After her success as the vocalist of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani finally released her first album, which prior to this, she was featured in some songs by other artists. “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”, or simply called as “L.A.M.B.” contains pop songs with electropop, R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall tunes, something different from what she did in her earlier career with No Doubt. The album was successful after going multi-platinum, particularly in America.
What You Waiting For?
Gwen Stefani brought out a different sound in this debut solo single of her. “What You Waiting For?” gave us an electropop sound with dance. It became a hit worldwide , especially in Europe where it reached top 10. In America, it was a moderated hit when it peaked inside the top 50.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10
Rich Girl (ft. Eve)
Gwen Stefani reunited with rapper Eve after collaborating together with Eve’s hit “Let Me Blow Your Mind”, a hit hip-hop track in 2001. The song is a reggae / dancehall track which became a hit worldwide reaching the top 10 in every country including United Kingdom where it peaked at number 3, and top 10 in the US.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10
“Hollaback Girl” served as the third single from “L.A.M.B.” and became Gwen Stefani’s third consecutive hit. The song became Gwen’s first number one hit Billboard Hot 100, while it reached the top 10 anywhere. It is a different tune from her as it was a hip-hop track and something can be sung in cheering competitions
Rate: 8.25 out of 10
“Cool” is a pop song with 80’s influence in it. According to Gwen, it is about being good friends with your ex and being in good relationship with their respective partners which pertains to bandmate Tony Kanal. The song went to top 20 in many countries.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10
“Luxurious” is an R&B song in a subtle way compared to her more upbeat previous singles. It managed to hit the charts but at lower positions compared to her previous four singles.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10
“Crash” is the final single from “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”, and it charted in America. It was a good song and I think it is better than “Luxurious”.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10
Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
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