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Caution On Taking This "Escape",
This review is from: The Sweet Escape (Audio CD)
Gwen Stefani has always been a favorite artist of mine, it all started with me hearing "Don't Speak" in 1996 when No Doubt had just about hit it huge, and I followed her career throughout and loved every moment till now. I was estatic to hear of Gwen's return to music with "The Sweet Escape" and was glad to get it with no money from my pocket. This is what you call your classic "Sophomore Slump", it's not the greatest album in the world but there are a few song on it that make it a worthwhile purchase. Gwen really just didn't put enough effort into this release, it's actually quite bland even though it's chock full of crazy and erractic beats, it just sounds like she threw this together and said, "I released an album so people will stop bugging me!" I know she's a new mom and running her fashion line, but come on! Plus everything sounds like her debut album, "L.A.M.B" (which was just gooey-good fun!) remixed. Every song sounds like one of "L.A.M.B"'s songs just with new lyrics and mashed up of music. It's not a bad thing, just not a smart move for a sophomore effort.
Gwen Stefani never had much of a voice but it's a voice that you can listen to and enjoy, and that's not even the problem, it's the music. The music makes this album totally tank. Nothing is outstanding or the least bit "Wow! I've never heard that before!", it's just generic and horrible hip-hop trip beats.
There are hits and misses with this album but let's look at the upside:
The Good Stuff:
"Wind It Up" got me excited with the release because this song is just pure, unadultered fun with clunky beats and racing strings (though this song sounds like "Hollaback Girl" rehashed). And with interpolations of the Sound Of Music's famous yodel song it adds a unique touch. Though I had a friend complain about how Gwen was "always using classic musicals to back her music" and how "she needs to stop!". It's however you look at it but I find it creative and the music video is just insane and the perfect companion to this song!
"Sweet Escape" is possibly the best song on here, it's just like your taking an acid trip by riding on a unicorn over a rainbow and counting stars as you glide. Very pyschadelic like and upbeat fun with blaring horns and keyboards. This song is the most original sounding. Hope this is the next single.
"Early Winter" is stunning and brings out that signature Gwen Stefani flair. It's a dark, driving ballad that features a distant piano and raging guitars. Hope this is released as well.
"Fluorescent" has a nice skittish beat to it with some good 80's influences sprinkled here and there. Good song.
"U Started It" is another good pick from this set. It has that signature Pharrell sound to it, very 80's slow jam with a dash of hip-hop. I like this song for how it flows and sounds. Nice tune.
"Wonderful Life" is techno-bliss and has a great beat and lyrics to it. Very pulsating and driving. This is how I like my Gwen Stefani tunes unlike these:
"Orange County Girl" has a good concept behind it but a white girl trying to rap about living in Orange County just doesn't pass with me. The beat is not bad but if it had a better concept then it would be better, just that Gwen doesn't come off as the "hardcore" type.
"4 In The Morning" is "Cool" revisited, but it's not a bad song. It's kina melodic and upbeat with a slow groove behind it but comes off as B-O-R-I-N-G!
Annoynace rings true with "Now That You Got It", completely ridiculous.
"Yummy" is HORRENDOUS!! The worst song on here. Gosh, what an embarassing tune...it's so cringeworthy and just down-right bad.
"Breakin' Up" is just not good and Gwen once again trying to be a "hard-core" rapper...ugh...
"Don't Get It Twisted" is trying to innovative with different beats and music styles but comes off as a complete mess!
After the success of "Hollaback Girl" and "Cool", Gwen tried to capitalize on them by mixing them throughout this album on various songs and it's obvious. It was great the first time but the second time around is sometimes not always sweeter. Gwen also tries to capitalize on hip-hop by giving it her own twist, which is okay, but do it right. And the worst songs on here are her trying to be a hardcore white girl rapper, if she does without that then possibly "The Sweetest Escape" could have been better. Caution on taking this "escape", download the best, skip the worst and wait for Gwen to reunite with No Doubt again for a new album (which they will be doing next year, hopefully!).
PRESS THE REPEAT BUTTON
1. Sweet Escape
2. Early Winter
3. U Started It
4. Wind It Up
5. Wonderful Life
PRESS THE SKIP BUTTON (or don't play at all)
2. Now That You Got It
3. Breakin' Up
4. Orange County Girl
5. 4 In The Morning