Rock Steady

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Hits are great; some lyrics have double meanings.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Themes of depression ("I'm gonna sleep all through the day/I'm gonna sleep my life away") and infidelity ("Hey girl, save the liar/Can't you see his pants on fire?," "I'm gonna snoop and call you out/I caught you, your hands are red," and "Oh, I can't believe that you're still around/Almost forgot how you let me down").


Subtle sexual connotations peppered throughout: "You got me feeling hella good/So let's just keep on dancing," "Cause I'm in the mood come on and give it up," "You give me the most gorgeous sleep that I've ever had," and "You know you need to be my lover." There's also a message about using sex to fix a fight on "Start the Fire" ("Now let's spend the morning sweetly/Get over here and complete me").

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Allusions to smoking pot ("Cottonmouth and all lit up" and "Go on and get the lighter/We're gonna need some fire/Let's get a little higher").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an upbeat collection of songs mostly about boys, and the ups and downs of liking them, or one in particular -- and it could be the wrong one. The lyrics aren't sexually explicit, but some of them are loaded with double meanings. On "Hella Good," for example, when Stefani wants to "keep on dancing," is she talking about dancing or something else? The lyrics cover long-distance love ("Making Out"), jealousy ("In My Head"), loving a bad boy ("Underneath It All"), giving the bad boy a second chance ("Don't Let Me Down"), and groupie backstage action ("Hey Baby").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywinningloser712 November 15, 2008

pretty great cd

there isnt very much bad stuff on it it is mostly up-beat and love songs
Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 December 3, 2009


My favorite No Doubt album. :D
Teen, 13 years old Written bydaphnedue2be April 9, 2008

No Doubt is a good band for kids 10 and up

Gwen Stefani is a very good role model, she is probably the most well put together celebrity of all. This album has some subjects that are inapropriate but prob... Continue reading

What's the story?

Kids more familiar with the stuff on Gwen Stefani's solo release, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., will find a lot to like on ROCK STEADY, an album chock-full of catchy crowd-pleasers that take you from new wave to disco to dancehall. While it's quite a departure from the band's earlier work, their signature sound hasn't disappeared completely. "Making Out" and "Hella Good" are all about the funky disco beats, but "Underneath it All" feels like old-school No Doubt. Part of the album was recorded in Jamaica, and many of the tracks have a beachy breeziness, especially the reggae-influenced "In My Head" and the title track.

Is it any good?

At times Rock Steady seems to be all over the musical map, perhaps a side effect of the all-star cast that contributed to the collection: Prince on "Waiting Room," where his input couldn't be more apparent, and "Don't Let Me Down," co-produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek, which seems to take you back to 1985. The only ballad on this mostly bouncy album is "Running," an ode to making a relationship work, and one in which Stefani's vocals shine. It's hard not to like No Doubt and our homegirl Stefani: She's spunky, sassy, stylish, and has a great voice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what teens are thinking about: What's okay to put up with in a romantic relationship and what isn't? When is it healthier to walk away? How can you tell when you're ready for something hot and heavy? How do you deal with someone you're really into being unfaithful, or not calling you when he/she promised, or not liking you as much as you like him/her? Families can also discuss whether or not Gwen Stefani is a good role model for women. How are the lyrics in this album different from No Doubt's more introspective previous album, Return of Saturn? How has Stefani's style and music changed since she got married, had a baby, and released her first solo album?

Music details

  • Artist: No Doubt
  • Release date: December 11, 2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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