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July 18, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo

No Doubt is back

This week, we were blessed with the highly anticipated single, Settle Down, which signaled the beginning of No Doubt’s comeback. After nearly a decade without the band in our lives, Settle Down, literally reminds us of the reason behind the absence; the band took time off to start families. The hook of the song does sound like something my parents and teachers said to me during every fire drill and field trip of my youth: “get in line and settle down.”

The song itself is like a compilation of every single the band has released to date. The vibrant and borderline Caribbean beats remind me of the ska stylings of Spider Webs, with the groove twist that one gets when listening to Hey Baby. It should also be noted that for a group that came out in the 90′s, who put their bodies through the physical tortures of touring and parenting, they all look the same. It’s quite impressive.

The band’s new album, Push and Shove, (yet another subconscious homage to children and parenting… I wonder if they realize that they are doing this…), is set to drop on September 25th according to the band’s website. The band is also set to perform on Good Morning America on Friday, July 27th as part of the show’s summer concert series. This will allow us all to see if they’ve still got it, even if you can’t make it to Central Park for the live show. From what I’ve seen thus far? They’ve still got it. And I’m even willing to forgive them for Hella Good.

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