Gwen Stefani’s This Is What The Truth Feels Like - What You Need To Know
Gwen Stefani, whether she’s on her own or fronting No Doubt, likes to take her time over things. Her new album This Is What The Truth Feels Like (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page) hits CD shelves today and arrives a full 10 years after her last solo outing The Sweet Escape and it’s not like things move any quicker with No Doubt, who left it 11 years between their last two LPs. But, that said, This Is What The Truth Feels Like is finally here and we’ve got everything you need to know about it…
A Little Background…
Part of the reason it’s taken Stefani so long to get this album together is other commitments, she’s worked on The Voice as well as her time with No Doubt, but another is that this album seemed all ready to go in early 2015, only for the singer to scrap it and start again.
After her first single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ didn’t deliver the impact she had desired, she went back to the drawing board. The album, which had been executive produced by Benny Blanco and look set to feature tracks written with Sia, Charli XCX and Pharrell Williams, was ditched entirely.
So she started again, this time working towards This Is What The Truth Feels Like….
Who’s Producing It?
She might have junked her sessions with Williams and Blanco, but Stefani has still got the big names in for this new album. Greg Kurstin, probably best known for his work with Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and P!nk, is all over the album, as is Justin Tranter, who helped Selena Gomez pen a sizeable chunk of her LP Revival.
Also present are Swedish duo Mattman & Robin, Julia Michaels, whose credits include Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Love Myself’, and J.R. Rotem, a frequent collaborator with Jason Derulo and one of the key songwriters on smash hit TV series Empire.
Any Special Guests?
An all-star writing line-up, but just one guest, Fetty Wap, who helps out on ‘Asking 4 It’.
What Does It Sound Like?
It’s fair to say that this album is a little more straightforward than Stefani’s previous work. There are no Sound Of Music samples or Harajuku Girls, just powerpop with some enormous choruses. This is an album more in the vein of Sia, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry than anything else.
Does It Deliver?
It’s more straightforward pop, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less worthy than her previous efforts. These songs will be stuck in your head for days and days.