Singles 1992-2003 CD (2003)

Artist: No Doubt

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Excellent! Don't get addicted though

by Daniel on 9/21/2005

First of all, this album is excellent. I like all of it's songs! That'll very likely happen with you after you listen to it your first couple of times. About my rating, don't get me wrong... 4 stars is truly EXCELLENT! But of course, we have to give room for the most perfect album possible, which truly doesn't exist (in my opinion), because nothing is perfect, but just in case... you get my point. Getting back to the album review, in this specific case the album is not perfect in the way that you sorta get tired of the songs if you listen to them quite frequently, mainly because all of the songs are basically the same genre. This aggravates if this is one of the few albums you listen to, something that happened to me and the reason why is because I don't like downloading songs, e.g. from iTunes, because I am used to having my songs encoded at 320 kbps (this is the song resolution), costing me more to purchase songs. So treat this Gwen baby like if it was wine... don't drink too much! :P P.S.: My true rating of this album is 96 in a scale from 0 to 100.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60620485
UPC 602498611265
UPC 14 00602498611265
Format CD
Release Date 11/25/2003
Author No Doubt
Associated Artist/Work Jetpack
Associated Artist/Work Jetpack (Surf)
Associated Artist/Work Jetpack UK (Formerly Jetpack)
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Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Reed; Dan Chase; Tkae Mendez; George Landress; The Count; Greg Collins; Rory Baker; Karl Derfler; Alain Johannes; Matt Hyde; Michael Carnevale; Phil Kaffel; Scott Campbell; Simon Gogerly; Tom Dumont; Tony Kanal; Bryan Carrigan
CatalogID 000149502
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 11/25/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498611265
Musical Guests
Bounty Killer
Lady Saw
Sly Dunbar
Matthew Wilder
Album Notes and Credits
No Doubt: Gwen Stefani (vocals); Tom Dumont (guitar, keyboards); Eric Stefani (piano, keyboards); Tony Kanal (keyboards, bass); Adrian Young (drums, percussion).
Additional Personnel includes: Lady Saw, Bounty Killer (vocals); Gabriel McNair (trombone, piano, keyboards); Stephen Bradley (trumpet, keyboards); Matthew Wilder (keyboards); Stuart Price, Sly Dunbar (programming).
Producers include: Glen Ballard, Nellee Hooper, Matthew Wilder, Sly & Robbie, Jerry Harrison.
Compilation producer: Cindy Cooper.
Includes liner notes by Paris Montoya and Tom Lanham.
Personnel: Gwen Stefani, Lady Saw (vocals); Tom Dumont (guitar, keyboards, programming); Melissa "Missy" Hasin (cello); Tony Kanal (saxophone, keyboards, bass guitar, programming); Andy Potts, Django Stewart, Eric Carpenter (saxophone); Don Hammerstedt, Phil Jordan , Stephen Bradley (trumpet); Gabrial McNair (trombone, piano, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer); Alex Henderson (trombone); Eric Stefani (piano, keyboards); Matthew Wilder (keyboards); Adrian Young (drums, percussion); Stephen Perkins (steel drum); Fabien Waltman, Philip Steir , Sly Dunbar, Stuart Price, Ned Douglas (programming).
Audio Mixers: Jack Joseph Puig; Mark "Spike" Stent; Paul Palmer.
Liner Note Authors: Paris Montoya; Tom Lanham.
Photographers: Sonya Farrell; Nicole Frantz; Stephanie Hsu; Frank Ockenfels; Chris Cuffaro; David LaChapelle; Jeffrey Bender; Dan Arsenault; F. Scott Schafer; Joseph Cultice.
No Doubt's strength has always been in its singles, from the band's early phase as a ska/punk-pop ensemble to their latter-day status as pop chart-toppers. This 15-song collection features all of the band's hits, which are sequenced remarkably well. Gwen Stefani and the boys kick things off in an appropriately energetic fashion with their breakthrough single, "Just a Girl." The 1980s-influenced keyboard line of this jaunty track leads wonderfully into the group's deft cover of Talk Talk's '80s-pop classic "It's My Life," which sports a muscular, fuzzed-out bass backing and seems tailor-made for Stefani's plaintive vocals.
The mood shifts to a dancehall vibe with the ultra-catchy "Hey Baby," and the track listing continues like a giddy roller coaster ride, including the spry "Sunday Morning," the reggae-tinged "Underneath It All," the guitar-heavy "Spiderwebs," and the melancholy "Don't Speak." And as a fitting nod to No Doubt's long-time fans, this sure-footed retrospective closes with the rhythmic workout of "Trapped in a Box" from their self-titled first album, bringing the band's musical legacy full circle.
Artist Overview
Part Cyndi Lauper and part Madness, No Doubt came out of nowhere in 1995 and exploded on the alt-rock scene with their special brand of mainstream ska-rock. While the focal point of the group was unmistakably the sexy and hyperactive singer Gwen Stefani, the rest of the band had no problem keeping pace and laying down a party-hearty vibe. The band released a string of hit albums the included the 2003 Grammy-nominated ROCK STEADY, before Stefani went on to huge success as a solo artist and fashion designer. Though she never officially broke up No Doubt, Stefani would establish her brand as pop star well beyond the successes of her group.
Professional Reviews
Q (1/04, p.135) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he period from '96 to the present has thrown up some glorious pop moments."
Disc 1
1 Just A Girl
2 It's My Life
3 Hey Baby - (featuring Bounty Killer)
4 Bathwater
5 Sunday Morning
6 Hella Good
7 New
8 Underneath It All - (featuring Lady Saw)
9 Excuse Me Mr.
10 Running
11 Spiderwebs
12 Simple Kind Of Life
13 Don't Speak
14 Ex-Girlfriend
15 Trapped In A Box
Product Attributes
Artist No Doubt
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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