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  • Summary: The solo debut for the No Doubt vocalist features an eclectic group of guests, including Martin Gore, Andre 3000, The Neptunes, New Order, Wendy & Lisa and Dr. Dre.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Welcome to the hottest, coolest, best-dressed pop album of the year.
  2. One of the most frivolously brilliant slabs of shiny retro-pop anyone's had the chutzpah to release all year. [20 Nov 2004, p.56]
  3. It's too club-centric, too fashion-obsessed, too willfully weird to be a No Doubt album... a glitzy, wild ride that's stranger and often more entertaining than nearly any other mainstream pop album of 2004.
  4. And while LAMB is adventurous and playful--with nary a ska-punk riddim to be found--it's when Gwen reaches back and goes totally '80s that the CD reverberates with unwavering charm.
  5. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. has been acclaimed as a bright-and-shiny pop-music tour-de-force, but once the initial thrilling rush of the stylistic sheen and artistic conception has abated, the album seems too fragmented to be anointed as such.
  6. The fascinating thing about Gwen Stefani’s record is not how different it sounds from No Doubt, but how similar it sounds to the producers that she works with and how their collaborations usually fall flat because of the rehashing of tired ideas and plodding predictability of her arrangements.
  7. It is pure fluff. And pretty awful fluff at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 111
  2. Negative: 14 out of 111
  1. Nov 7, 2012
    10
    This Album Is One Of The Most Creative Albums I Have Ever Heard! Love Her Voice! Best Debut Album Of 2004!
  2. CarmenM
    Dec 21, 2004
    10
    I think Gwen is fabulous, beautiful, and fun!! She is a creative and original artist I think she did a wonderful job!
  3. MikeK
    May 23, 2005
    10
    I love the kick back to the 80's on a lot of the songs. And I think a lot of the "stranger" sounding songs, are the BEST! (ie: Hollaback I love the kick back to the 80's on a lot of the songs. And I think a lot of the "stranger" sounding songs, are the BEST! (ie: Hollaback Girl, Bubble Pop Electric, Crash...) Expand
  4. DaveS
    Nov 22, 2004
    9
    This is some great 80's/90's pop, like Madonna at her best.
  5. CrystalC
    Jan 19, 2005
    9
    it is very reminscent of madonna
  6. trixiebeever
    Jan 24, 2005
    7
    Great hooks, but overly materialistic and sometimes embarassing lyrics (you listening Andre 3000? That last track is cringe-inducing!). The Great hooks, but overly materialistic and sometimes embarassing lyrics (you listening Andre 3000? That last track is cringe-inducing!). The best stuff is the gorgeous 80's love song The Real Thing, the first single, and the bad-ass cheerleader anthem Hollaback Girl. But what's with all the call-outs of Gwen's & Eve's clothing lines? The repetition of Galliano & Westwood's names is bad enough, but I kinda resent feeling like the CD I just bought is trying to sell me more stuff so blatantly. Overall, a little more intriguing than it is irritating, but props for some big originality. Expand
  7. ValerieM
    Dec 27, 2004
    0
    This album is terrible. The lyrics are lame (they sound like they were written by my little sister) and everything is so empty, shallow, and This album is terrible. The lyrics are lame (they sound like they were written by my little sister) and everything is so empty, shallow, and hard to relate to. in short, I love Gwen, but her album completely sucks. Expand

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