Eleven years, some solo albums and a couple of babies since No Doubt's last record, Gwen Stefani has finally delivered on her promise to return to her former stomping grounds. No Doubt have always been musical chameleons, blending ska, reggae and 80s dance-pop into their signature sound, but thankfully they've resisted the urge to go the Korn route and fully embrace EDM.
Though it tries on a variety of popular styles - New Order synth-rock, acoustic ballads, anthemic arena rock - Push And Shove is unabashedly pop, and bows to the band's most obvious weapon: Stefani. Still charismatic, quirky and iconic into her 40s, the singer grounds whatever style the band takes on with a trademark confident and longing delivery. (She's impossible to confuse with anyone else.) Even the album's most 2012 song, the Major Lazer-assisted title track, sounds like modern production catching up to No Doubt, and not vice versa.
Top track: Settle Down