Reviews for the band’s new video for “Settle Down” video are pouring in now and it seems like, as with the single, it’s getting pretty a positive buzz. Most are calling it No Doubt’s return to their roots and are really enjoying that the band is all coming back together. Such raw energy comes out from this video and we think it’s a terrific way to welcome them back.
We will keep adding prominent reviews as they come in!
SPIN — Dekotora, a Japanese trucker subculture that painstakingly converts big rigs into art via a lights, murals, and insanely elaborate interiors, is a welcome jumping-off point for No Doubt’s reunion video. First documented in the ’70s movies Truck Guys, these drivers take something inherently commercial and spend years (and fortunes) to make it both wildly entertaining and aesthetically rich. That’s what No Doubt and Gwen Stefani, at their best, have done since breaking out with 1995’s Tragic Kingdom, coloring their Blondie-platinum pop-rock with shades of ska, reggae, synth-pop, hip-hop, and, yes, Japanese subcultures, specifically the fashions of Harajuku.
“Settle Down,” the dancehall-inflected six-minute advance single from No Doubt’s first album in 11 years, strikes a natural-sounding and effective balance between picking up where the Southern California group left off â€” back when Napster had just merged with Rhapsody! â€” and competing in the current media moment’s relative Wild West, where Santigold, M.I.A., and Rihanna can all thrive in their own ways. The video, which premiered last night, extends this precise equipoise, as the various No Doubt members each drive their own Dekotora-decked-out trucks (the lyric “Do you copy?” makes more sense when pronounced into a CB radio) to what turns out to be a fantastic outdoor dance party. Stefani shows her Harajuku obsession isn’t her only similarity to clear spiritual heir Nicki Minaj, putting on lipgloss and popping some crazy eyes at the camera that could start an epic staring contest with a certain Roman Zolanski.
Directed by Sophie Muller, who has previously helmed some of the band’s best videos, the well-executed clip feels like a homecoming of sorts, as the band members embrace each other, and Stefani struts around in those kinds of tank tops she once made her signature. But it also, in a way that Stefani’s most recent solo album â€” and, frankly, most new music by ’90s standbys â€” does not, looks remarkably of the moment. The kids in Cali still say “hella,” right? Any settling down here is done gracefully, and, like those trucks, shows years of craft and forethought.
Rolling Stone — It’s been more than a decade since No Doubt last released an album, but that all changes when Push and Shove drops September 25th. If you can’t wait until then, check out the new video for the first single, “Settle Down.” In it the members of No Doubt reassemble in the form of a trucking convoy, which meets up to perform the bouncing new cut in the parking lot of the coolest, most rocking truck stop you never stopped at on your family road trips.
Be sure to check out our interview with director Sophie Muller, who explained: “I think (bassist Tony Kanal) came up with the idea that we should do something with trucks . . . The idea is they are all driving to meet after having had their separate lives over the last 10 years.”
MTV — No Doubt are back and they sound hella good. Watching the SoCal band’s latest entry into the world of music videos, the colorful clip for the Diplo-produced “Settle Down,” it’s clear that the ska-infused quartet just doesn’t age. They also haven’t lost the spunk that made them global superstars after the release of 1995’s Tragic Kingdom.
Leading lady Gwen Stefani has just as much blond ambition as she did when the band stormed the charts almost two decades ago, and her bandmates â€” still rocking the bleached Mohawks â€” feed off that energy in the upbeat “Settle Down” video.
It’s the first visual off their upcoming September release, Push and Shove, but the group pays homage to their past as a foursome as well as Stefani’s chart-topping solo career with a few key references. Read on to see what we spotted!
On the Road Again
They say everything old is new again, and the beginning of the “Settle Down” clip reminds us of the set-up for their 1999 video for “New.” The concept for both videos is simple: Each member of the band is driving a custom vehicle to a party.
Like Clockwork: Orange
Tony Kanal eats an orange at the top of the video. But eagle-eyed No Doubt fans know that the orange is not only a tribute to the band’s Orange County hometown in Anaheim, California, it’s also the same piece of fruit that Ms. Stefani holds on the cover of their breakthrough Tragic Kingdom album.
Gwen’s Just a Girl
Always a fashion innovator and rule-breaker, Stefani wears her bra straps out and proud in this latest video. She teams the look with a tank top and punk-rock-inspired pants that recall the Gwen of the ’90s, when she was more ska-loving tomboy than Hollywood fashionista.
Hooray for Harajuku!
Even eight years after she dropped her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Stefani hasn’t put her Harajuku girls on the unemployment line. Having the ladies in the new clip helps bridge the time Gwen spent without the boys and her reunion with them this year.
The band once again enlisted longtime director Sophie Muller to helm this clip. Muller has collaborated with ND on such iconic visuals as “Hey You,” “Simple Kind of Life” and “Underneath It All,” to name a few. She first worked with the band on their memorable 1996 video for “Don’t Speak,” which addressed the rumored disdain the guys felt for Stefani and her rising fame. Having Muller direct this video is a full-circle moment as the band reunites for their first new album in more than a decade.
Hollywood Reporter — â€œThe video is chock full of colorful visuals, wild fashion and outrageous antics, with Stefani jumping, kicking, partying and applying lipgloss (she is a Lâ€™Oreal spokesmodel, after all.)â€
Huffington Post — â€œThe reunion that happens a minute and a half in is particularly memorable, as Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young â€” together with their touring trumpeter Stephen Bradley and trombonist Gabrial McNair â€” are happily reunited. Itâ€™s a heartwarming moment that will make even the toughest rockers get a little verklempt.â€