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Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Raunchy attitude along with playful fun.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Innuendo with a wink.


A light sprinkling of four-letter words.


Lots of products named, including her new clothing line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of drug references.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byjduran April 9, 2008

Great Pop Album (for Adults)

Gwen masks sexual innuendo, drug refrences and commercialism rather well and it would probably fly over a child's head, however some songs are probably innapropriate for kids like "Hollaback Girl," "Bubble Pop Electric," "Luxurious" and "Crash." I think it's pretty obvious Gwen didn't intend the CD to be for the young tweens. "Bubble Pop Electric" takes the cake by how she is going to "run it like a track meet" in the backseat of a car. However, next to "What You Waiting For?" its probably to the best song on the album.
Parent Written byChristy Deckys 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 for kids.