Rock Steady

Rock Steady

by No DoubtNo Doubt

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2001
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949315818
catalogNumber: 493158

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   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Sean Spuehler   Programming
Gwen Stefani   Composer,Programming,Art Conception
Tony Kanal   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Rory Baker   Engineer
John Gould   Mixing Programmer
Rodney Price   Composer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Ned Douglas   Programming
Wayne Wilkins   Mixing Programmer
Count   Engineer
Tkae Mendez   Engineer

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