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yeah, not bad
on 7 March 2003
Tragic kingdom was a great album, one hard to follow, but even if you put this out of your mind its hard to take in 'Return of Saturn'. First of all, just because the sound of No Doubt has changed doesn't mean this is a bad album (Rock Stedy was a complete change of sound but was brilliant).
In fact, the opening track 'Ex Girlfriend' (and first single) is a mind-blowing opener, with Gwen's nerotic vocals going over some nice beats and a fast flowing (almost punky) chorus. But somewhere along the line it goes slightly of track. This is probaly due to the fact that midway through you realize a pattern of rock/punk song to ballad, which repeats for 8 songs, and takes some of the sting from the album. Also the ska/reggea seems to have disappeared, which may leave 'Tragic Kingdom' fans a little disapointed.
On the bright side, 'Magic's in the Make up', the bouncy 'New', 'Artificial Sweetner' and 'Suspension without Suspence' are amoung the best songs No Doubt have written.
If your a fan with only 'Tragic Kingdom', and our wondering what album to get next, 'Return of saturn' may well please you, but I'd go for 'Rock Steady', as although its almost a complete change in sound, its well rounded and is full of catchy hooks that won't leave you're head. Or check out 'Sublime'.