The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
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  • Summary: The singer's second solo set features production work by Nellee Hooper, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and Dave Stewart.
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. Few mainstream artists can hope to produce an album as wonderfully weird as The Sweet Escape.
  4. While The Sweet Escape is not as garishly over-the-top as its predecessor, Stefani maintains an admirably off-kilter sound, catchy yet electronically edgy. [Feb 2007, p.106]
  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. The trouble is that in the two years since Love Angel Music Baby she doesn't seem to have moved on or evolved at all.
  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: 51 out of 82
  2. Negative: 22 out of 82
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    9
    I love it! With songs like "Orange County Girl", "Don't Get It Twisted", and "Breakin' Up", what's not to love? Gwen is a much better solo singer than in No Doubt. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    The songs that are best are The Sweet escape , Early winter , 4 in the morning , Don't get it twisted and Wonderful life The other songs are ok and good but the worst song is breaking up which is totally stupid but ignore that its a good album :) Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2012
    8
    I Like This Album Alot! I Do Feel Like A Few Of The Songs Felt Rushed Which Effected This Album With Critic's And Fans.. But I Really Enjoyed It Alot! Gwen If Fore Sure Not Going Down Hill! Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2013
    8
    Cementing herself as a pop staple with her debut, L.A.M.B., Stefani returns with a sophomore album that boasts as an athenaeum of marriage between zany dance-pop and classic slow-jam. Tracks such as Wind It Up, Breakin' Up, and Yummy are bizarre, jarring, and alien to the mainstream pop world. But with glistening production and perfect execution, Stefani delivers avant-garde in a time when pop was lacking such. The Sweet Escape is equally solidified by the aforementioned slow-jams. With tracks such as Fluorescent and U Started It, balancing out the upbeat circus that precedes them. In album where the product is complete, Early Winter and Wonderful Life beg to steal the show, as planets in a sky of stars. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2012
    8
    Just A Great Classic Album!
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    5
    This album actually isn't a particularly "bad" album. It just has some major flaws. Highlight tracks: "Early Winter", "Sweet Escape", "4 in the Morning", "Wonderful Life", "Now That You Got It." Expand

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