Tragic Kingdom

Tragic Kingdom

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by No Doubt
     
 

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Led by the infectious, pseudo-new wave single "Just a Girl," No Doubt's major-label debut, Tragic Kingdom, straddles the line between '90s punk, third-wave ska, and pop sensibility. The record was produced by Matthew Wilder, the auteur behind "Break My Stride" -- a clever mainstream co-opting of new wave quirkiness, and, as such, an

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Led by the infectious, pseudo-new wave single "Just a Girl," No Doubt's major-label debut, Tragic Kingdom, straddles the line between '90s punk, third-wave ska, and pop sensibility. The record was produced by Matthew Wilder, the auteur behind "Break My Stride" -- a clever mainstream co-opting of new wave quirkiness, and, as such, an ideal pairing. Wilder kept his production lean and accessible, accentuating No Doubt's appealing mix of new wave melodicism, post-grunge rock, and West Coast sunshine. Even though the band isn't always able to fuse its edgy energy with pop melodies, the combination worked far better than anyone could have hoped. When everything does click, the record is pure fun, even if some of the album makes you wish they could sustain that energy throughout the record. Tragic Kingdom might not have made much of an impact upon its initial release in late 1995, but throughout 1996 "Just a Girl" and "Spiderwebs" positively ruled the airwaves, both alternative and mainstream, and in 1997 No Doubt cemented their cross-generational appeal with the ballad hit "Don't Speak."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/1995
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949258023
catalogNumber:
92580
Rank:
20816

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

No Doubt   Primary Artist
Matthew Wilder   Keyboards
Bill Bergman   Saxophone
Aloke Dasgupta   Sitar
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Nick Lane   Trombone
Lovitt   Trumpet
Stephen Perkins   Steel Drums
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Eric Stefani   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Dumont   Guitar
Gabrial McNair   Percussion,Trombone
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Adrian Young   Percussion,Drums
Tony Kanal   Bass

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Producer
Albhy Galuten   Director
Ray Blair   Engineer
Matt Hyde   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
George Landress   Engineer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Eric Stefani   Composer
Tom Dumont   Composer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Tony Kanal   Composer

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Tragic Kingdom 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt has always been the best and they always will be! I'm 13 now and i've liked them scence i was a little kid.I cant wait till there next CD comes out. *~*Maria*~* NY
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Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubt is , without a doubt the best group in the world . Their music is the kind that you can either dance to , or fall asleep to . When I found out that I was going to their concert , I went absoluteley wild !!! Here are some songs I recomend - Return of Saturn - Ex-girlfriend , Bathwater , Artificial Sweetner, New, Comforting Lie , Home Now, Tragic Kingdom - Just A Girl, Dont Speak, Sunday Morning, No Doubt - Ache, Paulina, A Little Something Refreshing , Sinking Beacon Street Collection - Squeal
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best thing I've ever heard
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, this cd rocks!! i love no doubt and all their music but this is my favorite no doubt cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd so much I listened to it all the way to Virginia and back (for real!). All the songs have very ''real'' lyrics and catchy tunes that you'll love in a second. This is definitely a great cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this album if you like ska or punk. The music is really fun. Something you could sing along to in the car or dance to, something that you could have alot of fun with. The lyrics are good. I really like the songs ''Don't Speak'',''Spiderweb'' and ''Sunday Morning''. I really love their videos and how they portray the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't been a No Doubt fan my entire life I have been hooked on their album, Tragic Kingdom. It has a mix of pop/rock/reggae that's blended so closely together that it makes a whole different type of music! Of course, my fav. songs are Just a Girl and Don't Speak because you can really feel all of the emotions that they're trying to get out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Doubts 3rd album, Tragic Kingdom is awesome! All of the songs that were written by Gwen Stefani have so much meaning! Most of them or all of them were written from Gwens heart. Most of them are bashing Tony Kanal, her ex-boyfriend of 6 years and bassist of No Doubt, but thats okay. This album is awesome! Its my favorite cd, and trust me, i have A LOT of cd's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is, I think, the best of their work. It's what put them at the top and they haven't fallen from their lofty position. Their songs are catchy, quirky and just deep enough to contribute something to the world. I love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the NoDoubt Tragic Kingdom Cd was great. Not only was it the one that got them in the big time, it had great sound to it. Gwen Steffani has a beautiful voice that just gets you in to the songs, but you have Tonny Kanal sporting his mad skills on the bass guitar and keyboards, Tom Dumont jamming on the guitar and keyboard, and you have the sexy Adrian Yound rocking out on the drums! add the four together and what you get? a great band called NoDoubt, that is with out a doubt one of the GREATEST bands in my book if not number one. Even if NoDoubt goes down in flames and nobody likes them any more, i garrenty that i will be the one person to sport the nodoubt clothes and stickers all over my locker and binders!!! They Have Got The Sound, Lyrics, and Vocals The People MAINLY ! my Self LOVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've lived most of my childhood while listening to great music by my favorite group, No Doubt. They are more than just another music band and this album should be recognized to be very personal to their group. It has energetic songs and propelling tunes to help an active individual. I look up to Gwen and the rest of their group and respect them and everything they have had to overcome in producing great music (such as this CD.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
tHIS CD IS GREAT YOU WILL LUV IT. WHEN i FIRST GOT THIS CD, i COULD NOT STOP LISETNING TO IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Lord, how many times have I listened to this CD anyways? About 5 million at least. No Doubt has got to be the best band in the world (except for, possibly, Radiohead). Buy this album; you will not regret it. It is worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked all the songs on it. It's the best cd I've ever heard of No Doubt. If you don't have this cd already, you should DEFINATELY buy it.
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