The ’59 2018 #267: 180924
No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 43 – 2001.
Rock Steady – No Doubt’s fifth studio album – was released on December 11, 2001, by Interscope Records.
The band began writing the album with initial recording sessions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, then traveled to London and Jamaica to work with various performers, songwriters, and producers. Sly & Robbie, The Neptunes, and William Orbit were among the many artists the band collaborated with on it.
As a result of these collaborations, Rock Steady touches on many musical styles, focusing on electropop, dancehall, and new wave. The band attempted to capture the vibe of Jamaican dancehall music, and experimented with writing songs without its standard instrumentation. Singer Gwen Stefani wrote her lyrics quickly in comparison to previous records, and dealt with topics ranging from partying to ruminations on her relationship with Gavin Rossdale.
Rock Steady received mostly positive reviews from critics, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Four singles were released from it, two of which won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Rolling Stone ranked Rock Steady number 316 on its 2003 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.