BSO Reviews ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’

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For the first time, we here at Beacon Street Online present our review and takeaways from Gwen’s latest and new solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. We’ve broken down the whole album (including the 5 bonus songs) and ranked the tracks and came out with an estimated average for each and the album itself. All of the opinions and scores are based on what we here at BSO (Jenny, Dave, Tyler, MB, Christina and Geo) think. To determine our scores, we each ranked all tracks out of 5 and then averaged our scores for each and the album as a whole. All fans are entitled to their own opinions (including us) and we would love to hear your feedback and favorites.

If you’re wanting to listen and experience Truth for yourself, STOP READING and come back to discuss once you’ve taken it all in! This post obviously includes major spoilers for the album itself and all the songs.

SPOILERS!

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

If we had to describe This Is What the Truth Feels Like in one word, we would say powerful. Gwen is back and her new-found confidence radiates throughout the entire album from start to finish. Truth may feature some of her best writing and we can tell that she didn’t hold back. The album flows really nicely and the production is stellar.

The whole album is so personal down to the album artwork and liner notes. Gwen’s own handwriting and doodles are featured throughout the booklet and covers and the photo shoot is like a step back in time to the Marilyn Monroe era. Gwen really took the time with Truth on not only it’s musical direction but down to the art itself.

As far as singles go, this album is full of them, and makes us excited for the future. Truth is full of bangers and we could see a few of them doing well on the radio such as “Where Would I Be?”, “Send Me a Picture” and a song that sounds like it was made for the radio waves, “Asking 4 It” featuring chart-topping rapper Fetty Wap. These songs are super catchy (though maybe a little repetitive in parts), but they are so fun and the production is top-notch. Truth does have a couple of tracks that ooze attitude and are pure Gwen in a sense that they are unpredictable and over-the-top with “Red Flag” and “Naughty”.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

It’s incredible and satisfying as a fan that has followed and admired her for so many years to wade in her happiness with songs like “You’re My Favorite” and “Rare”. It’s true, we haven’t heard true “happy” songs from Gwen in a really, really long time (I mean, we’re talking since “Stricken”). Thinking back, though Rock Steady did have a few “love” songs on the album (“Underneath It All” comes to mind), they were always sprinkled with doubt and insecurities. She faces those doubts head on with Truth, and on a personal level, we were blown away by her honesty and rawness in which we didn’t know what to expect.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Misery” / Score: 3.7/5

“Enough, enough of this suffering / Hurry up, come see me / Put me out of my misery”

With it’s unique bass line, “Misery” is a great track to kick off the album and sets a precedent of what to expect: emotionally driven lyrics and stellar production. Fans were anxiously waiting for a taste of the track after Gwen first mentioned it as a potential single late last year. “Misery” delivered and the lyrics seem like they were taken straight from her diary (even though it does get a little repetitive).

“You’re My Favorite” / Score: 4/5

“Momma, can I keep him? / I promise I’ll take care of him”

“You’re My Favorite” is a standout track. The song delivers unique production and interesting tempos throughout with a somewhat haunting charm. “You’re My Favorite” gives us a slick ’90s R&B vibe and that synth used in the song sounds pretty damn magical.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Where Would I Be?” / Score: 4.4/5 (Christina’s Favorite)

“I just love on you now / I guess that’s just what I’m gonna do now”

We see “Where Would I Be?” as a potential single from the album. With it’s poppy-reggae vibe (reminds us of Lily Allen a little), it sounds like a perfect party song and is quintessential Gwen in 2016. When the bridge comes in, we’re taken back to Gwen’s holler-chant in “Hollaback Girl”, then she smooths back in with a warm vocal delivery. As expected as the song may have been, it’s totally unexpected and really fun.

“Make Me Like You” / Score: 4/5

“Hey, wait a minute / You’re on me like jewelry / I really like it but I’m so scared”

“Make Me Like You” is pop perfection and it stands out as one of the bright spots on Truth. The song is super fun and catchy and the disco-esque vibe is addicting and a refreshing sound from Gwen. Her vocal delivery on the track is so sweet and innocent which blends well with production.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Truth” / Score: 4.5/5 (Tyler’s Favorite)

“They’re all gonna say I’m rebounding / So rebound all over me / Cause I don’t want nobody else”

“Truth” is one of Gwen’s best songs. From the super personal lyrics to the incredible instrumental, the whole song feels organic and honest. It tugs on our heartstrings for sure and the production and delivery gives us chills. It’s great to have a song like this from Gwen that really showcases her talent as a songwriter and true artist. And we’re so incredibly happy for Gwen for coming such a long way. We can’t say enough about “Truth”. It’s beautiful and we’re feeling it.

“Used To Love You” / Score: 3.5/5

“I thought I was the best thing to ever happen to you / Now look at what you lost”

Gwen’s debut single from Truth, “Used To Love You” was praised by critics and fans for being one of her most personal songs in years. “Used To Love You” still stands out as one of the album’s most intimate tracks and holds a special place for us due to it kickstarting everything off in the right direction. MAIZE also remixed the track (which Interscope released as the official remix) and it came across just as powerful as the original. But after stacking “Used To Love You” up against the rest of the album, it came in as one of the weaker tracks for us.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Send Me a Picture” / Score: 3.3/5

“Are you looking online? / Are you looking at me? / Been thinking of you / Are you thinking of me?”

“Send Me a Picture” is fun, flirty and breezy and the beat reminds us of “Don’t Get It Twisted”. It’s also hard not to hear Major Lazer’s “Lean On” a little once you’ve compared the two (not like that’s a bad thing) but the track came in towards the bottom for us, too.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Red Flag” / Score: 3.8/5

“Big mistake / Red flags fly / Right there, but I close my eyes / Carelessly I let it slide…”

The production on “Red Flag” is CRAZY! Notably known as one of the first songs Gwen wrote after heading back into the studio after her split from her ex-husband, the lyrics are intense and angry. It’s an entirely new sound from Gwen but oddly familiar. The orchestral strings add an eerie sound to the track alongside the thumping bass and rhythmic vocal delivery. It’s incredible but we can see how some wouldn’t dig it — from Gwen yelling out “This is your punishment!” to hearing her sob in the background. Whatever it is, it’s totally her and we love her for taking the risk.

“Asking 4 It” (feat. Fetty Wap) / Score: 3.8/5

“I know it’s a lot to handle me / But it is what it is / It’s all apart of my broken history”

“Asking 4 It” is the most urban song on Truth and has all the key ingredients to be a radio smash. Gwen is joined by chart-topping rapper Fetty Wap and the beat is pretty addictive. The chorus is super catchy and repetitive (which is good for radio!) and has a few special moments throughout including the off-beat synth and smooth breakdowns. Even though it’s hard to understand a word from Fetty Wap, he’s actually cool to hear on the track and an unexpected pleasant surprise.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Naughty” / Score: 4.2/5 (Jenny’s Favorite)

“Thinking that nobody, nobody, nobody knows / But I’ve got your number, I’ve got your codes / This ain’t the first time at the rodeo, hello?”

“Naughty” comes off as a huge Broadway production number and we’re sold. From all the interesting sounds, shapes, deliveries, tempo changes — it’s another track on Truth that is so true to Gwen — and one like “Red Flag” that might split fans down the middle. That piano! Those lyrics! The lyrics are so catchy and sassy and her confidence radiates throughout the track it’s hard not to feel the song in your bones. Her vocal delivery flashbacks us back to her vibrato that we’ve always freaked out over.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Me Without You” / Score: 4.1/5 (Dave’s Favorite)

“Watch me breathe without you / Things are about to get real good”

“Me Without You” is a true testament to Gwen’s strength as a person and songwriter. The raw emotion she delivers really conveys that she’s here to stay and back better than ever. She’s finally free of the burdens that have been holding her back and it’s really empowering to hear. “Me Without You” just makes us want to belt out lyrics along with her and we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to enjoy the track live one day.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Rare” / Score: 4/5 (Geo’s Favorite)

“I feel worthless / I’ve been hurt so bad / I get nervous you won’t love me back”

Like “Truth”, “Rare” features some of Gwen’s best lyrics in awhile and is an ode to her new beau and how special he is to her. The melodies and music are gorgeous and Gwen’s waving vocals are simply stunning. The music to us sounds like a perfect mesh of what she’s known for but is so fresh at the same time. “Rare” soars and gives us an intimate look into Gwen’s heart and leaves a lasting impression as the album’s final track (on the US standard edition).

“Rocket Ship” / Score: 3.6/5

“I’m taking this rocket ship to the moon and damn my whole crew coming with me”

Another track with pretty insane production, “Rocket Ship” is really fun. Gwen’s vocal delivery is really impressive and the hook is incredibly catchy. The song has a few different working parts but translates smoothly and fresh.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Getting Warmer” / Score: 4.2/5

“Maybe this time, yeah I might get it right if you let me / So let me / Am I getting warmer?”

“Getting Warmer” should have made the album. It’s near perfect in all aspects from the lyrics and melodies to the incredible production throughout. We could see “Getting Warmer” being a huge hit for Gwen and it’s just so freaking good. Her soft vocals on the music box-like track and thumping bass is out of this world and comes across as effortless.

“Obsessed” / Score: 3.5/5

“What planet am I on? / I’m only human / I’m about to lose my mind”

“Obsessed” brings us back to the L.A.M.B. album with it’s kookiness and ’80s dance club charm. Gwen’s flirty lyrics and vocal delivery is really fun — “Obsessed” is simply about Gwen being obsessed with a new relationship and finding herself feeling certain feelings again years later (and pulling over to text on the road). She’s enjoying herself and it really shows on “Obsessed”. The chorus is really catchy and fun to sing along to! Plus that accent Gwen uses during the bridge is fantastic.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Splash” / Score: 2.8/5

“I’m gonna take a risk, skinny dip / Cause I see you’re on the loose”

While some of the melodies are interesting and pretty, we can understand how “Splash” wasn’t included on the standard edition. Gwen’s vocals are on-point on “Splash”, but the track just doesn’t standout among the rest of the album. “Splash” is fun with sexy lyrics, but collectively came in as our least favorite.

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

“Loveable” / Score: 4.4/5 (Maribeth’s Favorite)

“Can you handle it? / Someone else on my lips? / Can you handle that, eh?”

It’s unfortunate enough this song didn’t make the final album, but worse, it’s only available on international deluxe editions. “Loveable” is incredible and features some of Gwen’s most intense and gorgeous vocal deliveries in recent memories. The lyrics are strong, sassy and powerful and a direct reference to moving on mentally and physically. We love the breakdown which kind of reminds us of a Garbage song (Gwen’s vocals do come across as a little Shirley Manson-esque at some point) — and we love it. So much. The dark synths are just icing on the cake, too. It’s something new from Gwen and comes across (in our opinion) as one of the highlights and most gut-wrenching tracks on Truth.

“War Paint” / Score: 3.7/5

“Decorate my skin / Some scars you can’t just cover up / Here I am again / This time I’ve just have had enough”

“War Paint” is a unique track all on it’s own and features a very tribal influenced sound not found on the rest of the album. It’s really interesting and we’re kind of digging the drums and male chants throughout. It’s a shame this track may be impossible for most fans to obtain since it’s only available on the Japanese edition of Truth. “War Paint”‘s lyrics are powerful and Gwen is in top form with her vocal delivery. Seriously, why was this not included at least on the deluxe edition?

Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani
Photo courtesy of Interscope/Gwen Stefani

OVERALL / Score: 3.9/5

Overall for us, Truth was definitely worth the wait. The album is full of whimsical charm and empowering tracks and comes across as great achievement for Gwen. From smitten kitten to angry roars, Gwen takes us on rollercoaster of emotions with honesty, truth and left nothing to the imagination.

With tracks like “Red Flag”, “Naughty” and “Me Without You”, Gwen vented and gave fans the “angry” tracks that they were expecting and looking forward to. She’s always been someone that “got us” growing up and somehow always knew what we were all thinking and was able to convey it. But it’s not just the lyrics that sparked our interests — it was the interesting and unexpected (not to mention polished) productions. She’s right, the team that she notably worked with her along the way consistently (including J.R. Rotem, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and Raja Kumari) really understood her and took the project seriously for what it was and it shows. Truth is solid throughout and really delivered something special.

And the album leaves us excited for more and what’s next. No, we’re not chomping at the bit for another album soon but just for Gwen’s next chapter. She seems like she’s in such an incredible place and we couldn’t be any more proud and happier for her for making it this far. Gwen doesn’t owe us anything at this point and we feel incredibly grateful to her for returning to what she loves and sharing the finished product with everyone who has had her back along the way. Songs like “Rare”, “You’re My Favorite” and “Where Would I Be?” are just as powerful and it’s incredible to hear her reflect and open up from a happy place for a change.

Review written solely for Beacon Street Online by Jenny and features input and rankings from the BSO staff.

70 thoughts on “BSO Reviews ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’

    1. Thank you so much! It was a huge undertaking but a lot of fun. I’m thinking about doing the other albums, too — just revisiting them again would be neat!

  1. I am happy with the album– but I was hoping for a little more with the lyrics- something more like RoS. I am less enthusiastic about the highly repetitive songs.

    1. Have you heard Red Flag, Naughty and Loveable? The sung parts definitely bring me back to RoS. Of course it’s going to be braggadocios and pop but there is something for everyone on this album! Wasn’t expecting that at all at this point in her career! 🙂

          1. If you ever found out how to hear those songs, please let me know. I’m dying to listen to them!

  2. How do you come up with the score? Is it random or at the numbers based on a rating system?

    In my opinion this is Gwen’s best album. I loved her other two, but there were a lot of cheesy, fluff songs on those. I think this album is perfect (but haven’t heard the bonus songs yet).

    I would give this album a 5/5. Based on Gwen’s previous solo work. It definitely exceeded my expectations!

  3. Awesome review! I haven’t listened to the album enough to rate each song yet but I do feel it’s her 2nd most consistent solo album and doesn’t contain fillers like TSE did (Orange County Girl, Breaking Up) but I’m not sure there’s any songs that can reach the heights of Early Winter, Wonderful Life or The Sweet Escape for me. So I’d say they are both on an even playing field. LAMB is still flawless and nothing will ever touch it in my opinion though.

  4. Asking 4 It and Truth are the only album songs charting on the itunes pop chart now. Asking 4 It should definitely be the next single!

  5. Loved the reviews agreed with most wish I could hear all of the other songs like war paint … I’m happy Used to Love You is one of the weakest because it was already si good. . The album is fun ..and I’m happy for it … Rare and Where would I Be ? I can’t get enouh of …

  6. Jenny and company very thoughtful and well- written review. I could not agree more.
    I wrote my thoughts and submitted before reading yours, then they were lost when I mis-typed my email….and I had written the same thing about Naughty being so Broadway, that I could see Gwen actually being on Broadway and wonder if she had ever thought of that, she would be great.

    1. Loveable is one of the top 10 best tracks and is about her moving on with blake from gavin. One of the best written and most catchy choruses on the album! I hope everyone is able to here it asap

  7. ^ yes! I keep checking to see if loveable audio is in YouTube or something. I’m dying to hear it!!!!

  8. Mostly agree but keep on eye on Splash… Thought it was mildly interesting at first but its becoming my favorite song actually. Grower for sure.

  9. Nice review! This album is definitely a grower. And the production on some songs are really good. My personal favorite right now is Naughty. That song is just so Gwen. Compared to other two solo albums, I think Truth comes in second behind LAMB. I’ll keep listening and maybe my favorite song choice would change.

  10. Truth has been spinning in my head for the whole afternoon. It’s a shame I can’t purchase the album immediately since I’m in China. Maybe I should order it online from the overseas stores.

  11. I have to say that unexpectedly Splash grew on me A LOT. The song is freaking weird, the dancehall style vocals on the chorus are bonkers and what about the CRAZY guitar solo…. I hated the song at first but now it’s one of my faves. The heavy chorus on Obsessed is also otherworldly. Rocket Ship is the only song that sounds generic and not “Gwen-ish” to me.

  12. Great review and I agree with many things you wrote. I am not quite sold on Asking 4 It being a good single choice, though… I feel like this is exactly the kind of style the general public doesn’t want to hear from Gwen anymore (see the poor reception of STF). I don’t know… I feel like urban Gwen is a thing of the past and when it comes to singles they should go all pop.

  13. 1. Misery ***
    2. You’re My Favorite *****
    3. Where Would I Be? ******
    4. Make Me Like You ****
    5. Truth ****
    6. Used To Love You ***
    7. Send Me a Picture *****
    8. Red Flag *
    9. Asking 4 It (Feat. Fetty Wap) ****
    10. Naughty ***
    11. Me Without You ****
    12. Rare *****

    1. What I’m curious about is if any of them would change their rating after listening to the album more. I know I’ve changed my opinion on a few songs since yesterday!

  14. So many I like I am having a hard time narrowing down my favorites. Most I usually like on anyone’s album is 4 but I like all of Gwen’s plus the bonus ones.
    I think it is a brilliante album and wonder if other artists are impressed and wonder how she wrote these and was able to get the album competed quickly.
    Genius Gwen.

  15. All the songs really grew on me except for Rocket Ship. All the other songs sound really Gwen-ish for me, but Rocket sounds like it could have been sung by Ariana Grande or Fifth Harmony. I realize it’s a banger but it’s just not Gwen enough for my taste, it’s the only song I deleted.

    1. I agree…after listening to the album on repeat for what seems like a million times in the past 2 days, Rocket Ship is the one I just can’t get into.

      1. My opinions on the album are pretty much the same. The only ones I’m not completely sold on are “Splash” and “Send Me a Picture” but they are not terrible songs by any means. My favorites are still “You’re My Favorite”, “Where Would I Be?”, “Red Flag”, “Naughty”, “Getting Warmer” and “Lovable”. Those all received 5’s from me.

        Did you get my email, by the way? 🙂

        1. Yes, I saw it last night, thank you!! I really like it! 😀

          I like Splash, but I agree about SMAP. I think Loveable should have been in its place. It makes me wonder if there are other songs as amazing as Loveable that she held back from sharing because of the personal nature. I hope we get to hear the rest of the material some day 😀

  16. And as fun, current and hit-sounding (and the album needed these) the songs about Blake may be… It’s the songs about Gavin that actually build the album for me: Me Without You, Red Flag, Naughty, Loveable and Used To Love You. These are the absolute gems for a long time Gwen fan!

  17. Aw I feel like Splash was hard done by on this review! But otherwise I completely agree. The whole album is stellar, so its hard to pick a favourite but I am definitely in love with Where Would I Be, You’re My Favourite and of course the kooky Gwen we know and love on Naughty, Red Flag and Rocket Ship! And I agree that the production on this album was super impressive… I love his sound but its SO refreshing not to have the trademark Pharrell production on a Gwen album!! I LOVE this album and really hope Asking 4 It is the next single because it will blow up!

  18. Hello!
    I personally feel that this is Gwen’s best solo work to date and i actually feel like this is her best work lyrically since ROS. I am SO EXCITED about this album! 😀
    I love so many of these songs and would probably give most of them 5/5! 😀
    Just curious guys, would you give any of Gwen’s songs or any of No Doubt’s songs a 5/5 so we can compare your ratings above to something?
    (And i wonder the same as Amanda G if you guys might have changed your ratings since first making them)

    Thank you for your excellence in keeping this website up to date with so much great information- it is such a great resource for us No Doubt/Gwen fanatics 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      Off the top of my head, I would give solid 5’s to Gwen’s “What You Waiting For?” and No Doubt’s “Home Now”. I think all of us have slightly different tastes and reasons in why we love this band but overall our scores kind of balanced each other out. I think it would be a fun challenge to tackle Gwen and the band’s other albums. And a lot of fun!

      I’m really glad to see it’s been a big success! I was nervous at first lol.

  19. I actually think SMAP is underrated. On repeat plays it really stands out. It may sound repetitive but the track has a seductive melody and entrancing quality about it. Perfectly encapsulates the infatuation stage of a nee relationship.

  20. While this new album has some breakup songs, the quintessential breakup album for me will always be Tragic Kingdom. Perhaps because the lyrics are so on point and you can feel the disappointment, sadness and rejection in such a tangible way. I chalk it up to losing your first great love and that is when all the emotions tend to be much more intense because there is a newness to everything. With the new album, she expresses similar emotions but they seem much more subdued and mature overall. “Idealistic will so hard to please…”

  21. Still making my list but I would be generous with 5 stars.
    All the positive reviews are bringing a second wave of buys, I have a feeling.
    The arrangements are great and the team she assembled elevated her already great lyrics.
    She seems so grateful for her success with this album. Happy for her!

  22. Great review! I LOVE this album and I think it’s her strongest of all of her solo ones. Sad that she’s at her best writing when her heart is broken but the songs about her new love are also strong. Go Gwen

    P.S. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t understand a damn word from Fetty Wap (but yet I still like his contribution!)

  23. I really dig most of the songs be in the album, my gave would be “You’re my Favorite”, Rare and Lovable. I’m sI happy for Gwen! Also Gwen’s going to be on SNL April 2nd ?

    1. Yes, she is! She confirmed that she will be perform “Make Me Like You” and another song from her new album. Crossing our fingers for “Misery” or whatever her next single will be!

  24. I guess different strokes for different folks…but I think Loveable is the weakest track off the whole album (which I LOVE of course). That weird sound effect sounds almost like someone is very erm…flatulent throughout the song.

    Like a gassy robot haha!

    Lyrically it’s also the only song that I don’t appreciate because it just sounds kind of like the old insecure Gwen (compared to Strong Gwen in Me Without You for example) when she expresses that oh I guess I’m loveable after all. Of course you are Gwen. Just my two cents.

    Otherwise excellent reviews!

  25. After 8 listens my ratings ranked from best to worst:
    1. Truth 11/10 (has already become one of my favorite gwen solo songs, would be great as a final single in the fall)
    2. Where Would I Be 10/10 (good 4th single for summer)
    3. Rare 10/10 (could be a single)
    4. Red Flag 9/10 (most underrated track)
    5. Getting Warmer 9/10 (can see it going #1 on the dance charts)
    6. Used to Love You 9/10
    7. Send Me A Picture 9/10
    8. Asking 4 It 8/10 (most hit potential needs to be 3rd single)
    9. Make Me Like You 8/10
    10. Rocket Ship 8/10 (would be epic if she performed this mixed with Crash live)
    11. Me Without You 7/10
    12. Misery 7/10
    13. Loveable 7/10
    14. Your My Favourite 7/10 (find this one overrated and it doesn’t really go anywhere for me)
    15. Obsessed 6/10 (probably the worst lyrics on the album)
    16. Splash 6/10
    17. Naughty 5/10 (really only song I’m not too keen on, should have been a bonus track replaced with Getting Warmer)

  26. Standard Songs:

    1. Misery _ 3.5 / 5
    2. You’re My Favorite _ 3 / 5
    3. Where Would I Be? _ 3.5 / 5
    4. Make Me Like You _ 5 / 5
    5. Truth _ 3 / 5
    6. Used To Love You _ 4 / 5
    7. Send Me a Picture _ 3 / 5
    8. Red Flag _ 4 / 5
    9: Asking 4 It _ 2 / 5
    10. Naughty _ 2 / 5
    11. Me Without You _ 3.5 / 5
    12. Rare _ 3 / 5

    Bonus/Deluxe Songs:

    1. Rocket Ship _ 3.5 / 5
    2. Getting Warmer _ 3.5 / 5
    3. Obsessed _ 4 / 5
    4. Splash _ 3 / 5
    5. Lovable _ 3.5 / 5
    6. War Paint _ 4 / 5

    STANDARD ALBUM = Catchiness (5) Originality (2) Lyrics (5)
    DELUXE EDITION: Catchiness (4.5) Originality (3) Lyrics (5)

    Comments: The album is too basic for Gwen, but there’s really great tracks like MMLY, UTLY or Red Flag. Also, MWY and Obsessed are cool. Every song has potential… but she had to make it sound everything so radio friendly… It pisses me off a little bit.

  27. Nice job with your review! Thanks! Is there any info out there about the other voices on certain tracks? I’m curious about War Paint especially as well as the vocals on Me Without You. Seems strange there aren’t any credits.

    1. Aw, thank YOU, Pam! I was assuming that the vocals on “Me Without You” were from Gwen but I can’t say for sure. The male chants on “War Paint” are incredible and I wish we had more info on it, too! It’s such a unique track and I’m surprised it didn’t make the the standard album.

      1. Ok thanks for the reply. Also forgot to say I think Naughty is my fav track also. Close tie with Where Would I Be 🙂

        There has to be info out there about War Paint! Hoping it will surface somewhere.

      2. Does anyone have the Japanese physical copy? Shouldn’t it say in the credits? I’m also curious who the male is in War Paint.

    2. I’m thinking the male vocal on War Paint is probably Lovy Longomba. He is a musician from Kenya and has writing credits on the song.

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