Gwen Stefani – Love, Angel, Music, Baby
Rating: 3 Stars
The solo debut from Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) kicks off with the 80s-tinged “What You Waiting For.” The same can be asked of Gwen Stefani. What took her so damn long to release a solo album? As soon as No Doubt burst onto the scene in 1996, the photogenic Stefani was called out as a star. She is No Doubt and her persona has dwarfed the other band members. Making fun of the situation in their video for “Don’t Speak” could not prevent it.
Perhaps she was waiting for 80s nostalgia to fully bloom, which is what this album capitalizes on. With music that may have been created by arcade video games, Stefani and a host of top producers including Dr. Dre, The Neptunes and 80s hitmakers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have created a club masterpiece that will get people moving.
The lead single “What You Waiting For” will become the next “Get The Party Started,” both of which were written by super songwriter Linda Perry. “Rich Girl” is an hip hop update to “Material Girl” by Madonna, an artist that Stefani is channeling on a number of tracks. Other tracks feature guest turns from Andre 3000, New Order and Wendy and Lisa who were with Prince during the Purple Rain days. “Harajuku Girls” is a tribute to the cutesy Japanese schoolgirls, who she claims were her muse for this project. In that same MTV interview Stefani says she had to get this dance-pop album out of her system. But chances are it will be so successful that No Doubt will be leaving her system.Powered by Sidelines