'Love' To Love You, Gwen
To hear No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani tell it, she's just a girl from Orange County following a dream. "I'm just like you, except I write songs," Stefani says. "I feel like I'm doing something right. And right now, I feel like I'm in a good place in my life."
"This is my dance record," she says of "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," her solo debut for Interscope. "I had always wanted to do a dance record, but 'dance' is misleading [because] the definition of 'dance music' around the world is so different."
The set includes the work of numerous producers, songwriters and musicians: Dr. Dre and Eve ("Rich Girl"), the Neptunes ("Hollaback Girl"), Wendy & Lisa and New Order's Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner ("Real Thing"), Dallas Austin ("Cool"), OutKast's Andre 3000 ("Long Way to Go"), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis ("Harajuku Girls") and No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal ("Serious"). Stefani co-wrote all the tracks on the album.
Stefani's "dance record" -- not to be confused with today's four-on-the-floor underground club music -- is steeped in all things '80s, from Lisa Lisa and Debbie Deb to Depeche Mode and the Cure, from Prince and Club Nouveau to Missing Persons and L'Trimm. "Everyone I worked with was under strict instructions as far as inspiration goes," Stefani says. "I wanted to recapture the feeling I had when I first heard those songs."