as excellent as 'Early Winter' without at the very least the promise of those excellent legs completely dominating the video, or those proficiently pouting lips redefining glossy feminine redness in her 'live' MTV appearances.
It's quite ridiculous to attach any kind of artistic seriousness or aesthetic longevity to her; in any context, she can't be considered anything other than ornately transient.

'Rocksteady' is fun and frolics, while you search for the true loves of your life.
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