Sunday, March 27, 2016

Album Review: Gwen Stefani "This Is What The Truth Feels Like"

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.

The next song is "Send Me a Picture" and is definitely a fun, sexy type of song for when you're in a relationship and you want your loved one to send you photo updates of where they are and what they are doing. These don't have to be explicit photos of course! Number 8 on the album is "Red Flag." It starts off a bit strange - honestly, the way Gwen is talking makes me think of the song "Japan" by The Lonely Island. It's a good song though - definitely something only Gwen Stefani could really pull off.

Next up is "Asking 4 It" which features Fetty Wapp. Reading the title, it might make you think of something in particular, so I was a bit surprised to hear what the title actually meant. The lyrics go- "Are you sure you want to love me? You're asking for it." I think a lot of us can relate to this song, where we feel like we might not be the most lovable and worthy of a certain person, especially if we have a lot of "baggage" in our past. "Naughty" is a fun, upbeat song. I really liked Gwen's voice in this one! It seems like a good one to sing with a crowd.

Second to last is "Me Without You" and is a great post-relationship song because it's all about how you are okay without that person and you can move on and do better. Finally, we have "Rare" which is a nice song to end the album! The Target album has four extra songs, which I have not listened too, but if they are anything like the rest of the album, I think it would be worth checking out that edition! 

Review by Lauren (album sent for review; all opinions are my own)

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Track Listing-

1. Misery 
2. You’re My Favorite 
3. Where Would I Be
 4. Make Me Like You 
5. Truth 
6. Used To Love You 
7. Send Me A Picture 
8. Red Flag 
9. Asking For It 
10. Naughty 
11. Me Without You 
12. Rare 

NOTE: There are four bonus tracks on the album available at Target 

13. Rocket Ship (Target Exclusive) 
14. Getting Warmer (Target Exclusive) 
15. Obsessed (Target Exclusive) 
16. Splash (Target Exclusive

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Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided the album to review but all opinions are my own.


Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I seriously Love Gwen!

Erika Sorocco said...

I love Gwen Stefani, and I love how personal she got with these tracks; but nothing really grabbed me like a lot of her previous releases did. :(


Lola R said...

I am not really a musical person, so I haven't heard about this artist before. I like the sound of how she gets personal in her songs and it sounds like you really enjoyed this album. That's nice you got this album for review! Great review!

Joyous Reads said...

I think it's pretty awesome that you got this album for review. I didn't know they do that. Glad you enjoyed this album!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Haven't listened to hear in forever

cleemckenzie said...

Such a beautiful sound! Thanks for starting my week off with music.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Such a great album! I loved reading your thoughts on it :)

A Canadian Girl said...

I don't really listen to music so I can't say much about that, but I think it's pretty awesome that you got to review an album. I didn't know there were opportunities for bloggers to do that!

Jennifer Humphries said...

We already own this one and LOVE it! It is a fun mix up of some fun dance songs and some more heartfelt ones. We really like it!

Lisa @ Lost in Literature said...

I really like Used to Love You. It's definitely emotional, and has a great beat. Love this review, and I love Gwen! :)

Lexxie Lin said...

I'm a huge Gwen Stefani fan, too, Lauren, and her new album definitely looks good! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews