Rock Steady

Release date
3 Dec 2002
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 0:27 2,336
2 Hella Good 4:03 347,841
3 Hey Baby 3:27 270,829
4 Making Out 4:14 80,405
5 Underneath It All 5:02 273,306
6 Detective 2:53 70,900
7 Don't Let Me Down 4:09 71,373
8 Start the Fire 4:11 64,710
9 Running 4:00 188,332
10 In My Head 3:26 72,115
11 Platinum Blonde Life 3:27 68,153
12 Waiting Room 4:28 57,894
13 Rock Steady 5:22 66,549
1 Underneath It All (Acoustic Live - German Radio) 3:47 1,048
2 Just A Girl (Acoustic Live - German Radio) 3:37 1,069

About this album

Rock Steady is the fifth album by American rock band No Doubt, released December 11, 2001 on Interscope Records. The band began writing the album with initial recording sessions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The group then traveled to London and Jamaica to work with various performers, songwriters, and producers. Sly & Robbie, The Neptunes, and William Orbit were among the many artists No Doubt collaborated with on the album.

As a result of the many collaborations, Rock Steady touches on many musical styles. The album focuses on the ska punk and reggae influences present in the band’s earlier work while incorporating dub, ragga, and dance styles. The band attempted to capture the vibe of Jamaican dancehall music, and experimented with writing songs without its standard instrumentation. Singer Gwen Stefani wrote her lyrics quickly in comparison to previous records, and dealt with topics ranging from partying to ruminations on her relationship with Gavin Rossdale.

Rock Steady received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics, and it was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 45th Grammy Awards. The album served as a commercial comeback for the band, surpassing sales of its previous offering, Return of Saturn (2000). Rock Steady yielded four singles, two of which won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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  • secondbench

    I love ''in my head'' :)

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    You're (wrongly) singling out the album's most commercial tracks as if they're completely inferior and impede on others or simply don't belong there. Even the more emotionally charged songs like Running and Waiting Room have an air of simplicity about them... Rock Steady is all about Gwen mixing pillow talk and ROS apprehension/self-consciousness with hip producers/club sounds and running with her growing reputation as an adventurous SoCal diva with a commercial streak. Sometimes one or two ingredients are left out - that's all. It was an exciting era for Gwen - Rock Steady is a synthesis of the many developments that were taking place in her life at the time. ROS was more measured and soul-searching. Whether you like some of its experiments or not, Rock Steady largely works well. Also, the dancehall/ragga influences and elements of electronica shouldn't be written off as gimmicky - especially if you know the band's history and the amount of material they recorded between '99 and '01.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Hella Good is a great dance-pop song. If you don't like it, fair enough but "slapped together in ten minutes" is over-the-top, especially considering how layered the song is when you bring all of its components together. I mean what do you want - a fucking guitar solo and grandiose lyrics?! Rock Steady is a frivolous pop album first and foremost... As for Start The Fire, the bagpipe does sound a bit out of place at first admittedly but I think it works very well with the dub-flavored outro - it's different and actually sounds quite anthemic. The drum fill at the start evokes an almost military, marching band set-up and I think that's what the bagpipe is supposed to supplant over the course of the song. Also the lyrics: The army of words in me, silent the soldier weeps...

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    (Dancehall is also homophobic as fuck way the fuck too much so fuck it, but I didn't mention that because it doesn't apply to Start the Fire.)

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Calling Start the Fire "brilliant" is a great way to signal that I shouldn't take you seriously.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Start the Fire is a terrible combination of cheap, lazy dancehall with cheesy synths and SYNTH FUCKING BAGPIPES. WHY ARE THERE SYNTH BAGPIPES IN IT. And the production is terrible and the lyrics are dumb. But above all, yes, dancehall is boring. If that's the Neptunes at their 2000s peak, fuck, I can't imagine how much they fucking suck now.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Gahbs_

    The intro is so god damn gooddd

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    v indeed. What's bizarre about Start The Fire? Is it because it's dancehall or something? Hella Good is fantastic - The Neptunes at their early '00s peak...

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MarcosSena

    v don't say a word against start the fire, it is brilliant

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Also, seriously, In My Head? The song with the cheapo drum machine, cheap cheesy synthbloops and the bad main riff? On the same level as Platinum Blonde Life and Waiting Room?

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Gwen's solo career has nowhere near anything as good as Don't Let Me Down, Platinum Blonde Life, Waiting Room and Rock Steady. Her initial impulse that it was a bad idea was correct. She doesn't really work as well without Tom, Tony and Adrian. But seriously, Hella Good, mind-blowing? It sounds like they worked on it for ten minutes then hit a brick wall and decided, yeah, let's just repeat the thing for four minutes instead of putting more ideas into it. Though it's nowhere NEAR as bizarre and WTF as Start the Fire, or offensively lazy as Hey Baby.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    They should've just produced the album with Ric Ocasek and Prince, since they're responsible for the best songs on it.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ultimatedhani

    I couldn't care less about a couple of tracks in the second half BUT Hella Good, Making Out, Underneath It All, In My Head, Platinum Blonde Life, Waiting Room and Rock Steady are all mind-blowing and I won't hear a word against them

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • RenlyTyrell

    v Yes.

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    This is a very strong album. Are people just moaning because it's poppy?

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mota_boy_punky

    I forget sometimes how they ruined no doubt before she went solo. I usually hear this stuff and think its her solo work. Which it should have been. [2] I thought it was their worst, but then Push And Shove came out...

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MarcosSena

    I LOVE this! Waiting Room and Rock Steady are perfect in every way

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Hansori

    The best!

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheOnlyRoc

    I forget sometimes how they ruined no doubt before she went solo. I usually hear this stuff and think its her solo work. Which it should have been.

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JOhnDOOr

    Why the most people say this is their worst album? I think, it's pretty amazing, every song is so well-produced and catchy. Yes, it isn't the same as their older stuff, but you know, it's about re-inventing and trying something new.

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
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