For the first time in this rate, we're about to say goodbye to a section/album. So... is it "No Doubt" or "The Beacon Street Collection"? I want to get near you But you just won't let me in... 55. Open the Gate Average score: 7.415 Highest scores: 10 x 1 (@Disco Tears), 9 x 2 (@yeRleDanaL, @Music Is Death) Lowest score: 4.9 x 1 (@Untouchable Ace), 5 x 1 (@An Insider) My score: 7.25 High peak: #41 (5 voters) Low peak: #58 (13 voters) The gate is closed, because "The Beacon Street Collection" becomes the first album to lose all of its songs, before we got to reach top 50. "Open the Gate" didn't make any significant movements on the leaderboard at all, but it did scratch the top 50 multiple times. In fact, it was at #49 before the final voter (@An Insider) gave it a 5 and bumped it down. I thought "Greener Pastures" was going to be the last standing track from this album (and it was up until about halfway through), but "Open the Gate" got plenty of scores between 7 and 8, securing it a higher spot. This also means that "Let's Get Back" is the winning track out of early No Doubt songs - finally, some justice in this rate! "Open the Gate", which is the opening track of "The Beacon Street Collection", is one of the very few songs that were written by all five (at the time) No Doubt members - Eric Stefani, Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tom Kanal and Adrian Young. It was recorded over a weekend in February 1995 - the same sessions that produced "Stricken" and "Greener Pastures". Gwen says that the song was influenced by Nirvana - which isn't that odd when you think about it, given that No Doubt had played Nirvana's "Sliver" live back in 1994, and she explains the influence: "Open the gate! You know, really trying to... it's funny because sometimes you can be influenced by something, and you won't be able to tell because you can't copy someone. You are you, so..." She had a point, since No Doubt evidently had their own stamp since the early days. "Open the Gate" also got featured on some random promo EP called "Live in Los Angeles" (featuring a ghastly artwork) recorded in December 1995 and released in early 1996 on a CD, so one wonders if maybe the record company was looking to get some radio airplay for it after the release of Tragic Kingdom.The song was often played live up until 1996, and then reappeared a few times during Return of Saturn Tour in 2000, though I have no audio nor video evidence about that. Showcasing both a departure from the band's style at that point and an example of what would become their trademark style, "Open the Gate" is a perfect opener of the album. It's explosive, straightforward, with a noticeably bigger rock influece, has a refined sound and a pretty memorable chorus. I find it the most single-friendly song for these reasons, too. Unlike pretty much all of the songs from their sophomore, it sounds like it would comfortably fit "Tragic Kingdom" album, since it has the same sense of urgency, despite having a bit more of a rough edge when it comes to vocals and instrumental. A burst of energy with Gwen's exceptionally presented high notes and screams really make it pop. The guitar solo along with a middle-8 is another nice addition. I also find the bass rather overlooked, because Tony does a really good job. That all being said, this track has always been among my least favourites from this album. While it's obviously a very good song, there's something inessential about it that doesn't make me want to return to it. Also, the melody during the verses is really not that interesting, though I like the little 'aahhh' backing vocals that will appear much more frequently on "Tragic Kingdom" onwards. The lyrics are simple enough, about someone opening up, and don't really have anything special about them. At least Gwen's passionate delivery in the syle of 'open the gate up or I'll get yo ass' sure does them justice, especially with that powerful outro. The song is still missing something to properly click with me, but I won't deny that it's a fairly enjoyable listen. I would definitely chose a different song as "The Beacon Street Collection" winner, such as robbed "By the Way" and "Greener Pastures", but rates have taught me that you obviously can't have everything. And it does make sense that "Open the Gate", because it sounds a lot more like the stuff that followed and may be the most conventional song from its parent album. Onto the commentary. @AshleyKerwin (7) is clearly a dedicated No Doubt fan: "Things start to get more rock driven from here." @berserkboi (6.5), however, fails to notice that: "Inoffensive fun, though not much of a giant sonic development from the previous album." If you meant development quality-wise, I would agree. @Remorque (8) also clocks the sonic switch: "Gwen sounds fantastic on this one and it's a lovely intro to what was to come on Tragic Kingdom, but I just don't see myself seeking this one out, like, ever again..." I agree, though that's quite a harsh end of a comment for that score ddd. Meanwhile, @Sprockrooster (7) "Here for the guitar solo mostly." and speaking of guitar, @bonnieetclyde (7) is here for it, too: "That crunching electric guitar really adds a lot to this track. Some nice vocal melodies also." I'll leave the biggest fan, @Disco Tears (10), for the end: "Another album I haven't listened to, but instantly drawn in by the sound of this. Considering I found this album in a charity shop last March in the Scottish highlands of all places, I should definitely have listened by now. If this had been on Tragic Kingdom, I could have seen it being a hit for them. Maybe." It's definitely the most apparent single choice from the album. Also, glad you made all these discoveries! "Open the gate up Or I'm gonna knock the damn door down!" (Gwen sounds so cute even when swearing before the song starts) Next up: A song that's technically from two different decades.