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Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Alternative Rock album by Gwen Stefani

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Grooving Beats, Sparkling Melodies, and Much More!

  • May 19, 2005
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Gwen Stefani's debut solo CD Love, Angel, Music, Baby is quite a treat. Although most of the songs have a computerized, hip hop beat to them, they stand very strong due to some very interesting melodies.

What You Waiting For is a great lead off cut which starts out like a ballad but then settles into a hip hopping groove. And the up to date Rich Girl is quite compelling with the electronic beats. Bubble Pop Electric is another highlight with the rapping back and forth between Gwen and Johnny as well as some catchy synthesizer touches. The same holds true with Long Way To Go. Other tracks offer some world beats and varied arrangments.

This CD is a few steps away from the edgier No Doubt material. However, what stands strong is Gwen Stefani and her co-collaborators ability to create catchy material. Two thumbs up for sure.

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review by . July 30, 2006
Gwen took a lot of different steps to come up with this album. It's almost like a set of singles done in different genres ranging from heavy techno to old school 80's ballads. Some believe that having that much collaboration might be over produced, but each producer brought a different story to this album. The plus for me was the old school 80's vibe she applied into it.    Her first single `What You Waiting For?' was a good start in introducing her album. `Rich Girl' is good …
review by . January 20, 2006
posted in Music Matters
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 …
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OnNo Doubt's greatRock Steady, Gwen Stefani was a "girl that hangs with the boys... just sippin' on chamomile." Three years and a KROQ-nerdTalk Talkcover later, she presents a solo debut that wants it all--Vivienne WestwoodandJohn Galliano, backseat love and lifetime devotion, '70s pop throwbacks and hip-hop beats as well asClashadoration (she continues to be managed by the firm of Rebel Waltz, named for a mournfulSandinista!cut). Among the standout tracks are the stomping,Neptunes-driven "Hollaback Girl," the tongue-in-cheekEve/Dr. Drecollaboration "Rich Girl," and the girl-power manifesto "What You Waiting For?"; another tune, "The Real Thing," nods toward role-modelMadonna's "Holiday." Though it can't matchRock Steady's inexorable track-by-track flow,Love, Angel, Music, Babyis such state-of-the-art pop that the description almost feels like damning it with faint praise.--Rickey Wright
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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: Gwen Stefani
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: November 23, 2004

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