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No Doubt

Push and Shove

Interscope Records

File next to: The Killers, Matchbox Twenty

You would be wise to avoid No Doubt's comeback album like the plague. Despite the massive success they enjoyed in the '90s and the first part of the '00s, Push and Shove is a tired, lifeless mess of an album that adds nothing positive to No Doubt's legacy. What it does make you do, though, is hope they make one more record so they don't go out like this. Lead single "Settle Down" is the closest this album gets to approaching the energy and attitude of their previous releases. Between boring '80s pop ("Heaven"), cheesy mid-tempo love songs ("Dreaming the Same Dream") and a track that can only be described as the bastard of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" ("Looking Hot"), the album misfires in so many directions that you lose count very fast. No Doubt's fans deserve better, and frankly, so does the band. — Brian Palmer

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Green Day

¡Uno!

Reprise

File next to: The Clash, Blink-182

The first of three albums coming this fall and winter from Green Day, much of ¡Uno! sounds like a blast from the past. It's not a rock opera like American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown, and it makes no attempt to take the trio's music in any sort of new direction. Instead, it goes back to the garage, Green Day style: punk with enough melody and hooks to touch on pop, plus a healthy sense of rock 'n roll tradition and serious attitude. Great pedal-to-the-metal anthems like "Oh Love" and the sure-to-be-a-concert sing-along "Troublemaker" are paired with a few gentler numbers like the '70s-rooted "Sweet 16." But mostly ¡Uno! is a punk rock record filled with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's stories of outsiders and loners. An entertaining album that's right in the Dookie ballpark, ¡Uno! will undoubtedly hit with Green Day fans. And there are two more installments on the way. — L Kent Wolgamott

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