Louder Than War

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Just an American girl, in the Tokyo streets

Gwen Stefani - Harajuku Girls

No Doubt were always a band that produced the occasional brilliant single, but too often strayed towards embarrasing Ska. Well, Gwen Stefani has now ditched her band and only gone and produced one the the best pure pop albums of the year in Love Angel Music Baby.

Working with producers like Andre 3000, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes and even New Order - Stefani has succeeded in making an album that contains a few stone cold pop classics, even possibly marking her out as the natual successor to Madonna.

So yeah it's all a bit overblown, there are far too many people working on the project for it to be truly focused and there are still a few cringeworthy moments (Like her take on If I Were a Rich Girl).

Aside from the storming electro pop single What You Wating For, Harajuku Girls is my favourite track on the album - it even sounds like Papa Don't Preach at the start...


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