First Quality Seconds
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 11/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is to No Doubt's credit that an album of their "B" sides, combined with material that didn't make previous albums, could be so good. This is clearly a group overflowing with talent, originality and creativity.
This album rivals "Rock Steady" and "Tragic Kingdom" in intensity, with rocking reggae and ska beats, guaranteed to have you tapping and nodding along from the first listen. Not recommended for your CD drive if you work in a formal office setting, because even with headphones, it'll be painfully obvious what you're up to.
Stand out songs include "New Friend", "Oi to the World", "Full Circle", and the slower "Cellophane Boy", "I Throw My Toys Around" (with Elvis Costello)and the classic title song.
No Doubt's "B" is better than many other's bytes or barks.
Amanda Richards, November 9, 2004"
These B Songs Rate At Least A B Plus
G. J Wiener | Westchester, NY USA | 01/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No Doubt is truly a cutting edge band. This CD of 17 rare tracks are truly worthwhile. The styles vary from edgy new wave rock to dance oriented tracks to soothing reggae to two touching versions of the pretty ballad Everything In Time. Excellent hooks and touching arrangements on both versions as it truly is a CD highlight.
My other preferences include the upbeat Oi To The World, the reggae bopping Beauty Contest, the varying paces of New Friend, and the steady Under Construction. Now there is a mismatch between adjective and song title for you.
Anyway, I can see that in time I could really like nearly all the tunes on this recording. Even the Rock Steady remixes and the New and Approved have their moments.
Not perfect but certainly a B Plus rating at the minimum."
No Doubt gives us Everything, in Time.
Matt Krenz | Lincroft, NJ | 10/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection is a great piece to go along with No Doubt's wildly popular 2003 release of hit singles, The Singles 1992-2003. And contrary to the last review of this item, No Doubt has indeed not broken up.
Everything in Time encompasses all of no doubt's obscurites into a fantastic ride of an album. It all starts out with the 6 B-sides from the Return of Saturn Era, where they were producing so much material that some of it had to be put as b-sides to the album's singles. "Big Distraction" and "Cellophane Boy" are true gems. The actual song "Everything in Time (Los Angeles)" is a mellow, beautiful piece that bares a soulful message. "Everything in Time (Los Angeles)" is also reconnection of writing between the band and Eric Stefani, who left the group to pursue a career in animation in 1995. Out of the Rarites ("Everything in Time (Los Angeles)", "You're So Foxy", "Panic" "New Friend", and "Everything in Time (London")) all of which have never been released, "You're So Foxy" and "New Friend" would have to take the cake for the most fun, wildly imaginative, songs- and the overall standout tracks of the album. Covers of "Oi to the World" by the Vandals, "Sailin' On" by Bad Brains, along with the collaboration of "I Throw My Toys Around" W/ Elvis Costello, also pepper this colorful collection with pure joy and uninhibited fun and flavor. The album ends with a cluster of three remixes, one of the song "New" from the Return of Saturn album , and two of the song "Rock Steady"- all of which prove to be ass shakingly good, along with this entire stellar collection.
Taken from the Everything in Time booklet:
"There are six b-sides and three outtakes from the Return of Saturn recording sessions included in this collection. The band found themselves writing some of the strongest material of their career and, in turn, yielded far too many songs for one record. In an effort to best show the full range of their writing , certain tracks were left behind. Some were eventually released as b-sides. For the band, it was a joy to rediscover these tracks for this collection, many for the first time since the original sessions."
Standout Tracks: "Cellophane Boy", "Big Distraction", "You're so Foxy", "New Friend"
Do yourself a favor and discover this collection."