Love. Angel. Music. Baby

Love. Angel. Music. Baby

3.8 66
by Gwen Stefani

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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.

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Interscope Records

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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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Love. Angel. Music. Baby 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
amb_ram25 More than 1 year ago
gwen stefani was good in no doubt, but this album was kinda dull and blah, most of her songs sound the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song is so great that I can't wait until the CD comes out. I have heard that she has 3 totally different styles in her CD! I am so excited!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard her new single What You Waiting For, I knew that this album was gonna the bomb. Its definetely poppier than her No Doubt stuff, but it really reflects her personality and star power more I guess. But anyway, anyone who followed her career with her old band or has just been introduced to her, don't forget to buy this album! You won't regret it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
her new song is so hot its sort of like a rock techno thing its so cool that song has two catagories that im into im sooooo happy and for gwen too cause her new album is gonna be a number one hit record and i hope gwen keeps this style of music cause its off the chain. if u seen her new video she also has a new style in hair and clothes, not just in music soooooooooooo remember to buy the cd u wont regret it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Gwen Stefani's first single, "What you waiting for". This kind of music is perfect for listening to in the car or at home dancing around and acting silly. I'm so excited for her cd to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend got this song before it "offically" came out because we were so anxious to hear what her album would sound like and damn were we surprised. This is off the hook and I can't wait for the album. This single is going to skyrocket. It's got a beat that I love to dance to and it shows her off very well. She will definantly have a second album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened to No Doubt Gwen Stefani? "What You Waiting For?" was decent enough, but the ridiculous "Harajuk Girl" lives nothing past the world of fashion and lipgloss. Is there a message in there? A purpose? If so, I want to hear it. Go back to Tragic Kingdom era, or even Return of Saturn, Gwen- at least you had something to say back then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1st released single for Gwen's debut CD is an extremely upbeat hip Gwen-like song. However when I heard the song "Harajuk Girl" I thought Gwen might have borrowed Hillary Duff's song writer. I expect more from a songwriter like Gwen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD kicks butt!!!!!! I love Gwen whatever she does is da bomb and I know that this is one CD that will never get old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is really about Gwen appealing to a urban audience to increase her fanbase and in turn increasing her sales. The inlisting of Andre 3000, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Dallas Austin ,and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is enough to make any R&B/Hip-Hop fans mouth water. Eve only adds more appeal as they cover the raggae classic "Rich Girls". I was also feeling the Notorious B.I.G. sample on "Luxurious". The entire album has a 80's feel which throws me back to the early days of Madonna's career as she introduced soulful R&B type stylings to a Pop audience, and Gwen seems to be following in those same footsteps with this album. I like it, but i expected more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love everything about this album. Some people might probably think this isn't Gwen's style but to me she sounds so natural singing this type of music and I can really understand why she did an album like this. The songs on the album have an 80s feel to them but they still sound original. If any other artist tried to do an album like this it would probably seem really lame but it makes perfect sense for Gwen to do something like this since shes so funky, and stylish and original and really stands out from the rest of the artists who are out right now. The whole album is great but the songs I really love right now are "Crash" which reminds me of something Debbie Deb would have recorded back in the 80s, "Serious" is great too and is reminescent of early Madonna and Club Nouveau, "Rich Girl" is awesome too and very unique, "Harajuku Girls" is really original too and if I had to liken it to something I would say it's very Bowie. Gwen's influences are apparent and I love how she took her influences and infused them with her own personal musical style. It's a classic, unique record and an original one and I love it. Gwen has made music fun again and I'm proud of her for being brave enough to follow her heart and do her own thing . The Whole album is wicked! I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album!! Gwen is a genius. I can totally see the song Hollaback Girl becoming a highschool cheerleading fav!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this on MTV The Leak... What You Waiting for is probably the best tracks on the album. It isn't really what I would have expected from Gwen. At times, it sounds like a cross between Madonna and Mariah Carey. Some of it sounds like really bad 80's electronic music, and Bubble Pop Electric is just plain weird... Luxurious is a nice slow song, but sounds oddly familiar. Those are really the only tracks worth mentioning
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to say that on the first listen that I was shocked...not in a good way. I was thinking: This isn't Gwen! Ahhhh! I gave the album a chance and realized that her first solo effort offers a wonderful array of musical flavors on which to feast! Some songs at first worried me. Like Rich Girl, but it grew on me. The 2 songs I would have to say that are the best are What Are You Waiting for? because it takes you back to the pre-solo days of Gwen. 2nd...Cool because its just a good love song and one that isnt too sappy! and 3rd would be Luxurious because I like her whole R&B approach. She nails it! I would say that Gwen is one of the few artists out there who is doing her own thing and is orginial, creative, smart, and a musicmaker. I believe if she can make her sophmore an even bigger surprise that she will be with us for a long time. Im hoping so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think gwen stefani is awesome and if she would have put out even a mediocre album i could have liked it. this album is impossible to like. its all fluff, with gwen ripping off from all different places and singing lame lyrics about "wicked style" and couture. garbage. complete garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved No Doubt's music from Tragic Kingdom and Return of Saturn, but this solo album is worse than most of the songs on Rock Steady. She should stick to singing with her group. Her vocals on this new album are weak and her lyrics too simple and superficial. Most of the producers on the album are not the best choices for Gwen Stefani debut album which had way to many collaborations and is not as consistent in quality as in her work in No Doubt. Altough this a solo album she should have stuck to the same style of music and the same producer as used with her group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Um, this is just really depressing Gwen. I used to be a fan, but now, you've made it almost impossible. I'll admit I was worried when you announced that a solo album was in your future. Now I can see I was right. I am VERY glad to hear that No Doubt won't be breaking up. Gwen NEEDS her guys! I keep reading that this is not an album Gwen could 've made with her band. Definitely not! No Doubt's music was so much fun, and it actually had some meaning to it. But this is so far from that. Please Gwen, spare us! You gave it a good effort, I'll give you that. But next time, don't try so hard. You were way more impressive when you actually had some class. You could do SO much better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just really easy to listen too. No Doubt tends to be a mood enhancer for me (esp when i'm in a bad one) but this is fun and light..a nice change. I love hallaback girls
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album stands from the ordinary pop stuff that we here on the radio nowadays. Gwen Stefani took some risks with a lot of the songs on L.A.M.B., and I think they mostly paid off. Some of them are a little on the weird side (ex..Harajuku Girls, and Bubble Pop Electric), but for the most part L.A.M.B is a step outside the box. It's not some tired, worn out pop album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why Gwen Stefani would ever record such weird, superficial music is beyond me. 'Bubble Pop Electric' is just plain annoying, with its talking intervals, and on the whole Gwen Stefani's voice often sounds thin, like it's been stretched over too many genres, perhaps, than she can handle: disco, hip-hop, rapping, singing. She's not as good as singer for all that, especially after her recent turn for the worst. Also, her obsession with 'Harajuku Girls'- her posse of Japanese dancing whores- and her repetitive mentioning of them in songs may aggravate listeners. Although her earnest sing alongs like 'This sh** is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!" (Hollaback Girl) and "Whatchoo waiting whatchoo waiting...etc" (What You Waiting For) may be funny to listen to, her constant tacky advertisements for her clothing line, LAMB, aren't. This CD is a definite dissapointment, especially for fans of No Doubt-era Stefani- aka, a singer with some kind of message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason that I didn't give this AWESOME cd five-stars was because for all the people looking for the No-Doubt vibe, you're not gonna get that on this CD. This album has a lot of good dancing tunes. I like No Doubt, but she's awesome as a solo artist, as well! I hope she goes farther with a Solo career! This album is awesome. Icould just keep playing it all day. My favorite songs on this are, of course, "What You Waiting For", "Luxurious", and "The Real Thing". Go listen for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love No Doubt and I love Gwen but this cd is not for everyone. It isn't the most moving and well written music on the market but it is upbeat,catchy and something to get you moving in the morning. Most of the lyrics do get old after a while (i.e harajuku,galliano,wicked,vivienne westwood) and the music can drive you up a wall with its incessant sampling. Also, it's a bit on the commercial side. The songs sound like commercials for Gwen and her LAMB line of clothing and handbags. Buyer beware...this isn't No Doubt, this is Gwen and it's fun music and nothing more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gwen should stick to her strengths and that being a lead vocals in a band, this solo venture is all over the place, the record feels like a collection of singles instead of an album, every song is different no ties to the next, and most of them are poorly done, and over produced, too many hands in the proverbial pot on this venture Miss Stefani
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all, i want to say to all the people that rated this cd before it came out-that you can't really accurately rate a cd based of one song. anywayz, we all know that gwen is different from anyone else in the industry. i think she found her own style; not necesscarily saying it's best for her-but i think she found her nitche and she's happy with it. i gave it 3 stars for effort and her collaborations. i'll admit that i did expect better but it is gwen and you can't really "expect" anything from her-she's so versitile. i like how she pulled an "aaliyah" on this album and just tried different music outside of what she's used to. i love the *isley brothers* sample on luxurious. i really hated "what you waiting for" at first but it grew on me. i really like crash. i like how it's got this whole 80s style to it. i also hated "hollaback girl" at first but that grew on me. i guess it was the addictive neptune's beat that got me. i don't know what exactly her obsession with harajuku girls is all about but i'm not sure if she had to waste on song about it. her song with andre 3000 "long way to go" is weird. well, i guess all i can really say about this album is that it is extremely weird and strange and interesting and some of it is addicting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
me as a male toughti would hate this album but since my sister bought it for herself and was playing it and playing it over again i grew to like some of the songs ,hollaback girl,rich girl,bubble pop electric are awesome songs and the rest are really good i recommend this album