Love. Angel. Music. Baby

Love. Angel. Music. Baby

by Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani

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Overview

Gwen Stefani has come a long way, baby, from the secondhand frocks and Doc Martens she sported during No Doubt's lean O.C. days. The onetime tomboy has blossomed into a full-fledged fashionista with her own line of handbags and accessories (L.A.M.B. for Le Sport Sac), so it's only fitting that she'd take a break from her boy-band mates to record a fashion-conscious solo debut heavily inspired by her jaunts to Japan and her infatuation with trend-setting Harajuku girls. Stefani sounds best on Love. Angel. Music. Baby when she lends her purring, Dale Bozzio-meets-Madonna vocals to new wave–inspired dance grooves, like the dizzying, Nellee Hooper–crafted lead single, "What You Waiting For?" and the techno-pop of "Crash," co-produced by ex-boyfriend and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. Ever since No Doubt's "Don't Speak" struck a chord with both Valley girls and B-girls, Stefani's also become popular for her irresistibly melodramatic ballads, and here she offers the Dallas Austin–produced "Cool," with its whirling synths and hummable harmony. And those are just a few of the cooks Stefani invited into her kitchen for L.A.M.B. Other urban and dance producers spicing the stew include Dr. Dre, who offers "Rich Girl" -- an Eve-assisted take on Lady Saw's reggae rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof anthem "If I Were a Rich Man" -- and the Neptunes, who check in with two tracks. Although Stefani's ride-or-die chick rapping over the synth-and-boom-bap beat of the Neptunes' "Hollaback Girl" isn't that convincing, her fearless creativity does pay off on the scratch-infused, André 3000–assisted, "Long Way to Go," which sounds more like an Outkast track. With L.A.M.B., Stefani manages to weave her diverse musical sensibilities into her own indelible style.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602498638507
catalogNumber: 000346902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gwen Stefani   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Dallas Austin   Drums,Keyboards
Lisa Coleman   Keyboards
Eve   Rap
Peter Hook   Bass
Jimmy Jam   Bass,Bass Guitar
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Aaron Mills   Bass
Linda Perry   Guitar,Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Bernard Sumner   Background Vocals
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Guitar,Keyboards
Tony Kanal   Synthesizer,Keyboards
James "Big Jim" Wright   Keyboards
Naomi Martin   Background Vocals
Iz   Percussion,Drums
Mimi Parker   Background Vocals
André 3000   Keyboards,Vocals
MiMi "Audio" Parker   Background Vocals
Sheldon Conrich   Keyboards
Zoey Martin   Background Vocals
Johnny Vulture   Guitar,Keyboards
Seven   Background Vocals
Kevin Kendrick   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Dr. Dre   Audio Production
Jerry Bock   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
M. Batson   Composer
Johnny Copeland   Artwork,Logo
John Frye   Engineer
Nellee Hooper   Producer,Audio Production
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Lewis   Producer
Linda Perry   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,MIDI,Sound Design
Simon Gogerly   Programming,Engineer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Tony Kanal   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
T. Lewis   Composer
Aidan Love   Programming
Chad Hugo   Composer
Jolie Clemens   Art Direction
Cutmaster Swift   Cut
Ian Rossiter   Engineer
Pete Novak   Engineer
Ewan Pearson   Programming
André 3000   Producer,Audio Production
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Sam Littlemore   Programming
Jason Lader   Programming,Engineer
Lee Groves   Mixing Programmer
Johnny Vulture   Programming,Producer
Ian Cross   Engineer

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