ARTIST: No Doubt
TITLE: No Doubt
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Trapped in a Box
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: There are none
LINEUP: Gwen Stefani, Eric Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, Eric Carpenter, Don Hammerstedt, Alex Henderson
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A for-the-most-part pure ska record that was ignored by almost everyone, even in the ska community.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When this album crept out in 1992, a ska revival wasn’t mainstream, and angry young dudes dominated radio. So this record featuring mostly ska with pop and punk influences was released, no one except diehard fans bought it.
Gwen Stefani’s brother Eric is the main musical engine behind the early No Doubt. He wrote or co-wrote all of the songs and was the arranger and musical mind. The record is rather all over the place, and even in some songs there are dramatic shifts in style and tone.
It’s not really remarkable, except for Gwen’s vocals. Even without the best material, or arrangements, she stands out from the rest of the group. But her strong presence can’t really overcome some of the mediocrity. However, songs like “Big City Train” and “Let’s Get Back” show the real potential of the band.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This record sold 30,000, and Interscope didn’t pay for a video or a tour.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE B-: Some good moments, and some meh moments. If you slept on them in 1992, don’t worry – they really didn’t warrant attention.