Listen: No Doubt releases new single, 'Settle Down'
July 16th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Listen: No Doubt releases new single, 'Settle Down'

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."

No Doubt's album "Push and Shove," their first record in 11 years, is slated to arrive September 25.

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  1. mandy

    lost me at the lip gloss plug. cheesy. sounds nothing like the nd i remember. the dudes look stupid in eyeliner in their 40s.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Korsun

      a track without history already before the launch. really surprised that Jimmy is still willing to pay for their lavish videos

      July 24, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. me

    the chorus sounds like paris hilton stars are blind

    July 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trisha

    I'm just watching this & is it just me or does Gwen really need to eat something? She's look very unhealthy.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlotte

    Have luved NO DOUBT for many years.
    Disappointed with the typical POP MUSIC your hear on teeny boppers radio stations.
    Missing the eccletic edge they once had. Motherhood has toned her down with bubble gum music.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. ET

    I have loved No Doubt my whole life and was so excited to hear they were going to come up with a new album but this song is not at all what i expected...i thought they were going to stick more to their rock/ska sound but instead they went onto raggae... I don't know how to feel about this. I am kind of disappointed. Just hope the album is better.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. palintwit

    Replace Gwen Stefani with Bristol Palin and you'll have a supergroup.

    July 17, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. MB

    Wow...that sounds nothing like the original No Doubt. Sounds more like house music than ska.

    July 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Canopy


    July 17, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. ph

    Gwen is over. Lost that mean and lean look AND edgy sound.
    Hang it up and have another donut!

    July 17, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • daisy

      AGREED!!! She looks like she had to stay in a certain look to make her contract with Loreal happy

      July 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jdurand

    What is "aughts" in the context used in this article?

    July 17, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • atxformfactor

      70's = seventies
      80's = eighties
      90's = nineties
      00's = aughts

      July 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kink

    got it

    July 17, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      ok, but phonetically, how does that translate? That doesn't sound like 0 0 to me....

      July 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ankles

    for us the song was great....

    July 17, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kankles

    Doubt it.

    July 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. no doubt

    i thought the song was great.

    July 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Richard

    gwen is georgous...see you at the tour honey

    July 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. schlong expert

    hey can't wait for no doubt..gwen still looks awsome

    July 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. devito

    love no doubt will be there when they head to tour.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |

    great song can't wait for tour.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mar

    I am so disappointed.I have waited ages for this and it's not good. Rihanna Lite. How did this take them so long? I hope the album has better tracks.

    July 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. m

    luv this band also.

    July 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Spartacus

    I love this band and I absolutely love their drummer and Gwen...BUT, IMHO, this is not anything else other than a run of the mill ordinary reggae some, sorry, it;s just not that good or catchy, and to me sounds kinda, well, "sucky" !

    I expected a Lot more from them and Lot more Rockin' Out type music from them as well.

    "Hello Good" was a special song that in retrospect makes me feel like this band just phoned it in for the money cause they could!!

    I am not seeing any effort here...sorry !!!

    Just another run of the mill boring monotonous song !!!

    Like I said I expect a Lot more Motion and Movement and a Lot more orignality and effort...seriously, I expected so much more and am so disappointed in that song, it just is NOT very good at all !!!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mandy

      I agree, especially since they had 10 years to plan it/work on it. With the product placement, it sure just looks like "hey let's make some money while people still remember us" It was cute back when I was 16 because they were young. Now it seems kinda sad to see some 40 year olds in eyeliner and punk clothes rocking out. I feel like I just walked in on my mom or something. I'm 32 btw.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Richard Fore

    This is gleetastic. And gaaaaay.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Frances

    So excited! Can't wait to hear their new album!

    July 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |

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