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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
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.
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949315825
  • Catalog Number: 493158
  • Sales rank: 44,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:27)
  2. 2 Hella Good (4:03)
  3. 3 Hey Baby - Bounty Killer (3:27)
  4. 4 Making Out (4:15)
  5. 5 Underneath It All - Lady Saw (5:02)
  6. 6 Detective (2:54)
  7. 7 Don't Let Me Down (4:08)
  8. 8 Start the Fire (4:12)
  9. 9 Running (4:02)
  10. 10 In My Head (3:25)
  11. 11 Platinum Blonde Life (3:28)
  12. 12 Waiting Room (4:27)
  13. 13 Rock Steady (5:24)
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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
Brian Gardner Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!!!

    I love this album!! I have lost count on how many times I have listened to it. I like "Dective", "Underneath it All", "Rock Steady", and "In my Head" are some of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have to be honest

    I love No Doubt, they are my favorite band EVER!! But I was't really impressed with this CD. It doesn't sound like Ska/Reggae anymore, it just sounds like pop. If you want to hear real awesome No Doubt check out these CD's:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I love every song on this CD. I think this is their best CD yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESUM!!!!

    Hella Good (5/5) This song is basically a great uptempo dance hip-hop song. The bass on this song is so loud, it is amazing...& it has a kewl guitar breakdown. This song never gets old for some reason./ Hey Baby (5/5) Great dancehall moderate tempo song. The bass on this song is really loud too. This song doesnt sound as good as it is because it was really overplayed./ Making Out (4/5) This is an 80s pop new wave song. It is really good. It is fast at 118 beats per minute...but it seems like it last too long./ Underneath It All (5/5) Love this reggae influenced song!!! It constist of all these different parts and they are but together so beautifully. Lady Saw made this song a hit./ Detective (5/5) GOSH...this song is awesum!!! It sounds like a suspense or something...i dunno. The song is under 3 minutes long, so it makes you wanna keep playing it. Oh yeah this song is a weird kinda rock./ Don't Let Me Down (5/5) This song is more than perfect...haha. It's a 80ish new wave rock song. This is my fav. on the CD. This sould have been a single. This song is really fast at like 138 BPM./ Start The Fire (4/5) At first I didnt like this song as much...but it grew on me. This is a str8 up reggae song that is about making up to your lover by getting high and having sex!!! LOL YUMMY!!!/ RUNNING (5/5) I think this song is just as, or more beautiful as Don't Speak. This song is so pretty. It really put a tear in my eye. It is an 80ish pop ballad, but amazingly it's faster than Hey Baby & Hella Good. This is also why this song is so unique./ In My Head (4/5) Awesum pop song. Really kewl. I like it alot./ Platinum Blonde Life (4/5) Awesum rock dance song!!!/ Waiting Room (2-4/5) At first I hated this song, but it grows on you. It sounds like a prince song hence it was produced by him. I give a 2 for the first time I heard it, but now I give it a 4. This is really a good song. It's the fastest song on the album. It's almost as fast as Ex-Girlfriend. This is a good RnB song./ Rock Steady (5-4/5) This song is the opposite to me, it was really great when I first heard it, but it is dying or something. It is too long. But great reggae-ish song./ I give this album an overall 5 STAR....becuase it is something for everyone. This and Return Of Saturn are the best albums ever made of all-time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD in World History!!

    This CD is so cool it just makes you want to get up and dance! I love the title because it is one of there hit songs on the CD! No Doubt also has a number of slow songs and a number of fast songs as well! This CD has also some songs that have rap in them and some songs that don't, which is really cool in my point of view! So what else is there to say No Doubt is the coolest band in world history!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best rock artists' to exsist!

    " Rock steady", I think is a pretty good song and the lyrics in the " Blond" song are almost the center point of cool. " Hella Good" beyond rocks and even though I am a huge fan, this cd did not rock enough for me to rate it beyond three stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!

    This CD is one of the best!! I love Detective and Underneath it All!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly the Best No Doubt CD Yet!

    As a MAJOR Gwenabee, I give Rock Steady THREE thumbs up! Only complaint: I think the cover art's kinda ugly :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 5 Star Must Get !

    With the release of Rock Steady No Doubt really shows the music world the talent that has kept them together for 15 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome! This blows ever other current artist OUT OF THE WATER!!

    This CD blows Return to Saturn away! It is their greatest cd yet, it is the coolest. I am a huge fan of Tragic Kingdom, but this is way cool! It's awsome! Everything they have done so far can't measure up to how great they made this cd! I totally recomend it if your into that cool, edgy, rock steady attitude! You would have to be a total nut case if you did not like this cd. It's a cd that even the geekiest nerds are allowed to love. It's totally awsome! I think that No Doubt is the greatest band, because they are not trying to be pop people, but they have been doing their own thing, the thing that they love the most!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST NO DOUBT CD TO DATE

    I REALLY LOVE THIS CD, A LITTLE SPLASH OF REGGAE ADDED TO THE MIX ON A FEW TRACKS, A WONDERFUL LISTENING EXPERIENCE KIND OF REMINESCENT OF BLONDIE AND MISSING PERSONS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great just Great

    This is the first No Doubt cd i got. This cd is just great. I've lost all contact with the outside world because i just sit there and listen to it all day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    0k

    Hey baby is pretty good, and hell a good is my favorite song. I hate Gwen and she wears way too much makeup (and still looks like cra p) but i have to admit she has a good voice. She wastes it singing bad songs, though- the rest of this CD sucks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Doubt's 'Rock Steady' album trully rocks!

    I love this album it is one of my favorites. It has such a unique sound that's like no other. Two of my most favorite tracks of the Rock Steady album are track 2 ''Hella Good'' and track 7 ''In My Head.'' This album is a definite must guaranteed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    No Doubt's cd, Rock Steady, is sure to be a hit. No Doubt lets loose and has fun on this album, not like Return of Saturn in which the band tried to show its seriousness and maturity. Some of the better tracks on the cd are Hey Baby, the first single off the album, Underneath It All, which features Lady Saw, Detective, in which Gwen sings of suspecting her lover of being unfaithful, Start the Fire, a song about getting back together, Running, which is a slower and more serious balad than many of the other songs on the album, In My Head, about a long distance relationship, Waiting Room, with vocals from Prince, Platinum Blonde Life, which is a harder rocking song than the others, and the title track, Rock Steady. All in all this is a great cd with the potential for many singles and I would definitely reccommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Catchy!!

    No Doubt has done a good job with this album although I thought they used the synthsizes too much! Not as good as the brilliant Tragic Kingdom. Songs like ''Don't Let me Down,'' ''Hella Good'' ''Start the fire'' and ''Platnium Blonde Life'' are very catchy tunes. There are only two songs on the album that I don't like including first single ''Hey Baby'' which I find ear damaging!! No Doubt are known for experimenting with music so I hope that they will go back to another Tragic Kingdom!!! Go No Doubt!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Took a little time to get used to...

    The first time I heard the CD I wasn't to crazy about it, but it grows on you. The more I listened, the more I liked it. I highly recommend this CD to everyone who likes something different. It's unique but it's not out of touch with listeners. I really like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I love it! I think it's soo cool, it has a great sound. BUY IT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!

    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!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock Steady Rocks!

    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

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