The Singles 1992 - 2003

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
The Singles 1992 - 2003 Music Poster Image
The overall effect is clean, simple fun.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mostly innocuous, with an occasional refreshing "girl power" moment.

Violence

There's no violence on this CD.

Sex

A lot of relationship angst and some flirting, but no explicit sex.

Language

Clean as a whistle.

Consumerism

No obvious commercial tie-ins or references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No obvious references.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Another collection of singles

Well singles can be good. The Beatles 1 by the Beatles and International Superhits by Green Day were good, but I never liked No Doubt's music and never wil... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 12, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written bydaphnedue2be March 30, 2009

This is all wrong...

First of all just a girl is about gwen having to many friends who are boys. And she said it herself, she accidently made a song about girl power, but she didnt... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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