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I am giving this collection 5 stars, not because of it's originality, as it does not contain a new single as the original release did, but because, at 7 dollars, the value is incredible. 15 hit songs for 7 dollars...you can't get that on iTunes!
Re-packaged in a nifty new jewel case featuring 2 previously unreleased photos, and a color scheme that matches the band's most recent tour merchandise, this collection is a must for No Doubt's die-hard fans as well as a perfect introduction for new fans!
With the anticipated new No DOubt album promised for 2011, now is the perfect time to buy this 'refresher' album and remind yourself why you love this band!
Remember around 1996 and 1997, the period of the great third wave ska revival? All these southern California bands that were aping two-tone bands from the eighties - like Reel Big Fish and Save Ferris? Like most trends, it was over pretty fast. But it was also the breakthrough of "Tragic Kingdom" by No Doubt. And while the ska influenced pop of "Spiderwebs" and "Just A Girl" may have been the initial attention getters, it was the ballad that took them to the top of the charts. "Don't Speak" was a perfect slice of teenage heartbreak and sounded sweet on the radio. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting them to go much farther after that.
Was I wrong there! While I have yet to really enjoy any of No Doubt's full length albums, their singles were guilty pleasures on the radio. So while the other one hit wonders from the same period faded away, it was No Doubt that continued to grow and create. In many ways, Gwen Stefani reminds me a lot of that other great girl rock band icon, Debbie Harry. Where No Doubt is undoubtedly a band (like Blondie), it is their front person on whom the attention is primarily focused. And like Blondie, No Doubt kept their punky ethos intact while exploring other sounds (dancehall, new wave, etc.). It made for such sublime singles like "Hella Good" and the inescapable "Hey Baby."
The inclusion of the newly recorded version of Talk Talk's "It's My Life" is a perfect match for No Doubt. It utilizes the band's melding of sounds to a pouty song that's tailor made for Gwen's voice.Read more ›
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This item showed up on time. Can't complain about that. The item matches the description.Published 20 months ago by Richie K.
I like this cover better than the other release they did years ago.
Most of the songs I heard before execpt running and trapped in a box. Read more
Perfect condition, the CD was in awesome shape and nothing was damaged within the case. totally worth my money. love!Published on March 31, 2013 by C.G.
How many times do the labels expect us to keep buying the same songs over and over again? They herald this as the "new " No Doubt cd. That it ain't. Come on now.Published on November 14, 2010 by Thomas J. Theurer Jr.