The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani
For my very first Overdue Review I'm going to give all my thoughts, song by song, on one of my favorite albums of all time (because it's my blog and I do what I want) - we're going back to 2006 with The Sweet Escape by (the queen of the Earth) Gwen Stefani. This album is like a cart of assorted desserts to me and I can't wait to stick my fork in:
1. Wind It Up
This is one of the most under-rated pre-gaming songs of all time. If you mix Gwen, Pharrell, and The Sound of Music samples around in a cauldron, you're bound to have a grade A witches brew. This the anthem for ladies, like me, who go out literally just to dance by themselves.
2. The Sweet Escape
Talk about one of the catchiest songs of all time. The day I learned to sing the right words to the "fast" part was a game changer. And, because you're my friend, I'm here to help you out -
I've been acting like sour milk all on the floor
It's your fault you didn't shut the refrigerator
Maybe that's the reason I've been acting so cold
Go impress someone, you can thank me later. On a side note, can we start getting Akon on more features again?
3. Orange County Girl
My heart melts when she sings "Hanging in the garage, me and ND." Hallelujah -
this woman never forgets where she came from.
You know I'd pay you just to let me write, dance and sing
CAN RELATE. Where I come from couldn't be farther away from Orange County, CA, but this song makes me feel like I was born and raised there.
4. Early Winter
Okay, as much as I love Gwen, this review can't be all rainbows and butterflies. This definitely isn't one of my favorite songs; I think it's because I enjoy the whimsical Gwen over the more slow, ballad one, but hey - different strokes for different folks. Also, in New England we always have early winters. That's just called winter to us. So she lost me pretty early on this one.
5. Now That You Got It
Sassy Gwen is back on this one! She's a woman who knows what she wants and there's not a damn thing wrong with that. This should be our mantras daily -
I'm the raddest queen of them all
I can have anyone, so what I want
Perfect, get it right, never wrong
So you gonna step it up or you gon' be gone
6. 4 In the Morning
I know I originally said I didn't love the Gwen ballads, but this is my one exception. This song is emotional af.
And all I know is
You've got to give me everything
Nothing less 'cause
You know I give you all of me
Wise lesson: If you're fighting with your lover, don't ever go to bed mad. Hash it out until 4 in the morning if you have to. My mom and Gwen both taught me that so it's legit.
Deadass, this song smells like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and tastes like candy stores at the beach. If that were the case, I'd probably drop my life savings on a 10 pound bag. Pharrell Williams instantly makes any song cooler just by breathing on it.
Sex and sugar is the flavor
Ovens and beaters and graters
Beats made of bongos and shakers
Sing this song to yourself in the mirror and guaranteed your confidence level will increase by 1000%. It's just science.
If you've ever been obsessed with your SO and wondered why they would ever be with you, then you totally get this one. And this is entirely the story of my life (shout out to ZV, you the real MVP my love.)
I must have lost my mind
I can't believe you're still inside my bed
I nearly walked away, I didn't think we'd still be rollin'
A beautiful, accurate love song for our generation.
9. Breakin' Up
This song actually goes really hard and is probably the most angsty on the whole album. Gwen kills metaphors; she uses "breakin' up" on her phone as a metaphor for breakin' up IRL if that went over your head. We get a taste of rapping Gwen in this one which is always a treat. Another one co-written by Pharrell so how could it be bad?
10. Don't Get It Twisted
This song is literally about Gwen discovering she was pregnant which is amazing. At first that might be hard to miss because the beat is so fun (the opposite of what I imagine discovering "SURPRISE you're pregnant" would be,) but if you listen to the lyrics, it's incredibly obvious.
Lip locked, making out again, no big deal
You always say that, but I'm not a mathematician
Twenty-eight days in a normal cycle
If not I'm mistaken, I think you might have made a goal
Interestingly enough, this song was co-written by her ex and No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal... awkward.
11. U Started It
Probably my least favorite song on the album. Honestly, this one reminds me of a song you'd hear in the background at a grocery store. Easy listening, but kind of boring for my taste. I know what I said about Pharrell doing no wrong earlier, but there's an exception to every rule my friends.
12. Wonderful Life
I always felt like this album could've ended with something spicier, but what do I know. At the end of the day, it is a wonderful life damnit. Best lyrics in my opinion -
Thank you for those special moments
You will always be here, in my mind
Did you know you changed my life?
Lesson: Always let someone know if they changed your life for the better. What do you have to lose?
I'm not always going to review my favorite albums, but I figured I had to start things of with a bang. This baby gets a 8/10.
When I moved to college freshman year, I listened to this album on loop for the entire 4 hour drive. With that being said, it's helped me through some weird times so it was beautiful to relive that again (I only cried like 3 times so HA!) Thanks for reliving it with me.
What album makes you have more feelings than your comfortable with? Maybe I'll have to review that one next 💜