We’ve been monitoring the reviews coming in for the new single and they all seem very positive — everyone is loving it. Not only No Doubt fans, but critics and music lovers. It’s climbing on the iTunes charts (currently at #23) and the radio is playing it like crazy. The reviews will be coming through out the day and we’ll keep updating our post with the latest!
LA Times — Which brings us to “Settle Down,” the first single from “Push and Shove”: It’s totally hot. A big, banging track that harnesses global rhythms courtesy of producer Diplo (best known for his work with M.I.A., Major Lazer and Beyonce), it shows No Doubt following a path they’ve traversed their entire career: tapping into Latin and Caribbean-tinged beats, merging them with American pop and rock music, and accenting them with that No Doubt-ian accent.
It’s a song made for summer in the Southland: big beats designed to pop out of sunroofs and rolled-down windows, to rumble the nuts and bolts of Impalas across Orange County and down Hollywood Boulevard.
Welcome back, indeed.
Pop Crush — 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
After more than a decade-long wait, new No Doubt music is finally upon us in the form of â€˜Settle Down,â€™ the first single from â€˜Push and Shoveâ€™ which drops Sept. 25. So how have Gwen Stefani and the boys fared? Is their reggae-heavy, dancehall mojo still in full effect?
It sure is. Stefaniâ€™s detour as a â€˜Hollaback Girlâ€™ (aka her solo career, which did yield a few smash hits) hasnâ€™t deterred her from what she does best with her No Doubt bandmates â€” and thatâ€™s sunny, reggae-influenced dance jams that go down easy and are fun to listen to.
The verses are reggae heavy, from the horns to Stefaniâ€™s accented delivery. The Jamaican-inspired choruses are more addictive than any drug you can think of. From the sounds of this, youâ€™d be more apt to believe Stefani and co. are from the islands, as opposed to So Cal.
When Stefani sings, â€œGet in line and settle down,â€ in a choppy, island girl cadence, with help from background vocalists in the bridge, youâ€™re compelled to dance and bust a move. Itâ€™s easily the catchiest part of the song.
The song also has the PMA (positive mental attitude) that is specific to the reggae genre when she sings, â€œIâ€™m fine (and nothingâ€™s gonna knock this girl down) / Iâ€™m feeling positive for real, Iâ€™m all good no / Iâ€™m fine (And nothingâ€™s gonna knock this girl down) / Itâ€™s gotten complicated thatâ€™s for sure.â€ She sings about her confidence and about feeling good, yet there is also some vulnerability.
When she sings â€œBut you can see it my eyes, you can read on my lips / Iâ€™m trying to get a hold on this / And I really mean it this time /And you know itâ€™s such a trip / Donâ€™t get me started / Iâ€™m trying to get a hold on this,â€ we are left to assume that Stefani is singing about her desire to finally make a commitment. Sheâ€™s ready, willing and able. She just wants her man to be patient and â€œsettle down.â€
Those words and that sentiment are a prime example of our gal Gwen making her words easy-to-relate to among her scores of fans.
If this song doesnâ€™t inspire you to dance, or to â€œget in line and settle down,â€ not much else can.
Billboard — It’s been almost ten years since No Doubt’s last single, but the band shows no signs of aging on its newest, dancehall-infused pop song, “Settle Down.”
Unsurprisingly, Gwen Stefani’s pitch-perfect howls are layered over horns and pulsating drum beats as “Settle Down” quickly finds a reggae groove and sticks with it for six minutes. The Major Lazer-produced track sounds fresh and progressive, without ever losing that trademark No Doubt snarl.
Time — No Doubt, the ska band whose music provided the soundtrack to much of the â€™90s, has just released â€œSettle Down,â€ the first single from their upcoming album Push and Shove. When the album is released in September, it will be their first new material since 2001â€²s Rock Steady. No Doubt fans will be pleased to see that the band looks pretty much as if the aughts never happenedâ€”theyâ€™ve hardly aged! they dress the same!â€”and, better yet, that they havenâ€™t tried to mess with their signature sound.
After a melancholy introduction, â€œSettle Downâ€ launches into the reggae beats, Gwen-Stefani-drawled rhymes and sing-along-friendly chorus that listeners will recognize from favorite No Doubt songs like â€œJust a Girlâ€ and â€œSpiderwebs.â€ And, among all the CB-radio talk (â€œWhatâ€™s your 10-4?â€), you can even hear a â€œhellaâ€ if you listen closely.
Sophie Muller, who directed the singleâ€™s music videoâ€”which will premiere tonight at 8:00 EDT on E!â€”told Rolling Stone that the videoâ€™s truck-stop theme is also a nod to the bandâ€™s prolonged absence from the music scene: â€The idea is they are all driving to meet after having had their separate lives over the last 10 years,â€ she said.
MTV — No Doubt are back and partying like they never left. That’s the big takeaway from “Settle Down,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, Push and Shove. Packed with reggae beats, steel drums and Gwen Stefani’s unmistakable voice, the song is a showcase for the island sound the band pursued on their last studio album, 2001’s Rock Steady.
The six-minute track begins with a lengthy string arrangement before the beat kicks in and Stefani arrives to tell us to “Get in line, and settle down.”
“Settle Down” is classic No Doubt and sticks closely to the formula that made the band one of the biggest of the late ’90s and early aughts. They are again working with the signature ska sound they pioneered, and lyrically, the song plays right into the tough-girl posturing Stefani has delivered both with the band and, more recently, as a solo act.
“I’m fine (and nothing’s gonna knock this girl down)/ I’m hella positive for real, I’m all good,” Stefani sings. “I’m fine (and nothing’s gonna knock this girl down)/ It’s gotten complicated that’s for sure.”
She goes on to assert, “I’m a rough and tough, I’m a rough and tough/ And nothing’s gonna knock this girl down.”
The song’s catchy, sing-along chorus is reminiscent of ND’s biggest earworm singles (think “Spiderwebs”), and Stefani is as lively and distinct as ever on her tight vocal.
There’s, well, no doubt this summery, feel-good track is bound to make just the splash the returning band is looking to make ahead of the September 25 release of Push and Shove, their first record in 11 years.