I’ve been a fan of Gwen Stefani for years now. Growing up, I heard her hit songs in the band No Doubt and then she released her debut solo album, Love Angel Music Baby and I really fell in love. It was full of fun, really unique songs. Therefore, I was very excited for the opportunity to review Stefani’s latest solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like. While the songs on this album aren’t especially unique, they still have a great sound and most important of all, they feel real and personal and that’s something I love in an artist’s music.
The album starts off well with “Misery.” I think it’s important for most albums to start with a more upbeat song. It allows the listener to really get into the music and it’s a great hook! The second song on the album, “You’re My Favorite” really shows that classic Stefani voice. It’s got a nice sound, but it’s slightly slower, which works! Near the end of the third song, “Where Would I Be?” we get some classic Gwen similar to her “this shit is bananas” catch-phase from her debut album.
Now we’ve reached the fourth song, which is her second sequel, “Make Me Like You.” I read an interview with Gwen and she was asked if this song was about her new romance with Blake Shelton, and she basically said that of course it was, she wasn’t trying to hide anything. You can really tell by the lyrics – “I was fine before I met you. I was broken, but fine.” It’s a good, catchy song, and I love that it’s about finding new love after heartbreak.
The following two songs, “Truth” (which is where the album title comes from) and “Used to Love You” both have a nice beat in the background, but they are definitely more emotional. “Truth” focuses on her new relationship again, but “Used to Love You” is about dealing with the fallout of a relationship and how you used to love someone, but now you can’t help but hate them for hurting you.
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