July 16th, 2012
01:56 PM ET
As promised, No Doubt has made a long-awaited return to music Monday with the release of a new track, "Settle Down."
The six-minute, uptempo song is the lead single from their upcoming album "Push and Shove," and a video for the tune will debut tonight at 8 p.m. ET on E!.
If recent reviews are any indication, No Doubt has pushed out another hit. The catchy single will sound pleasingly familiar to fans, critics say, as it draws on the sound that made the band famous.
Fans "will be happy to see that the band looks pretty much as if the aughts never happened - they’ve hardly aged! they dress the same! - and, better yet, that they haven’t tried to mess with their signature sound," Time magazine said.
MTV concurs that the single 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," specifically the group's "signature ska sound."
Billboard, too, wasn't surprised to hear singer Gwen Stefani's "pitch-perfect howls ... layered over horns and pulsating drum beats as 'Settle Down' quickly finds a reggae groove and sticks with it for six minutes."
The music video for "Settle Down" was directed by Sophie Muller, who previously helmed video projects for No Doubt's singles "Don't Speak" and "Simple Kind of Life."
The clip for the song will show the No Doubt members as truck drivers headed to a reunion celebration, Muller told Rolling Stone, and will have a party vibe, although the lyrics don't exactly have that tone.
"Lyrically it’s not really a party song," Muller told RS. "It’s got a real emotional desire to get through something. You have a combination of this party feel with her struggle to be able to express herself."
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