No Doubt release first single Settle Down off new album: review

Posted on 19 September 2012
By Camilla McNatty
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The highly anticipated new album from Grammy Award winning band No Doubt is set for release September 24th, and their first single ‘Settle Down’ proves that despite their ten year break, Gwen Stefani hasn’t lost any of her allure.

The album ‘Push and Shove’ produced by British producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent at Mix Suite LA, came about ‘by a series of accidents and mistakes,’ claims Stefani.

Recently, she claimed that she no longer wanted to make music alone and was happy being a part of No Doubt. The feel from their initial release from the album confirms that within the folds of the band, she is at her strongest.

The track, ‘Settle Down’ feels exactly like any other song from their impressive back catalogue. A combination of reggae beats coupled with a strong bass track is typically No Doubt and has a catching chorus with Stefani boldly claiming, ‘I’m fine and nothing’s gonna knock this girl down.’

The video was directed by the bands long standing friend and previous collaborator, Sophie Muller and fits perfectly with the Jamaican street feel of the track. With Stefani singing, ‘Get in line and settle down,’ dancers capture the atmosphere against a backdrop of bright lights and with Stefani taking command on the roof of a truck.

Lyrics claiming, ‘No big deal, I can handle it, It’ll bounce off me, I can handle it, Been around the block before,’ are reminiscent of Stefani’s confident air which has always been apparent, both in her solo work and in No Doubt. With the band claiming that they can’t wait to share the songs with everyone, the first track promises that the new album will both please old fans and attract new.