Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Arts: Music: Gwen Stefani, The Sweet Escape

Gwen Stefanie, The Sweet Escape

By Almie Rose Vazzano

Here are few of my favorite things from Stefani’s The Sweet Escape: use of The Sound of Music’s “The Lonely Goatherd” in "Wind It Up," the jaunty title track that sounds like Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger,” and the giddy and silly “Yummy," an anthem to “sleepovers without pajamas." But when the dog bites and the bees sting, Stefani’s tracks sound like early Janet Jackson throwaways. “Orange County Girl” is the ghost of the superior No Doubt hit “Just A Girl.” In “Now That You Got It,” the only thing Stefani’s got is the same alarm sound effect Beyonce used in “Ring the Alarm.” Without “The Lonely Goatherd,” "Wind It Up" is a boring, unmemorable mess. This is made clear on the “Original Neptunes Mix," which lacks the *Sound of Music* sampling. Why include it? That’s like a magician revealing how the trick is done.

Rating: The hills are alive with the sound of Gwen, but they’re not thrilled.

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