Poor No Doubt. Their big comeback was hyped to the heavens and they were actually one of the VERY FEW artists that met the hype last year (Lotus, I’m looking at you), but all the good music in the world wasn’t enough to stop Push and Shove from tanking. Flaw-free lead single, “Settle Down,” managed to chart off of comeback buzz alone, but was a little too left-field for the masses overall, while the more mainstream follow-up, “Looking Hot,” was D.O.A. thanks to the now infamous Native American music video scandal.
There’s been multiple hints over the past couple of months that the band have been back in the studio trying to rush a new album out, but now we’ve got the news straight from horse’s mouth: No Doubt are recording new music, and it will be out this year.
So far we know that they’ve been in with Shellback (needs no introduction) and Jim Jonsin (Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation,” Kid Cudi’s “Erase Me,”). And Tony Kanal, of course, but that goes without saying.
What the fuck does it take for somebody to get a hit album these days? Push and Shove shat on most of the pop albums released last year, Gwen Stefani, like J. Lo, remains infinitely more attractive than 99% of the younger pop chicks, and “Settle Down” had an awesome video. Even the “Looking Hot” video slayed despite the fact that it gravely offended a large minority of people and damaged the band’s good reputation for all eternity.
Anyway, after going without new No Doubt music for over a decade, two albums in a year is nothing to get upset about. When Return of Saturn underperformed, they rushed out Rock Steady just over a year later and owned the charts, so I’m looking at this as a positive thing.