Checking In On No Doubt’s Much-Delayed Sixth Album

By Zachary Swickey

It’s been three years since No Doubt “reunited” and announced their plans to get back in the studio and finally make the follow-up album to 2001’s Rock Steady (arguably their most ambitious record). A lot has happened to the group in those three years, including kids and marriages, which helps explain the slow progress. So here’s what we do know…

The most recent detail we have on the sixth album is that the group has teamed up with Major Lazer, the producing, recording, DJing machine made up of dubstep badasses Diplo and Switch, who have worked with the likes of M.I.A. and Beyonce. No Doubt posted a pic on Twitter of them hanging out with the super producers in the studio as they progress on the new track “Push and Shove.”

In a June 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, ND said the effort was only about two months away from completion. So what’s taken over three years? For starters, Gwen Stefani was pregnant when the group reunited and had a hard time writing music while awaiting her second taste of motherhood. So the group packed up their things and hit the road for a wildly successful tour that grossed over $34 million after venturing on 57 dates. Not bad, eh?

In November 2009, after Stefani gave birth to her adorable lil Zuma, No Doubt eventually reconvened in bassist Tony Kanal’s personal studio in Hollywood. They spent the majority of 2010 writing and carefully polishing the nine songs they had come up with. Then, earlier this year, the group transitioned to the Santa Monica studio of producer Mark “Spike” Stent, who has worked with legends like Madonna and Depeche Mode, to officially begin tracking the effort. Reported track titles include the ska-soaked “One More Summer” and “Settle Down,” which Rolling Stone describes as a party-ready reggae tune showcasing Stefani’s toasting abilities (sounds like a perfect No Doubt jam to me).

Stefani, by the way, has said she is walking away from her solo career. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she firmly stated, “That was a moment in time. It went on a little longer than we all thought it would.” So rest assured, we won’t get blindsided with another album delay due to a new solo disc.

Are you looking forward to No Doubt’s new album? Let us know in the comments.