How amazingly bombastic is No Doubt‘s “Settle Down”? We’re still waiting for the video for the Mark “Spike” Stent-produced lead single from forthcoming comeback LP Push And Shove to premiere (that happens this evening), but as these things have a tendency to do, the song itself has now made its way online. Gwen Stefani declares that she’s “rough and tough”, and that “nothing’s gonna knock this girl down” on the joyous reggae-rock track, which manages to sound like No Doubt in both 2012 and 1995.
Guess what we’re saying is that “Settle Down” should obliterate any jitters longtime fans had about how the Orange County band would fare nine years after the release of their last single. Listen below.
No Doubt — ”Settle Down”
The intro to “Settle Down” is a Middle Eastern-tinged affair that segues into the ambient noise of a crowd of people on the street before launching into a familiar trademark electronic reggae wall of sound found on No Doubt’s older jams.
“Been around the block before, doesn’t matter anymore,” Stefani declares. (Memorize the full song over at DirectLyrics.com.) Indeed, it’s been six years since her last solo LP was released, while No Doubt’s previous studio album hit shelves at the tail-end of 2001. So, granted, Gwen truly has been around the block — but we just haven’t seen it happen in a hot minute.