Gwen Stefani
The Sweet Escape
(Interscope)
One gets the distinct impression Stefani’s sophomore solo effort is more a response to releases from Fergie and Paris than an album that is close to her heart. She claims this is a far more personal album than the severely overplayed and vapid Love. Angel. Music. Baby. But the depth of The Sweet Escape is hard to find. LAMB was a vanity project of sorts, a natural progression for Stefani from her role as frontwoman for No Doubt; The Sweet Escape is a lateral move that fails to reveal any substance. Tracks such as “Orange County Girl” and “Don’t Get it Twisted” are as substantive as cotton candy. The only Sweet Escape here is the stop button.
—Trevor Savory

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