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  • Summary: The third full-length solo studio release for the pop singer features a guest appearance from Fetty Wap and production from Greg Kurstin, Mattman & Robin, JR Rotem and Stargate.
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  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock
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Make Me Like You
Ah, ah ah ah ah, ah I was fine before I met you I was broken but fine I was lost and uncertain But my heart was still mine I was free before I met... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 91
    She wears her girlishness on her own terms, and here it feels truer--and sounds stronger--­than it has in years.
  2. Mar 16, 2016
    80
    If these Top 40 fixtures make the album feel in keeping with current radio pop, they don't crowd Stefani with unnecessary bells and whistles. Her singing--and, more important, what her singing is saying--is always front and center, which gives the music an intimate quality even at its most polished.
  3. Mar 18, 2016
    60
    The album has a rushed feel--a likable but low-personality version of her familiar bubble-pop solo mode, alternating between miffed breakup plaints (the Amy Winehouse tribute "Naughty") and gushy new-boyfriend songs.
  4. Q Magazine
    Apr 8, 2016
    60
    The over-sauced, finger-wagging Naughty might take the joyful retribution to far in the panto direction but I Will Survive update Me Without You and joyful dancefloor rebirth Rare prove that Stefani has lost none of her pop spirit. [Jun 2016, p.117]
  5. Mar 21, 2016
    59
    Stefani’s focus on the good times alternates with songs where she expresses cartoonish anger by awkwardly rapping and shouting non-sequiturs (“Naughty,” “Red Flag”), and neither mode plays to her strengths as a songwriter and signature vocalist. Her best songs are the ones in which she is audibly upset.
  6. Mar 17, 2016
    50
    The pop-rock of the album’s first half is relaxed, breezy, intimate, and dull; the twitching beatscapes of its back end are tense, fiery, theatrical, and void.
  7. 25
    There’s nothing even remotely inventive here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Oct 19, 2016
    10
    Sin duda, el mejor álbum del 2016, experimenta con sonidos nuevos, pero sin dejar a un lado el toque pop que la ha hecho tan famosa, unaSin duda, el mejor álbum del 2016, experimenta con sonidos nuevos, pero sin dejar a un lado el toque pop que la ha hecho tan famosa, una lástima su bajo rendimiento en las listas, pero sin duda un gran trabajo. Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Gorgeous,well produced album, Gwen's best solo album by far. Used To Love You is how you make a comeback.
  3. Mar 18, 2016
    10
    Gwen Stefani's first solo endeavor in 10 years, 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like', is an honest, smooth, and ultimately refreshing albumGwen Stefani's first solo endeavor in 10 years, 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like', is an honest, smooth, and ultimately refreshing album which documents the singer's recent events in her life (her divorce from Rossdale and new relationship with Shelton). On 'Where Would I Be', a reggae-pop gem, Stefani sings in a love fueled haze, stylistically reminiscent to her early days in No Doubt. Songs like 'Red Flag' and 'Naughty' seem to discuss her ex's infidelity and bring him to shame. The standout tracks are without a doubt 'Truth', a sweet, honest track where Stefani accepts the way her relationship has turned out, and 'Rare', a beautifully produced guitar driven, mid tempo track where Stefani sings about the new love she has found and how special it is to her. Without a doubt 'TIWTFL' is Stefani's best work as a solo artist and will hopefully be recognized as so. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2020
    9
    Álbum envolvente e verdadeiro, da primeira a última música percebe-se que faz parte de uma história de amor.
  5. Mar 22, 2016
    8
    A great album. I think I'm in the minority in thinking that Red Flag is perhaps the best track on the record (it's fun, interesting and hasA great album. I think I'm in the minority in thinking that Red Flag is perhaps the best track on the record (it's fun, interesting and has catchy beat). Send Me a Picture is the lowest point on the album.
    I just wish Gwen and her writers would consider not repeating EVERY LINE in her songs. Literally every verse repeats itself before going into the chorus, and most chorus' repeat the same line up to 4 times (Asking 4 It, Misery, Rare, Naughty).
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  6. Apr 18, 2016
    6
    Après avoir tâté le terrain avec quelques singles qui sont passés inaperçus, Gwen Stefani est de retour. 10 ans après son dernier album, elleAprès avoir tâté le terrain avec quelques singles qui sont passés inaperçus, Gwen Stefani est de retour. 10 ans après son dernier album, elle propose des sons efficaces rappelant certains de ses anciens titres tout en étant ancrés dans leurs temps.

    Pistes à retenir: Misery, Truth, Used To Love You, Me Without You, Getting Warmer, Loveable.
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  7. Mar 27, 2016
    0
    9s and 10s? lol You kidding me? This is one of the most boring pop albums i've heard this year. The lyrics are so over the top and9s and 10s? lol You kidding me? This is one of the most boring pop albums i've heard this year. The lyrics are so over the top and melodramatic at times, and other times she tries to bring the glory back from her past albums. It was just a complete fail IMO.

    PS. click on my username and see my other reviews of music and games.
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