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“Settle Down,” No Doubt

No Doubt’s sound has evolved significantly over the years—from ska to new wave to electro-tinged pop, but it’s always been unmistakable. The band’s first single in nine years, “Settle Down,” hit the Internet this week with the video premiering on E! Monday night. The song, from No Doubt’s highly anticipated sixth album, Push and Shove, finds the band in familiar territory—melding reggae and pop in a way that definitely points to Gwen Stefani and co.’s shared musical bloodline with artists like Santigold.

Their sound was so very particular to the mid-to-late 90s—and Stefani’s solo work so radically different from her band’s—that you have to wonder what No Doubt has to contribute to the pop landscape of 2012. But rather than attempt some kind of full fledged reinvention, No Doubt—like Garbage—seems to have opted to stick with what they do best. It remains to be seen whether that will appeal to anyone other than the loyal fans who’ve had almost a decade to consider other options.

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