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Thank God they re-issued this!,
This review is from: The Beacon Street Collection (Audio CD)
After becoming a huge fan of No Doubt's more recent releases and Gwen Stefani's huge talent for music and popular culture as a whole, I decided to investigate this band further and, after being warned off their eponymous debut album, plumped for this, their second release.
This CD was originally released in 1995, funded by the band themselves after being dropped by their record company when their first single and album were huge flops. Thankfully, smart people recognised its greatness and many snapped it up, which enticed their record label to take them on again!
After the huge success of the sequel, Tragic Kingdom (another great) this album was re-issued on a worldwide scale in 1997 - and it's just aswell! There are a great many worthwhile tracks on here that no No Doubt fan should miss out on! My particular favourites are the opener Open The Gate, rockier moment Snakes, the quirky closers Squeal and Doghouse and, best of all, the simply amazing Total Hate '95 - the most original and hard-hitting song I've heard in ages and maybe one of the best ska songs ever!
Every fan of the band should definitely own a copy of this album as it's probably their second best ever (maybe even their best at points?) and is an essential part of the No Doubt collection! I'd also recommend it to fans of all good ska and punk music. However if you only realy like No Doubt in smooth, radio-and-chart-friendly, Underneath-It-All-mode, or the more recent electro-influenced It's My Life, this might be one to avoid. No Doubt have shown great diversity between all music genres over the years, but this is definitely a ska-punk-rock album.