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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.

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  • I love ''in my head'' :)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • (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.)
  • Calling Start the Fire "brilliant" is a great way to signal that I shouldn't take you seriously.
  • 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.
  • The intro is so god damn gooddd
  • 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...
  • 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?

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