Originally released in 1992, No Doubt's self-titled album was a commercial failure. For one thing, grunge ruled at the time of the drop, and the LP's upbeat ska-punk sound didn't translate well to people ensnared in the anxiety & angst-driven Pacific Northwest sound. Listening to the LP 25 years after its initial release, however, definitely gives new perspective to the work. Although not as raw as The Beacon Street Collection or as polished/radio friendly as Tragic Kingdom, (obviously), the youthful energy captured in No Doubt is a refreshing alternative to the band's later sound, which put it on the global pop culture map, and the fun 14-tracker, which channels the ska and new wave influences in the most direct form in comparison to later works, is full of charmers like "Trapped In A Box," "Let's Get Back," "Ache," "Sometimes," "Move On," and "Sad For Me." This is the first-ever vinyl pressing of the record, and it'll be pressed on high-quality 180g vinyl.
- first time on vinyl
- 180g pressing
- music label: Interscope Records 1992 / 2017
reviewed by nakaveli 11/2017