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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Gwen Stefani has come a long way, baby, from the secondhand frocks and Doc Martens she sported during No Doubt's lean O.C. days. The onetime tomboy has blossomed into a full-fledged fashionista with her own line of handbags and accessories L.A.M.B. for Le Sport Sac, so it's only fitting that she'd take a break from her boy-band mates to record a fashion-conscious solo debut heavily inspired by her jaunts to Japan and her infatuation with trend-setting Harajuku girls. Stefani sounds best on Love. Angel. Music. Baby when she lends her purring, Dale Bozzio-meets-Madonna vocals to new wave–inspired dance grooves, like the dizzying, Nellee Hooper–crafted lead single, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Gwen Stefani has come a long way, baby, from the secondhand frocks and Doc Martens she sported during No Doubt's lean O.C. days. The onetime tomboy has blossomed into a full-fledged fashionista with her own line of handbags and accessories L.A.M.B. for Le Sport Sac, so it's only fitting that she'd take a break from her boy-band mates to record a fashion-conscious solo debut heavily inspired by her jaunts to Japan and her infatuation with trend-setting Harajuku girls. Stefani sounds best on Love. Angel. Music. Baby when she lends her purring, Dale Bozzio-meets-Madonna vocals to new wave–inspired dance grooves, like the dizzying, Nellee Hooper–crafted lead single, "What You Waiting For?" and the techno-pop of "Crash," co-produced by ex-boyfriend and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. Ever since No Doubt's "Don't Speak" struck a chord with both Valley girls and B-girls, Stefani's also become popular for her irresistibly melodramatic ballads, and here she offers the Dallas Austin–produced "Cool," with its whirling synths and hummable harmony. And those are just a few of the cooks Stefani invited into her kitchen for L.A.M.B. Other urban and dance producers spicing the stew include Dr. Dre, who offers "Rich Girl" -- an Eve-assisted take on Lady Saw's reggae rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof anthem "If I Were a Rich Man" -- and the Neptunes, who check in with two tracks. Although Stefani's ride-or-die chick rapping over the synth-and-boom-bap beat of the Neptunes' "Hollaback Girl" isn't that convincing, her fearless creativity does pay off on the scratch-infused, André 3000–assisted, "Long Way to Go," which sounds more like an Outkast track. With L.A.M.B., Stefani manages to weave her diverse musical sensibilities into her own indelible style.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the wake of Gwen Stefani's elevation to diva status in the early 2000s, it's easy to forget that for a brief moment at the start of the millennium it seemed that she and her band, No Doubt, were dangerously close to being pegged as yet another of the one-album alt-rock wonders of the '90s. Return of Saturn, their long-awaited 2000 follow-up to their blockbuster 1995 breakthrough Tragic Kingdom, failed to ignite any sparks at either retail or radio, despite receiving some strong reviews, and the group seemed on the verge of disappearing. Then, Gwen sang on Eve's "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" in 2001. The Dr. Dre-produced song was a brilliant single, driven by a G-funk groove and a sultry pop chorus delivered by Stefani, and it was an enormous hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard charts and winning a Grammy, while redefining Gwen's image in the process. No longer the cute SoCal ska-punk kid of Tragic Kingdom, she was a sexy, glamorous club queen, and No Doubt's next album, 2001's Rock Steady, not only reflected this extreme makeover, it benefited from it, since her new ghetto-fabulous persona turned the album into a big hit. A side effect of this was that Gwen now had a higher profile than her band, making a solo album somewhat inevitable. Since she always dominated No Doubt -- she was their face, voice, lyricist, and sex symbol, after all -- it's reasonable to ask whether vanity was the only reason she wanted to break out on her own, since it seemed to the outside observer that she helped set the musical course for the band. A quick listen to Love.Angel.Music.Baby., her 2004 solo debut, reveals that this is not an album she could have made with the group -- it's too club-centric, too fashion-obsessed, too willfully weird to be a No Doubt album. Working with far too many collaborators -- including Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Linda Perry, Dallas Austin, André 3000, Nellee Hooper, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and her No Doubt bandmate and ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal -- Stefani has created a garish, neon-colored, deliberately stylish solo album that's intermittently exciting and embarrassing. It covers far too much ground to be coherent, but a large part of its charm is to hear it careen from the thumping, minimal beats of the Neptunes-helmed "Hollaback Girl" to the sleek, new wave textures of the high school anthem-in-waiting "Cool" and back to the exhilarating freakazoid sex song "Bubble Pop Electric," featuring André 3000's alter ego Johnny Vulture. This is music that exists entirely on the surface -- so much so, that when André drops in Martin Luther King samples into the closer, "Long Way to Go," it's a jarring buzz kill -- and that's what's appealing about L.A.M.B., even if it is such a shallow celebration of fleeting style and outdated bling-bling culture, it can grate. This shallowness can result in intoxicating beats, hooks, and melodies, but also a fair share of embarrassments, from odes to "hydroponic love" and choruses built on either "That's my s*it" or "take a chance, you stupid ho" to the stumbling contributions from Linda Perry. But Stefani's dogged desire to cobble together her own patchwork style while adhering to both her new wave chick and urban goddess personas can be both fascinatingly odd her weirdly homoerotic tribute to "Harajuku Girls" and irresistible. It's telling that the best moments on the album keep closest to her new wave roots which include heavy electro synth beats and blips: no matter how hard she tries, she is not a cultural trailblazer like Madonna. Unlike Madge, she willingly adapts to her collaborators instead of forcing them to adapt to her, which means that L.A.M.B. truly does sound like the work of seven different producers instead of one strong-willed artist. Nevertheless, even if it doesn't work all the time -- and some of its best tracks still have moments that induce a withering cringe -- it's a glitzy, wild ride that's stranger and often more entertaining than nearly any other mainstream pop album of 2004.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
An irresistible party: trashy, hedonistic and deeply weird.

An irresistible party: trashy, hedonistic and deeply weird.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 075021031432
  • Catalog Number: 000382901
  • Sales rank: 11,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What You Waiting For? (3:41)
  2. 2 Rich Girl (3:56)
  3. 3 Hollaback Girl (3:19)
  4. 4 Cool (3:09)
  5. 5 Bubble Pop Electric - Johnny Vulture (3:42)
  6. 6 Luxurious (4:24)
  7. 7 Harajuku Girls (4:51)
  8. 8 Crash (4:06)
  9. 9 The Real Thing (4:11)
  10. 10 Serious (4:48)
  11. 11 Danger Zone (3:37)
  12. 12 Long Way to Go - André 3000 (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gwen Stefani Primary Artist, Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Dallas Austin Drums, Keyboards
Lisa Coleman Keyboards
Eve Rap
Peter Hook Bass
Jimmy Jam Bass, Bass Guitar
Kevin Kendricks Piano, Keyboards
Wendy Melvoin Guitar
Aaron Mills Bass
Linda Perry Guitar, Keyboards
Mark Batson Keyboards, keyboard bass
Bernard Sumner Background Vocals
Tony Reyes Guitar, Bass Guitar
Mike Elizondo Guitar, Keyboards
Tony Kanal Synthesizer, Keyboards
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards
Naomi Martin Background Vocals
Iz Percussion, Drums
Mimi Parker Background Vocals
André 3000 Keyboards, Vocals
MiMi "Audio" Parker Background Vocals
Sheldon Conrich Keyboards
Zoey Martin Background Vocals
Johnny Vulture Guitar, Keyboards
Seven Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Dr. Dre Audio Production
Dallas Austin Composer, Producer, Audio Production
M. Batson Composer
J. Bock Composer
Johnny Copeland Artwork, Logo
John Frye Engineer
Nellee Hooper Producer, Audio Production
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Audio Production
Terry Lewis Producer
Linda Perry Composer, Programming, Engineer
Rick Sheppard Engineer, MIDI, Sound Design
Simon Gogerly Programming, Engineer
Chantal Kreviazuk Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Gwen Stefani Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Andre Young Composer
Tony Kanal Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
T. Lewis Composer
Aidan Love Programming
Chad Hugo Composer
Jolie Clemens Art Direction
Cutmaster Swift Cut
Ian Rossiter Engineer
Pete Novak Engineer
Ewan Pearson Programming
André 3000 Producer, Audio Production
Matt Marrin Engineer
Sam Littlemore Programming
Jason Lader Programming, Engineer
Lee Groves Mixing Programmer
Johnny Vulture Programming, Producer
Ian Cross Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    eh

    gwen stefani was good in no doubt, but this album was kinda dull and blah, most of her songs sound the same.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I.Love.Gwen.Stefani.

    I never thought about getting this album until a week ago or so. I don't know how I lived without it before. Songs 1-8 and 12 are absolutely great. (9-11 weren't my cup of tea). Gwen is quirky, but not to the point where she is hard to listen to. She has enough talent to pull of silly songs that would make others just look...idiotic. 'What You Waiting For?' simply couldn't be done by any other artist. This is unique Pop.

    It does have a few tracks that are sexually charged but loosely covered, so if that's not your thing, be prepared. :P

    Personal Favs: Bubble Pop Electric, Long Way To Go, Hollaback Girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just miss the old gwen.....

    gwen is one the best artists ever but it's just that it seemed that the profound songwriting got dumped in a blackhole or something.. let's put it this way! if you're a"no doubt"fan, appreciates ska/punk/pop music,know gwen's music for years, you'll be disappointed with this album. but. if you just found out about gwen stefani, or this is the first time you knew her and has never listened to her masterpiece before, then definitely you will love this. i'm just a hard core no doubt fan and a hard core gwen stefani that's why... sigh...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bubble Pop Electric - You've got to have this!!!

    I love this CD! It's fun,wild and has fab lyrics. My fave songs include:What You Waiting For,Rich Girl,Bubble Pop Electric,Harajuku Girls,Crash & Serious! This CD is the best! Everyone should have this CD! Rock on,Gwen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unique

    Gwen and her lyrics go hand in hand. Some songs I loved. For example, "What You Waiting For", "Rich Girl", "Luxurious", and "Serious". Some songs I had to grow into liking, "Hollabackgirl", and "Cool". The rest of the songs were about sex and it worked my nerves after a while. She can do better. Some of the songs were not needed or she could have changed it up with productions of Neptunes. Give her some time and she'll come back more unique and harder than ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT! OUTSTANDING!

    WOW! I dont know where to start. I think there are only...maybe three songs i'm not crazy about. I just love this cd. She's different, kinda strange, but thats what i like....great definitely buy it if ya can! I highly recommend this to BEP and Pussy Cat Doll Fans. Good purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    heres a REAL review...

    (note...this review may seem kinda jammed together...there were supposed to be paragraph seperations but my computer is being weird...so all the paragraphs are now jammed together, so this review may seem a little confusing, and clutter...im really sorry) im truly sick and tired of all these "reviews" that clutter the Barnes & Noble web site that state their admiration or deep detestation of L.A.M.B. in a mere three sentence desprition. so, far everyone who actually WANTS to know how this record is...just read ahead... Gwen Stefani, is of course, best know for head-lining her genre-blending, reggea/ska/alt-pop group NO DOUBT. Yet, with her a reinvention of her image in the early 2000's, it was inevitable that soon she would drift away from her bandmates and release a record that was truly her own...and something that would never have been able to be created with the name "No Doubt" slapped across the Cd cover. So Gwen departed from her group, hook up with an array of talented producers, and released the colorful, trippy "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." Released in November 2004, the album is STILL in the Billboard Top 100 a year after its release. Gwen Stefani shows she has MAD skills on this record. While on the surface "L.A.M.B." may feel like a happy lil' dance album, with catchy beats, addicting lyrics, and marketing ploys flung all around. But, with a deeper look, Gwen's album is something so much more: its a modern day pop masterpiece. Pulling heavily from Madonna, this girl throws down little pop gems that are brilliant in their delieverance and pure delicious guilty-pleasure way. While I won't disect each and every track, Gwen warps the first half of her album into a giddy, eclectic roller coaster at warp speed: flying from the excellently written "What You Waiting For?" to the reggae remodleing of a Fiddle On the Roof showtune in "Rich Girl." Mrs. Stefani throws down her cheerleadin beats in "Hollaback Girl" (by far the reigning champ as Hottest Song of the Summer in 2005) to the seriously low-key beauty of lost love in "Cool." After the first four tracks, though, Gwen calms down...but just a tad. She comes on like a crazy, sex-obsessed teen in "Bubble Pop Electric" and from their delievers some delicious 80's thowbacks, with beautiful rifts and catchy hooks. I would even say that Gwen's album may be the best album of late 2004/2005 just because this kind of pop music is relativly dead...the last time its been seen in such FINE fashion was in the 80's, most notable with Madonna. And Gwen does take a page from Madonna's book, using her sex symbol image and newly-dubbed fashonista title to create not just a uphoria of sound but also of sight. All in all, this is a reccord for pop fanatics and 80's lovers that should not, should NOT be missed out on. And I will even venture to say that, while Madonna is truly a legend in her own by recreating pop music, Madonna is dead to today's society...and now we've got a classy girl that is willing and ready to take her shoes. I think Gwen Stefani can do a beautifully job of becoming this generations Madonna, and by becoming a POP QUEEN and SEXY DIVA, this girl can overcome the drama of today's shoqbiz and deliver us some music that is truly fitting. ***for Gwen LOVERS...*** i was recently lucky enough to attend Gwens concert in Fairfax, Viringa, with the Black Eyed Peas opening for her in the Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005. let me just say that the concert was FANTASTIC and PURE AMAZMENT...i cannot ever fully describe the experience in words. by far the BEST conert i have ever been too, Gwen Stefani but on a beautiful show, working the crowd into a frenzied mess and, with elaborate costume changes, sexy dance moves, and elaborate stage workings, it was purly a LIVE SHOW. this is NOT a tour to miss, and if Gwen is stoppin by, make SURE SURE SURE to get tickets to this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    original sound!!!!

    When i heard this cd, i thought it was very original and funky. It's kind of old school. There are a lot of good songs on this album and definately an original sound. I think her songs match her personnal style. It's a very up-beat, feel-good CD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gwen Stefanis Great Review

    this album is very exotic and fancy. I loved this album! You should buy this album!!! Its got a nice "dancey" sound if you will. I know you will enjoy this album just as much as I did!(when they say "lamb in some of the songs their talking about the title L ove A ngel M usic B aby)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gwen the Fraud

    When 'Return to Saturn' did not sell well Gwen went hip-hop. When that was successful Gwen transformed into some kind of club girl/hip hopper. Hey, whatever keeps you on MTV and in all the magazines. Your product now. Who cares about the music? Her husband must be confused. Gavin probably thinks to himself, "Didn't I marry a rock and ska chick?". Gwen is a fraud and a media and studio creation. Hip-hop sells and that is what she be today. Banannas indeed. Don't get me started on her fashion sense. Look up the word garish and that is a good start. She looks a bomb exploded in her dressing room. Be who you are and stop trying to be some 21st century diva. That's it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good cd, different from No Doubt

    I was a huge No Doubt fan. When I heard Gwen was going solo, I bought this cd. I liked it a lot. It's really good but it is different from No Doubt. It's worth buying and has a couple good songs on it. "Hollaback Girl" and "Cool" are 2 of my favorite tracks on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT

    This cd is awesome. I thought that she wasn't going to be very good solo but OMG! she is awesome. I LOVE HOLLABACK GIRL!. It's the best song ever. Even though she swears. " heard that you were talking s**t And you didn't think that I would hear it People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up So I'm ready to attack, gonna take you out That's right, put your pom-poms downs, getting everybody fired up...." I bought this cd on the strength of Hollaback girl and then i listened to the whole CD and began loving it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice tunes...average singer

    Just like almost everyone else's music in the industry today, I would say that the song writers have written catchy songs, that any other artist could sing. They all sound so much alike these days. So, I do like the music, but Stefani is a very average singer. I also feel like she is trying to copy Madonna too much. Not here to put anyone down, but she will never be a Madonna, or even close. But, I like her CD :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She is the best singer!

    Gwen Stefani is soooo good! My 3 favorite songs are hollaback girl, (even though she cusses) rich girl, and cool. She is one of my favorite singers! My dream is to meet her someday!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Cd is worth more than 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This cd da bomb!!!!!!!!!!!! I love hollaback girl even though she swears in it. rich girl, what you waiting for, danger zone, and bubble pop electric are the best of em all. Go buy it. If don't you crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!

    This is a great CD even if ur not a "no doubt" fan! I wasnt either!! My favorite songs on this album are "Rich Girl" featruing Eve. and "Hollaback Girl" Which are both very catchy and songs you just wanna get up and dance to!!! :) Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOTALLY AWSOME!

    This CD rocks!!!!!! Hollaback Girl difinatley has to be the best song, i go through the halls singing that song all day !!!! i definatley recomend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! VERY WEIRD!

    I have to say, she does swear in hollaback girl and that is my favorite song. I'm a kid and really don't like that word (You would know what I meant if you heard the song). Cool songs, but in some of her song, you don't even know where she is going with it or what the song means! I'm confused on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get Up And Dance!

    This album is full of good beats and smooth style. It doesn't really belong to any one genre, since it incorporates hip-hop, electronica, rock, and even a little bit of No Doubt's ska roots into one heated mix. My favourite tracks are "What You Waiting For?", "Rich Girl", "Hollaback Girl", "Bubble Pop Electric", and "Crash." Gwen Stefani has her own unique style, in fashion AND in music. She has gone completely commercial since her solo debut with her corresponding clothing line "L.A.M.B." hitting stores everywhere, yet she is still bubbling with originality. Although this album may seem a little too "pop"-centric for some listeners, I guarantee that it will make anybody want to get up and dance. After all, it's Love. Angel. Music. Baby!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keep Listening, It will grow on you

    I LOVE this album. When I first heard it, I was disappointed, but I didn't like No Doubt at first either. So, I decided to keep listening. It grew on me and now I love it. Sure, some songs are weird, but it is so Gwen, you can't help but eventually give in and enjoy it. It hasn't left my car's CD player since I got it.

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