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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Parent Written byChristy Deckys April 9, 2008
Written byAnonymous August 24, 2011

There's a parental tag for a reason.

Just don't listen to the music if you don't like it. Sure there is a lot of cursing in Hollerback Girl, but if you don't like the music don't bother listening to it. I love the songs Luxurious, and What You Waiting For. Classic
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 positive messages, such as loving yourself and seeing the world differently. Even anti-racism lines. This is a fantastic album for teens and adults.
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