Today was the big day for No Doubt fans across the world: their first album in over a decade was released. ‘Push and Shove’ hit the shelves on September 25 and having listened to it a couple of times, I can say it’s quite intriguing. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from them, maintaining the same style or a massive adaptation to the global changes in music… but it sounds good. It sounds damn good. It’s not revolutionary or anything, but damn, I’ve missed them.
Given that I just don’t have enough time to post an in-depth review (which I’ll do in a few days), let’s hear the highlights are straight from the band.
” ‘Undercover’ is a song I’m super in love with right now, because it was the first song we wrote on this album. It was the breakthrough song,” bassist Tony Kanal said. “When we had all this writer’s block, and we went on the road and we finally were able to get one done, it was that song, so it’s pretty special to me.”
“I love all the songs on the album, and I think for me, personally, I love albums the most where you don’t have to forward past filler, and I don’t want to presume to make that judgment on our album, but for me, I feel like every song is pretty awesome,” guitarist Tom Dumont added. “But the last song on the album is called ‘Dreaming the Same Dream,’ and as we were writing it, we were trying to do this prom song, and there’s just something about it that I love. It has this amazing ending that ends the album really powerfully. Right now, that’s my jam.”
Of course, for Gwen, the favorite was the name giver.
” ‘Push and Shove’ [the song] has something really exciting about it,” he said. “We were in New York with Sophie Muller, and we did a one-camera, one-light shoot on the streets of New York, and even though it’s not an official single, we made a video for it anyway, because we were really excited to put some visuals behind it.”