Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Raunchy attitude along with playful fun.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

Innuendo with a wink.

Language

A light sprinkling of four-letter words.

Consumerism

Lots of products named, including her new clothing line.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album isn't not squeaky clean (some sexual innuendo, a light sprinkling of four-letter words, and a drug reference or two), but it is loads of fun.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
A whole lotta language, especially in "Hollaback Girl"
And you gotta wonder what the relationship is between Stefani and her crew of Asian women.
Not... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 12, 2011

Ex Rockstar brings on the love.

This album never actually feels explicit. There is some language and innuendo, but honestly, it never seems to push it to the extreme. All of these songs have p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byshadow0896 October 13, 2010
such a cool song and album

What's the story?

On Gwen Stefani's first solo album, LOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, BABY, the No Doubt singer keeps the party going from beginning to end, with catchy dance grooves that somehow sound both classic and original. Impressive tracks include \"Hollaback Girl,\" produced by The Neptunes, and \"Bubble Pop Electric\" with Johnny Vulture. \"Real Thing\" includes both New Order and Wendy and Lisa, and actually works. A high point is \"Rich Girl,\" on which Dr. Dre and Eve appear along with a familiar musical reference to \"Fiddler on the Roof,\" vaguely Middle-Eastern-sounding percussion, electric rhythm guitar, and a sweetly sung chorus of background vocals.

Is it any good?

It's not squeaky clean by any means -- there's some gleeful raunch and a lot of nasty-girl attitude -- but the CD is delightful because of its many musical juxtapositions and surprises. There's some sexual innuendo, a light sprinkling of four-letter words, and a drug reference or two, but your teens have heard a lot worse on CDs with far less musical integrity and imagination. Stefani provides energy and attitude with her uniquely cynical-but-sassy little girl vocal style, but the uninhibited and imaginative arrangements are the real star of the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about combining varied musical influences in unique and interesting ways while listening to "Rich Girl."

Music details

  • Artist: Gwen Stefani
  • Release date: November 23, 2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 20, 2015

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