Asking 4 It
After a ten-year hiatus, Gwen Stefani’s triumphant return as a solo artist finds her exploring ties that bind, love and loss amidst bubbly pop—a befitting cocktail of emotion, given Stefani’s personal life preceding the album release. The peroxide crooner endured betrayal by her husband and the dissolution of her longtime marriage through constant limelight glare of The Voice before discovering new love. Her lilting voice flits between harmonizing and her trademark smoky, deep timbre throughout. Clean production merges hints of reggae and ska with pop, but solidifies Stefani’s departure from the sound of No Doubt.