Single Review: No Doubt – Settle Down ✭✭✭✭

No Doubt

Settle Down (Released July 16th)

Settle Down’, No Doubts first single in a number of years. The band announced in June 2012 that their new album would be released on September 25th, named Push and Shove. Reuniting once again is; Gwen Stefani (lead vocals), Tom Dumont (guitars), Tony Kanal (bass) and Adrian Young (drums).

Settle Down is a typical No Doubt song, great for the radio. I definitely have to say it’s one of those songs that grows on you, not an instant like but a gradual like. Once you’ve grown to like it, you realise the beat has a diverse sound, harnessing global rhythms, courtesy of the producer Diplo (best known for work with M.I.A and Beyonce).

You can hear Latin and Caribbean-tinged beats, which then merges with the normal of American pop and rock and then obviously adding the No Doubt sound, which made them famous in the first place. The quirky vocals from Gwen Stefani make for a great party track, and a catchy chorus.

Briefly mentioning the video that they released on the same day as the song, the length of the song on the album and video is over 6 minutes. The video was directed by friend and long-time collaborator Sophie Muller. The video is basically about the band reuniting and having a party. Gwen Stefani does not age, she looks amazing.

I’m looking forward to hearing what music the album brings in September. It’s nice to have them back.

4 out of 5 stars ✭✭✭✭

Review by Christina Benneworth