Review: This Is What The Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani

This Is What The Truth Feels Like by Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani’s third solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, is, well, hard to comprehend. Or maybe it’s my preconceptions. Gwen’s solo stuff has been an exploration of pop trends presented with a quirky personality, although that really worked best in her debut, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, and not so much in its follow-up, The Sweet Escape. But this album was predicated on it being a break-up record, having been mostly written around the time of her split with Gavin Rossdale and eventual romance with Blake Shelton. So, which Gwen Stefani should you expect? It’s not like she can’t merge both – the first half of the album is a pretty earnest exploration of her situation, if you can get past the pop exploration thing. But by the second half, where she gets “happy”, you tend to focus on the music and wonder why she hasn’t gone back to her lovably loopy self. But you can’t call it confused; that’s being mean considering the context. Gwen somewhat ends up exploring who she really is on this album, and the result is understandably tentative, save for when she really opens up. [NB]3/5

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