What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even if the members of No Doubt don't have all that much to say, who cares? This collection of 10 years' worth of singles is harmless fun.
What's the story?
\"I'm just a girl -- I'm just a girl in the world -- that's all that you'll let me be.\" The cutesy-pie lyrics of \"Just a Girl\" make a crucial point about the restrictions that can come with being young and female in contemporary American culture: living by others' rules, having to worry about the safety of stepping outside. In its own way, the song packs a pointed wallop. The tunes that follow on NO DOUBT: THE SINGLES 1992 - 2003 are peppy, vapid, harmless, and fun.
Is it any good?
The performances of this "best of" album are nothing short of terrific. Gwen Stefani's unique vocal style is perfectly complemented by her band mates' instrumentals. These songs are beautifully arranged and produced. There's nothing new here for hardcore No Doubt fans (well, there's one cover--but it's not a strong point) but obsessive collectors will want this CD, and it's a wonderful starter kit for new fans. If they don't have a lot to say beyond the usual relationship-angst-ridden musings, so what? It's easy to see why all the songs in this collection were chosen as singles. They're really well done.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about female singers who paved the way for Stefani, like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janice Joplin, Grace Slick, Pat Benatar, and Chrissie Hynde.