The First Track On The No Doubt Comeback Album Is Six Minutes Long

Just what elements make up the radio-averse running time of leadoff song “Settle Down”?

0:00-0:45 — Got some weird things happening here. Lots of zig-zaggy strings and tinkly percussion, like a more playful set of orchestral warmups. Deliberately vague as to where this band’s resurrection might take us.

0:46-1:32 — Classic, bouncy ska-pop beat kicks in, assuming ska-pop is a thing. Gwen does a verse with a modicum of sass to it.

1:33-1:51 — Big lift, almost like a chorus but then what the hell, fakeout.

1:52-2:01 — Okay, I think that was the chorus? I mean, it’s where she says the title of the song. But it seems awful short.

2:02-2:39 — Same thing as 0:46-1:32.

2:49-3:05 — Same thing as 1:52-2:01.

3:06-3:24 — Oh god: minor-key Middle Eastern flourish and now we are off in some weird-ass bridge that winds around until …

3:25-3:43 — Gwen chants “I’m a rough-and-tough / I’m a rough-and-tough / And nothing’s gonna knock this girl down” for a while.

3:44-4:16 — See 1:33-1:51.

4:17-4:45 — A very long version of 1:52-2:01.

4:46-6:01 — Wait, it’s still going … sort of echoing … threatening to end … but doesn’t. Ah, there we go. I’m off to the DMV; pretty sure my license expired sometime in the middle of that.

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