I participated in this sponsored album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided the album to review, but all opinions are my own.
One of my favorite forms of self-care is putting in my earbuds and tuning the world out. With two little ones at home, sometimes you need to step away and have some quiet time just for you. I don’t get to do it often, but when I do, it is oh so refreshing. Amazing what not speaking for an hour can do for your mind, right? I had the opportunity a few days ago to have about an hour of peacefulness to myself, and I decided to listen to Gwen Stefani’s new album This is What the Truth Feels Like. Gwen is an amazing artist and fashion icon, and I appreciated having the opportunity to listen to her new tunes uninterrupted (thanks kids!). I wouldn’t say I’m a Gwen Stefani superfan, but who didn’t have “Hollaback Girl” playing on loop in high school? Not to mention the awesome songs she recorded with No Doubt….but I digress.Gwen’s new album feels a lot more personal that her past albums. Don’t get me wrong, Love.Angel.Music.Baby and The Sweet Escape are still rotating on my playlists during road trips, but they are definitely more “pop” like than the things she used to produce with No Doubt. The personal themes of love and loss that we all experience are very present throughout all of the tracks on This is What the Truth Feels Like, but my favorites are definitely “Misery” and “Make Me Like You.” Both songs are quite different, lyrically and sound-wise, but they both speak of love and heartbreak in very relatable ways. I’ve always been drawn to Gwen’s funky style, in both music and fashion, and this album is no exception.
“Used to Love You” is another song I found especially intriguing. The lyrics are sorrowful, but so relatable. I feel like this would have been a great album to blast in the car when I was 16 and feeling that oh-so-dejecting teenage angst over life (oh the angst that consumed me when I was young….). Gwen captures the emotional highs and lows of loving someone very well in this new album.
This is What the Truth Feels Like consists of 12 tracks with 4 bonus tracks being available through in-store purchase at Target and online through Target.com. There are also a limited number of special album bundles available directly through Gwen Stefani’s website if you’re a superfan who would just love those little extras they’ll be throwing in. If you’re like me, and you just want to get it on your iPhone or iPod as fast as you can, you can always go the iTunes route as well. Do you have a favorite Gwen Stefani song or album? I’d love to know what you think of her style! Don’t forget to connect with Gwen on social media and tell her directly what you think about her music!