The Sweet Escape

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Clever lyrics about the twists and turns of love.

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

Positive Messages

All over the map... alternately pissy and poignant. Also Stefani said in an interview with EW that the look she was going for on the album cover was that of a "coke whore."


Some heavy-breathing innuendo. One song is about a pregnancy scare.


"S--t" is used several times.


CD includes insert ad for ringtones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gwen Stefani's voice has a way of cutting through. Lyrics can be heard loud and clear, so parents who are sticklers for sexual innuendo (addressing complex sexual and relationship issues) and occasional four-letter words (mostly "s--t") will definitely notice them when they pop up. The "clean" version is well-produced, providing an alternative that's edited less clumsily than most.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bysingersmartguy17 April 9, 2008

not for kids!!!!

This is a great album for people mature enough. As an adult, I love this album. It's full of fun, catchy songs! However, parents must be warned about sever... Continue reading
Adult Written bykuteyg April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 December 3, 2009

A Great Gwen album!!!

Really fun, and a lot of good messages. It's not all bad. :)
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Not surprisingly, Ms. Stefani's clever phrasing and intelligent lyrics, along with her in-your-face delivery, are the stars of the show on her second solo album, THE SWEET ESCAPE. But the fun doesn't end there, as we move from the loopy counter-intuitive changes on "Wind It Up" (beginning with a bit of "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music), through a hypnotic bongo-beat on "Yummy," all the way through to the dance-club ambiance of "U Started It." Lyrics are quick-witted and contain a lot of heavy breathing, mostly dealing with the twists and turns of romantic entanglements.

Is it any good?

Quirky surprises, often involving the creative use of percussion and rhythm tracks, make this CD percolate and sizzle. Songs careens through a variety of statements and styles, including R&B, pop, and even musical theater influences. Though there's no breathtaking energizer like "Hollaback Girl" here, you'll still find a collection of worthwhile songs. Once again, Gwen Stefani has presented the world with a smart, passionate, and eclectic collection of tunes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the unique percussion tracks Gwen Stefani uses on these songs. How does the beat affect mood or message? If you played any of these songs with a different rhythm, would that change the meaning?

Music details

  • Artist: Gwen Stefani
  • Release date: December 5, 2006
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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