- Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
- Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition, Special Edition
- Label: Interscope
- ASIN: B00004SAWN
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Return Of Saturn Limited Edition, Special Edition
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After No Doubt sold more than 10 million copies of Tragic Kingdom, riding that wave of success without toppling over must have been a daunting mission. No sweat for No Doubt. The band toiled as national unknowns with a loyal local following for a decade before that album's release, and during that time the band members were learning how to be better songwriters and musicians. The follow-up, Return of Saturn, glides along that continuum of songcraft perfection. The band presents a cleaner, less apologist representation of their influences. They pull off some of the more difficult maneuvers of pure reggae, ground-pounding ska, and Cars-esque New Wave. Gwen Stefani, the fearless Orange County princess, belts a powerful pout, her Mae West-meets-Siouxsie Sioux vocal bravado the bungee cord that springs in between the band's retro tendencies and SoCal pop-punk attitude. It seems believable that she could stamp her foot and always get her way, but her self-deprecating confessions evade brattiness. Songs like "Bathwater" and "Ex-Girlfriend" reveal the singer's vulnerability to being hurt or dumped on, and the band's sense of humor and exploration (albeit firmly controlled) matches the songs' sentiments. This group is growing out and tightening up, and while the rest of the ska-punk surfer-dude bands do nothing more than repeat history, No Doubt is creating it. --Beth Massa
Top Customer Reviews
My advice for all you people out there, if your itching to purchase it, just be PREPARED. Don't criticize, but be open to their new sound/style. Don't expect an encore presentation of 1995's "Tragic Kingdom". Nevertheless, the album is filled with great tracks that make this one of those albums you won't forget/regret buying.
Basically, it's up to you to decide whether it HAS been worth the wait. In my opinion though, it has.
A few of the songs have already been tapped as potential hits--'Ex-Girlfriend', 'Simple Kind of Life' for example. But don't overlook the rest--'Staring Problem' and 'Bathwater' are great rock-on-with-your-bad-self tunes.
It's so refreshing that in an era of making hits off of hits (a la Puff Daddy, etc.) or making hits off of Angry White Male Syndrome, it is remarkable (and brave) that No Doubt presents this album to the listening public. It's fast and infective, with the coolest lead singer belting out well-thought lyrics to great pop tunes. Thank god for No Doubt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Album arrived in excellent shape. Well packaged. Great album. I would purchase this again.Published 12 months ago by VGer
Return of saturn...is rife with WISTFUL SADNESS...surprisingly downbeat...and contains sprinkles of a SUBTLE ELECTRONICA....and a teenie dash of PSYCHADELICA. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Prof. Plum
Great cd. I enjoyed listening to this again. As far as the actual sound, hmmmm some of the songs needed extras added. Sounded to demo like. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SmartguyH
This album was great and a better album front to back than Tragic Kingdom. Best track on the album is Dark Blue [should have been a single]Published 20 months ago by babadivad
Thanks for the fast delivery, however I got the tragic kingdom cd in the return of Saturn case. I still luv no doubt.....so I'm keeping it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer