The Sweet Escape

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  • Summary: The singer's second solo set features production work by Nellee Hooper, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and Dave Stewart.

Top Track

4 In The Morning
Wakin' up to find another day The moon got lost again last night But now the sun has finally had its say I guess I feel alright But it hurts when I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. It's the kind of album that drifts through '80s poolside jams and breathy trunk-bump bangers in all the best ways.
  2. There's such effortlessness in the confident pop music making here you get the sense she could keep knocking out hits this way in her sleep.
  3. Billboard
    70
    All spun together it works well, and maybe even better than on the debut. [16 Dec 2006]
  4. Blender
    60
    Stefani gets her groove back when she sticks to two essentials: sex and the Neptunes. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.88]
  5. No one listens to Gwen Stefani to hear her rap. Or sing a sentimental power ballad. In fact, if there’s a Gwen song that can’t be described by putting two (or more) genres together, I’d suggest skipping it altogether.
  6. Escape‘s songwriting is woefully thin.
  7. Even Linda Perry, Swizz Beatz, Nellee Hooper and the Neptunes have their share of duff tracks, and it appears that's all they had to offer when Stefani came calling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 83
  2. Negative: 22 out of 83
  1. Aug 8, 2016
    10
    "The sweet escape" remains one of the best albums of Ms Stefani, the divergeance is incredible include all different styles but this mixture"The sweet escape" remains one of the best albums of Ms Stefani, the divergeance is incredible include all different styles but this mixture wonder is always something that stopped me in this creation, it is really great Expand
  2. paulac
    Dec 10, 2006
    10
    This album is so catchy i loved it although there are some songs that i wasnt particularly fond of they all were sweet i hope she keeps This album is so catchy i loved it although there are some songs that i wasnt particularly fond of they all were sweet i hope she keeps making more cds like this their all so catchy and u cant stop singing them. Expand
  3. andrewarctic
    Feb 17, 2007
    9
    best pop album of 2007
  4. JerrodL.
    Dec 4, 2006
    8
    The Sweet Escape is great. Its highs may not be as high as those on L.A.M.B. but it doesn't have as many low points as that album did. The Sweet Escape is great. Its highs may not be as high as those on L.A.M.B. but it doesn't have as many low points as that album did. Pharrell's productions on The Sweet Escape are overshadowed by songs by Swizz Beatz, Akon, Nellee Hooper and Tony Kanal. Overall, it's a mindless fun CD. Expand
  5. RandyB
    Dec 6, 2006
    6
    THE SWEET ESCAPE, Gwen Stefani's follow-up to her multiplatinum debut solo album L.A.M.B. is point blank another perfect guilty pleasure THE SWEET ESCAPE, Gwen Stefani's follow-up to her multiplatinum debut solo album L.A.M.B. is point blank another perfect guilty pleasure candidate. To start off, you have to have a fondness for Gwen's quirky Debbie Harry-esque lyrical indulgences and genre-switching tendencies to really appreciate this album. Without it, the majority of THE SWEET ESCAPE will just get on your nerves. That said, it's Gwen's personality that carries songs such as hit "Wind It Up", "Orange County Girl" and "Breakin' Up". If they had been recorded by someone else (such as Fergie) the songs would have been unbearable; "Wind It Up" for example is eventually infectious and grows on you with it's Sound of Music sampling, but there are parts of the song that still remain horrid after you've learned to like it, and it's only my soft spot for Gwen that made me give the song more than one chance. Not surprisingly it's her collaborations with frequent No Doubt producer Nellee Hooper that provide the album's best tracks. "Wonderful Life" is wonderful indeed, and the gorgeous ballad "Early Winter" is a nearly genius song. THE SWEET ESCAPE has a different vibe from L.A.M.B. and is unfortunately less fun as well, but that doesn't mean it's not fun at all. The thing that bugs me the most when discussing these solo projects is people saying how much better her work with No Doubt was, how she "sold out" and went pop. While her lyrical contributions to No Doubt were of a better quality most of the time, songs such as "Makin' Out" from 2001's much overrated ROCK STEADY are just as dumb and frivolous as anything off of L.A.M.B. and THE SWEET ESCAPE. It's not like Gwen was in a band like Hole and then suddenly decided to usurp Madonna's crown. There was always this poppy side to her waiting to fully explode. What many people fail to realize is that these albums are about having fun with a musical project, not about making artistic statements-Gwen was never trying to make VESPERTINE. At 47 minutes THE SWEET ESCAPE is a breezy listen. If you let it, it just might carry you away with it's sweet oddity. Expand
  6. NickM
    Mar 1, 2007
    3
    I never bought this cd with the intention of hearing highly sophisticated lyrics, all i really expected was some catchy tunes, much like her I never bought this cd with the intention of hearing highly sophisticated lyrics, all i really expected was some catchy tunes, much like her first solo, which i thought was amazing. however this cd mostly had lame beats, and lyrics that were so horrible that at some points it made me cringe. sorry gwen, but ya shoulda stuck with just one solo like ya said ya would. Expand
  7. Devin
    Dec 5, 2006
    0
    Throw one more on the pile of treasonous, unlistenable garbage from Gwen Stefani's recent years. Once one of the most compelling female Throw one more on the pile of treasonous, unlistenable garbage from Gwen Stefani's recent years. Once one of the most compelling female figures in all of mainstream music, Gwen seems to be doing all she can to bury her personality under a thick coat of gloss and thumping beats. Wheras her voice once spoke of both power and pathos, it now falls flat on track after track, lifeless and soulless. Did Gwen homogenize herself willingly, or is she yet another victim of bad decisionmaking by her record label? Either way, on Sweet Escape, Stefani is even less than a shadow of her former self. She's a shadow of every other cloying, disposable female booty-shaker out there. Expand

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