For fans of the 90s, this week was a hella rad week for music. Not only did Green Day release its new midtempo jam “Oh Love,” but pop-ska rockers No Doubt returned to their roots with “Settle Down,” their first single in nearly a decade.
But not everyone was feeling blissfully nostalgic. “‘Oh Love‘ is signature Green Day,” wrote Troy Farah of Phoenix New Times, “Trivial, drooling infatuation with just a tinge of self-destruction.”
Gwen Stefani and her SoCal boys weren’t faring much better. Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz felt like the band was simply working too hard. “The difference between ‘Settle Down‘ and No Doubt hits like ‘Hey Baby’ and ‘Hella Good’ is how hard the group has to work on their new cut: melodies are snipped while others are shoehorned into place, and Stefani’s lyrical conversation with herself sounds more exhaustively constructed than effortless,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, although Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight Rises” boasts an impressive 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, that didn’t stop some critics from playing devil’s advocate. However, going against the grain resulted in more than a few death threats from angry fanboys for movie critic Marshall Fine. In the aftermath of the horrifying mass shooting at a “Dark Knight Rises” midnight showing in Aurora, Co., Fine reflected on the unsettling attention he had received. (For more details on the terrifying events that left 12 people dead and tens more injured, please see our coverage of the incident.)
This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Culture on HuffingtonPost.com.