I am a big Gwen Stefani fan who recently went to see her perform all the cuts on this album. Her hits (Hollaback Girl, Cool, Luxurious) speak for themselves and make the disc worth having by themselves. In fact I heard that Gwen was approached during her hiatus from working with No Doubt, to try to put out this CD. It is super-impressive for something that she may have gotten out quickly while enjoying her recent married life.
Why I didn't give it a full five stars is that the rest of the tracks don't quite make it and pale in comparison to the No Doubt hits (Don't Speak, Hey Baby, It's My Life). Don't get me wrong, when they are performed live with Gwen's stage presence, background video effects and the on-stage dancers accompanying her, the songs are passable (Crash and What You Waiting For are the best of the rest).
I greatly look foward to the next No Doubt project and I hope Gwen's success as a solo artist will not let her forget how good her group was (I put them up with Green Day as the best bands around).
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Personnel include: Gwen Stefani (vocals); Andre 3000 (vocals); Eve (rap vocals); Linda Perry (guitar, keyboards, programming); Tony Reyes (guitar, bass guitar); Rusty Anderson (guitar); Tony Kanal (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Mark Batson (keyboards, keyboard bass); Dallas Austin (keyboards, drums); Mike Elizondo, James Wright (keyboards); Jimmy Jam (bass guitar); Jason Lader (programming); Mimi Parker, Seven, Bobby Ross Avila (background vocals). Recording information: 2004. Historically, it's a tricky endeavor for the singer from an enormously successful band to embark on a solo career. Gwen Stefani, the glamorous vocalist for No Doubt, sidesteps the issue on her first solo album, LOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, BABY, by largely eschewing the No Doubt sound. In its place, there's a strong emphasis on the R&B and hip-hop flavors that were hinted at in preceding No Doubt records. Towards that end, Stefani gamely enlists the assistance of Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Andre 3000 of Outkast, and others, on an album ...