Settle Down (Acoustic-Santa Monica Sessions)
How does ska-punk translate in 2012? Don't ask No Doubt; their first album in more than a decade (and sixth overall) is more attuned to the dancefloor than any mosh pit. The O.C. quartet has transformed their loose, punky grooves into crisp club cuts for Push and Shove, so aside from the remnants of reggae and hints of brass on standouts like "Settle Down," "Sparkle" and the Major Lazer-assisted title cut, it's mostly '80s-powered synths rippling through mid-tempo Madonna-esque dance tracks ("Looking Hot," "Gravity," "Heaven"). And if you're wondering, Gwen Stefani is still one badass chick.