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Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Alternative Rock album by Gwen Stefani

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3.5 stars-Gwen really wanted a mix salad on her dinner table.

  • Jul 30, 2006
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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 track working back with her friend Eve and the help of Dr. Dre made this a hit. `Hollaback Girl' with it's "Micky Vibe" is a good hit that was on heavy rotation on the radio stations, the Neptunes was all over that track. `Cool,' is slower than the others, and the chorus is really nice and its very 80'ish vibe. `Bubble Pop Electric' was surely one Weird song but it came together due to the collabo with Andre. This track took me about 5 listens to get into. It's grows on you with its weird rhythms and funny lyrics. `Luxurious' has an R&B vibe to it that sounds nice. `Harajuku Girls' is obviously all Madonna with a Chinese twist. `Crash' is very 80ish and tolerable for those who might not be into it. `The Real Thing' is even more 80'ish and slightly enjoyable. `Serious' I like because it starts with the string sound and Gwen also put an 80's sound to it. `Danger Zone' this song is more towards the rock side which I don't listen to that much but the chorus is nice. `Long Way to Go,' I love because of Andre 3000 you can tell he produced this song. Its rhythms and beats are all what he stands for and the two artists harmonize pretty well on this track. Andre does his thing on the piano in there with its funky rhythm that sounds like its straight out of the Speakerboxx album.

I would say that this album deserves to be heard. If you're into all types of music and also a loyal No Doubt and Gwen Stefani fan, then you should get into this album. If people don't like it, I just think it's because they are looking for something that they've already heard before and trust me, repetition is usually a disappointment.

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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 …
review by . May 19, 2005
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 …
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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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