From being the lead singer in the band No Doubt, to becoming a solo artist, Gwen Stefani has come a long way in the music industry. On March 18, Stefani released her third studio album, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like.”
The album went number one on the Billboard 200, making it Stefani’s first number one album, and making her one of five women to hit number one on Billboard with a group, and as a solo artist.
The album opens with “Misery.” This track is about getting over an ex partner, while accepting a new one. Stefani admitted that this song was written about her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale. This song utilizes claps, synthesizers, and vocal harmonies to create an electropop masterpiece. “Misery” is a great opening to the album and sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Following “Misery,” “You’re my Favorite” and “Where Would I Be?” Sound like some of Stefani’s older music. These songs are very catchy, as they are quite repetitive. However, the bridges to these songs make up for it. In “You’re my Favorite,” the bridge slows the whole mood of the song down, creating an enchanting atmosphere for the listener. The bridge in “Where Would I Be?” Brings back the classic Gwen Stefani sound, reminiscent of her hit, “Hollaback Girl.”
My favorite tracks are “Send Me a Picture,” and “Asking 4 It (feat. Fetty Wap).” “Send Me a Picture” is about Gwen’s constant curiosity about her partner and what they’re doing. In the song, Stefani tells them to send her a picture of what they’re doing at the given time. The background synthesizers and beats are very simplistic, but compliment her vocals and harmonies. The pre-chorus and chorus are very catchy, and are pleasing to the ear.
“Asking 4 it (feat. Fetty Wap)” falls in the hip hop and trap genres. The pre-chorus is enchanting and is followed by a repetitive chorus, which Stefani sings with ease. Rapper Fetty Wap makes this track unique, since it is the only track to feature anyone on the album.
Overall, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” is a great pop album. Every song is flawless. There is no need to skip any song when listening to the album. In my opinion, this is the best pop album to be released in 2016 so far.
No announcements have been made for a tour from the artist. However, she will be in San Diego on May 13, for the channel 9.33 summer kick off concert. Tickets for this events can be found on ticketmaster, though tickets will be sold starting Friday, April 1.
The album is available on iTunes, and can be streamed on several streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.