Nice seeing No Doubt back on the scene, but now that they’re back, I’m reminded what I never liked about them.
Very white people playing pseudo ska/reggae for party pop music. AKA their latest single.
They are a dope pop punk group, but they very rarely get the ska/reggae groove down.
If you don’t lock down the authenticity of the music + water what you think you have down for a pop context = you arereducing the genre to novelty.
Simple. When No Doubt works hard to get it, it’s great. Sometimes the come across a correct baseline by accident.
There’s more to it than speaking words with a weird accent, saying “Eh!”, and cheap “calypso” rhythm.
I will check the album out though, because sometimes they get it. They are a solid rock group and can write great ballads. I’m a No Doubt fan- when they stay away from the pseudo-reggae/ska. “Underneath It All” is great. I love it- and it comes damn close.
But I will forever hate Americanized Ska. I feel violated every time I hear them punk out a ska riddim. Just a personal tick. At least I know the skinheads and bluebeat cats cross the pond are rabid students of the craft.
I missed No Doubt, but not the mixed feelings. lol