Love.Angel.Music.Baby. [Deluxe Edition]

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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498638514
  • Catalog Number: 000347002
  • Sales rank: 294,851

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 Guitar
Jimmy Jam Bass, Bass Guitar
Kevin Kendricks Piano, Keyboards
Wendy Melvoin Guitar
Aaron Mills Bass
Linda Perry Guitar, Keyboards
Rick Sheppard MIDI Design
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
Greg Collins Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
André 3000 Keyboards, Vocals
Seven Vocals
Lee Groves Keyboards
Sheldon Conrich Keyboards
Zoey Martin Background Vocals
Johnny Vulture Guitar, Keyboards
Seven Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Dr. Dre Producer, Audio Production
Dallas Austin Composer, Producer, Audio Production
M. Batson Composer
J. Bock Composer
Johnny Copeland Illustrations, Logo Illustration
John Frye Engineer
Nellee Hooper Producer, Audio Production
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Audio Production
Terry Lewis Producer
Colin Mitchell Engineer
Linda Perry Composer, Programming, Guitar Engineer, Keyboard Engineer
Rick Sheppard Engineer, Sound Design
Mark "Spike" Stent Producer
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
The Neptunes Producer
Chad Hugo Composer
Greg Collins Engineer
Jolie Clemens Art Direction
Cutmaster Swift Cut
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Ian Rossiter Engineer
Pete Novak Engineer
Ewan Pearson Programming
André 3000 Producer, Audio Production
Matt Marrin Engineer
Ray Ibe Web Service
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
Courtney Holt Media Consultant
Sam Littlemore Programming
Nicole Frantz Photo Coordination
Jason Lader Programming, Engineer
Johnny Vulture Programming, Producer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Ian Cross Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most amazing CD EVER!

    We all knew No Doubt was awesome, but it totally blew me away how cool Gwen Stefani could be on her own! This CD is filled with delicious ear candy, its the kind of album you can listen to start to finish and not get bored! Every song has its own flavor, and every song's flavor is more delicious then the last! I couldn't recommend any CD or artist more then Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. Here's the breakdown... 1. What You Waiting For?- Mind-blowingly awesome dance track, great way to start the album off! 2. Rich Girl- This is Gwen's spin on classic mainstream pop. 3. Hollaback Girl- If you haven't heard this song, you are a Martian! 4. Cool- Taking it down a notch, this is a fun yet mellow song with great lyrics! 5. Bubble Pop Electric- One of the wierder tracks, its just plain cool! 6. Luxurious- A Stefanified love song, this is another calmer track 7. Harajuku Girls- Even wierder then Bubble Pop Electric, this song makes me laugh everytime I hear it! 8. Crash- With a more hip-hop sound, this is for you if you're a fan of that genre of music. 9. The Real Thing- My least favorite track on the CD, but it still has its worth if slow songs are your thing! 10. Serious- This is totally 80s! 11. Danger Zone- Kinda similar to Serious... 12. Long Way To Go- The cherry on top of a great sundae, this is more of a political message then a song, but its still fun. So What You Waiting For? Buy this CD now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!! and read my review

    I have this exact CD and i think it's lyrics are unique and perfectly written. Gwen and her producers etc. couldn't have put together a better CD. The sound of the songs itself gets you hyped. They're very different and each song holds it's own theme and meaning. I just love this CD and artist!!

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