Rock Steady

Rock Steady

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by No Doubt

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With cameos on two smash singles -- Moby's "South Side" remix and Eve's seductive "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" -- since No Doubt's Return of Saturn, Gwen Stefani easily could have gotten comfortable riding shotgun in other people's flashy cars. Fortunately, she's back


With cameos on two smash singles -- Moby's "South Side" remix and Eve's seductive "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" -- since No Doubt's Return of Saturn, Gwen Stefani easily could have gotten comfortable riding shotgun in other people's flashy cars. Fortunately, she's back in the driver's seat of her original new-wave hot rod, refueled by her forays into dance and hip-hop. Rock Steady is as fresh and fun as No Doubt's breakthrough, Tragic Kingdom -- it's a valentine to dancehall and reggae written in the day-glo bubble letters of synth-obsessed new wave-lite pop. The thumping first single, "Hey Baby," features a roof-raising chorus and a bouncy Bounty Killer cameo, and Stefani sweetly woos and coos on the upbeat, reggae-flavored ballad "Underneath It All." Lyrically, the blonde bombshell still has no problem divulging the secrets of her personal life, but this time, she keeps the subject matter lighter than on 2000's disappointing Saturn. In contrast with that disc's overarching concerns with biological clock ticking and personal reevaluation, Stefani seems content to play a starry-eyed romantic and keep the heavy stuff between the covers. On the Kraftwerk-inspired "Hella Good," co-penned by one-half of the ubiquitous star-producers the Neptunes, Stefani sings, "You got me feelin' hella good so let's just keep on dancing," while on the excellent William Orbit-produced, fuzz-bass pumped "Making Out," she anticipates just "hanging out" with her long-distance lover. Even with so many strong production personalities at the mixing board (including Prince, Sly & Robbie, Nellee Hooper, and the Cars' Ric Ocasek), Stefani's charisma shines through and ties all of the tracks together. With Rock Steady, No Doubt haven't grown up -- instead, they've grown into the party-hopping, free-loving wild children their audience has always wanted them to be.

Editorial Reviews

Spin Magazine
The don't-call-it-a-comeback Rock Steady is hungry to ride that new relevance--collaborators include a Neptune, for that now sound, Jamaican legends Sly & Robbie and Steely & Clevie, for reggae roots, and Prince, for roots and pop expertise both. Jesse Berrett

Product Details

Release Date:
Interscope Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

No Doubt   Primary Artist
Ric Ocasek   Keyboards
Prince   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Bounty Killer   Track Performer
Lady Saw   Track Performer
Tom Dumont   Guitar,Keyboards
Gabrial McNair   Trombone,Keyboards,Clavinet
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Tony Kanal   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone
Andy Potts   Saxophone
Django Stewart   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Brian Jobson   Executive Producer
Ric Ocasek   Producer
Prince   Producer
William Orbit   Producer
No Doubt   Producer
Sly & Robbie   Producer
Daniel Chase   Engineer
Clevie   Producer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Programming
Nellee Hooper   Producer
Wayne Jobson   Executive Producer
Alain Johannes   Engineer
Steely   Producer
Philip Steir   Programming,Producer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer
Simon Gogerly   Engineer
Hans Buff   Engineer
Tom Dumont   Programming,Engineer
Sean Spuehler   Programming
Gwen Stefani   Programming,Art Conception
Tony Kanal   Programming,Engineer
Rory Baker   Engineer
John Gould   Mixing Programmer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Ned Douglas   Programming
Wayne Wilkins   Mixing Programmer
Count   Engineer
Tkae Mendez   Engineer

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Rock Steady 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is gonna be awesome everything No Doubt has ever done since The Tragic Kingdom has be wonderful. I can't wait to here No Doubts new sound. This will be a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe the title is a bit akward,but the music awesome .And my best to the band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO DOUBT is one of my favorite bands and Im really excited that they will be coming out with a new album soon!!! Its gonna be GREAT
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real love survives, a rock steady vibe - Rock Steady This is definitely a rad CD. It follows No Doubt's every changing style. They are always the cutting edge of music. What can I say? I love the friggin' band! They can do no wrong in my book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love No Doubt!!! They are the best and there Cd is the just what we need right now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rock Steady is an incredible album put out by the best band on earth - No Doubt! No Doubt comes through yet again with an awesome sound of reggae and ska. Gwen, Tony, Tom, and Adrian come through again with this wonderful album and it will be another breakthrough album for this enjoyable band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to ''Tragic Kingdom'' and ''Return of Saturn'' over and over waiting on this album to come out. I am so happy they are coming out with some new stuff. They are truly one of the best bands I have heard in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing!! This is the best album I have heard in a long while! Great sounds, great lyrics, greaaaaat band! No Doubt has only grown better with age as they reach their 15 year mark. Go out and buy it if you haven't already. Believe me it is totally worth the cash and then some
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of No Doubt's since Orange County,before they broke big. After all these years I think it's great to finally see an album that shines light on the fun loving, free spirited No Doubt of the pass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great! I honestly liked every song immediately!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've been anticipating the release of this album from the second i heard that NO DOUBT was in Jamaica recording! i'm their biggest fan....i even touched Gwen's foot last summer on the Return of Saturn tour, and i got a saturn tattooed on my back. now i can't believe i have to wait until after school to buy it! all the best...SPREAD THE ROCK STEADY LOVE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ran out during my lunch our to buy Rock Steady. It was worth every penny. It is an astounding addition with a lot of growth. BRAVO No Doubt!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt has always been known for experimenting with new things, but Rock Steady completely shifts their entire genre of music. Although ''The Return of Saturn'' was much differnet than ''Tragic Kingdom'', both shared backgrounds in rock and ska, but the unsucessful nature of ''The Return of Saturn'' has pushed No Doubt into a brand new area of dancehall/reggae. The music on this album is very fresh and original, blowing past all of the generic pop bands on the radio charts. It is apparent that their experience in Jamaica influenced their album in songs like ''Underneath it All'' and ''Hey Baby'', but they retain much of their previous style in songs like ''In my Head'' and ''Platinum Blonde Life''. Overall, this album is very ecclectic and is taking a risk by moving so far out of what one normally hears on the top 40 charts. However, the lyrics are not too deep for young listeners, but they are still pleasing to a more mature crowd. Being a loyal No Doubt fan, I see this movement from ''The Return of Saturn'' to ''Rock Steady'' as the band taking an opportunity to get more listeners. I love the album, but I am disappointed that the band moved away from much of their ''The Return of Saturn'' sytle. The success of the album will ultimately be determined by the listeners though, but with songs like ''Hella Good'' and ''Making Out'', I believe the album will do very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright...I LOVE ND! Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn (which in anyone who really matters books WAS NOT A FAILURE!) rocked! Rock Steady is going to be awesome! Long live NO DOUBT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started to get into the ''No Doubt'' vibe a while ago with the album ''Return of Saturn''. I am not a huge ska or punk fan, but I just love Gwens looks and vocals matched with the boys' style and talent. The new cd ''Rock Steady'' has nothing to do with rock music, but it is by far their best album. They should have called it ''Dance Steady'' !!! With all the Jamacian rythms and disco beats, ''Rock Steady'' is bound for multi-platinum bliss!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt has never failed to surprise, and again, on this new record they have done it again. Who else could make a cd filled with dancehall reggae, trip hop, new wave reminiscent of the early 80's, and disco and make it work? Not many, but on this record No Doubt does so flawlessly. The record shines with it's highly polished production, amazing hooks, and wonderfully orchestrated tracks. If it's fun, eclecticism, and genious you want from a band that has been around longer then most then i highly suggest you pick up this record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work in the music industry and I've never been a big No Doubt fan. I like Gwen's look, but was never really into their music. Not bad, just not my thing...too young mostly and top 40ish. Without knowing anything about the album I bought it and I am REALLY impressed. First of all, take this album, stick in in your discman and CRANK IT UP cause the production on this baby is AWESOME! They've really nailed the early 80s electro funk vibe that's coming back. The sound is dense, layered and is a funky wild ride from start to finish. I think it would make a great rock opera - sorta Moulin Rouge...PROPS to No Doubt for pushing it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is their best. ive never really known who they were but now i have all of their cds. ROCK STEADY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this album is one of thier best compared to Tragic Kingdom. I also think that Return of Saturn was a really good cd too I liked every song on ther but thats just me because I'm A Huge ND fan and I love their new single ''Hey Baby'' and the video is great. I love thier new style they are so creative!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so nice to hear some sca and reggae tracks on this cd. Island people do make the sweetest sounding music around but it takes a very talented mainland band to bring it to the world! Gwen is the Queen! I totally love this mix of rock and reggae.World enjoy da vibe! Reggae is hear to stay baby!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt's genre almost completely changes w/this CD! There's a little Jamaican mon, 80's, ska & even a 70's disco-type song!! It is really awesome - Gwen has really expanded her reach with this one!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the best yet that No Doubt has offered. The styles that they use vary from 80's to pop and regae. I have listened to this non stop for 3 days and I don't think that I can ever get bored!! A definante must buy for all No Doubt fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt is an awesome group. Gwen Stefani sure is a role model for some teenagers who want to be like her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, if you liked Tragic Kingdom or Return of Saturn, or especially the self-titled first No Doubt CD, you will definitely love Rock Steady as well. It is not as good as Tragic Kingdom to me, but it tops all the other CD's! It's still great, exciting, fun music that sucks you in and never lets you out. =)