In the 70s in New York an avant-garde and independent cultural trend of No Wave appeared. It was some kind of a response to New Wave that was popular in that time. Inspired by those guys with their radical views on art, the author attempts to create a local reincarnation of No Wave in contemporary electronic music. This is primarily a revolt, not a familiar pure art aimed at the creation of beauty. It is pretty loud and aggressive music, impregnated with the spirit of freedom.
Return of Saturn is an almost defiantly mature record about two things: Stefani's exploration of a troubled romance and her own romantic ideals, plus a serious attempt by the group to not only keep new wave alive, but to make that adolescent music relevant to an older audience. It's a high concept, but Return of Saturn is filled with satisfying contradictions. It's melodic, but deceptively complex; it can seem frothy, but it's never frivolous. No Doubt's desire to expand the emotional template of new wave is the perfect match for Stefani's themes – she may be writing about love, but she's not writing adolescent love songs. Fragments of her teenaged romantic fantasies remain, but she's writing as a woman in her late 20s. She's tired of being another "ex-girlfriend" – she wants to fall in love, get married, and have a family. It's a subject that's surprisingly uncommon in pop music, which would alone make Return of Saturn an interesting album. What makes it a successful one is that the band delivers an aural equivalent of Stefani's lyrical themes.