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Beacon Street Collection (Reis)

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An album by No Doubt
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Great Energy

  • Feb 24, 2004
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+5
What a pleasant surprise. In checking out No Doubt CD's I was not familiar with any of these songs before listening to this Beacon Street Collection. Upon the first two listens three songs: Open The Gate, Blue In The Face, and By The Way made incredible impressions. Open The Gate is just awesome with emotional singing from Gwen Stefani and super guitar riffs and strong drumming. Not to mention some funky keyboard effects. Blue In The Face and By The Way have captivating jazz oriented hooks. I just love the keyboard touches. Its a shame Eric Stefani is no longer with the band as he really added greatly to No Doubt's sound.

Anyway, many of the other songs are very ear friendly. Stricken has a very captivating horn arrangement in addition to another super Gwen Stefani vocal. Hate 95 is a nice combination of ska and rap. Squeal is a cutesy old time jazz standard. And Doghouse is quite cute. The other tunes have a nice rock n roll edge. Yes this recording is not short in the diversity area.

Yes, this is not the commercial No Doubt sound on Rock Steady. However it is still very ear friendly and bright making it a winner on all accounts.

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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: No Doubt
Release Date: October 21, 1997

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