The Sweet Escape (Explicit Version) CD (2006)

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The sophomore solo effort from No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani capitalizes on the qualities that made her debut, LOVE ANGEL MUSIC BABY, a success, namely the hip-hop-infused club sound she laid down on that album's smash single "Hollerback Girl." As on LAMB, SWEET ESCAPE boasts production work from the Neptunes, among other talented trackmasters (including Akron and No Doubt member Tony Kanal).

In general, Stefani backs off the new wave aesthetic she's usually associated with, although tunes like "Wonderful Life" and "Florescent" still burst with the quirky pop energy of the early 1980s. Instead, the majority of THE SWEET ESCAPE revels in the flashy glamour of the club vibe (as the cover photo of Stefani in sunglasses and platinum suggests), riding propulsive, rickety beats and singalong choruses, as on the hands-in-the-air title track or the Neptunes-helmed single "Wind It Up" (which features samples from THE SOUND OF MUSIC). The album missteps occasionally, but there is enough fun, fizzy dance-pop here to keep Stefani in the spotlight, and to satisfy her growing legion of fans.

Specifications

Label Interscope Records
SKU 203368979
UPC 602517144118
UPC 14 00602517144118
Format CD
Release Date 12/5/2006
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Author Gwen Stefani
Compilation Appearance Second Hand Smoke (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Disney-Radio Disney Jams V09 Cd/
Compilation Appearance Ultra Trance 07
Compilation Appearance Icon(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Icon(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Southpaw (ost)
Compilation Appearance Motion
Compilation Appearance Motion
Technical Info
Engineer Neil Kanal; Keith Gretlein; Angel Aponte; Jon Merritt; Julian Chan; Mark "Exit" Goodchild; Andrew Coleman; Greg Collins; Bojan Dugich; Colin Mitchell; Kevin Mills; Andrew Alekel; Simon Gogerly; Brian Garten
Producer The Neptunes; Swizz Beatz; Tony Kanal; Nellee Hooper; Giorgio Tuinfort; Mark "Spike" Stent; Sean Garrett; Aliaune Thiam; The Neptunes; Swizz Beatz; Tony Kanal; Pharrell Williams; Nellee Hooper
CatalogID 0008099
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 12/05/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517144118
Musical Guests
Pharrell Williams
Nellee Hooper
Tim Rice-Oxley
Tony Kanal
Akon
Angelo Moore
Martin L. Gore
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Talent Bootcamp Kids (vocals); Alex Dromgoole, Greg Collins (guitar, bass guitar); Mark Ralph, Martin Gore, Richard Hawley, Tony Love, Matt Beck (guitar); Angelo Moore (saxophone); Stephen Bradley (trumpet); Gabrial McNair (trombone, keyboards); Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, keyboards); Giorgio Tuinfort, Tony Kanal, Aliaune "Akon" Thiam (keyboards, programming); Loren Dawson, Pete Davis (keyboards); Anthony LoGerfo (percussion); Neil Kanal, Ewan Pearson, Aidan Love (programming); Sean Garrett (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mark "Spike" Stent; Phil Tan; Richard Travali; Pete Davis.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chalice Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Grandmaster Recorders, Ltd., Hollywood, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Home Recordings, London, England; Interscope Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Kingsbury Studios, Los Feliz, CA; Record Plant Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; South Beach Studios, Miami Beach, FL; The Nook Studio, Studio City, CA.
Photographers: Nicole Frantz; Cindy Cooper; Jill Greenberg.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Garnett March; Tony Seyler; Brian Bray; Missy Barone; Scott Enright; Ravid Yosef; David Cohen; Ryan O'Donnell; Andrew Mains; Neil Jacobson; Kerry Hickey; Ginger Ramsey; Tom Balla; David Saslow; Dennis Dennehy; Tom Williams; Jurgen Grebner; Robbie Snow; Brenda Romano; Wendy Diplock; Dyana Kass; Dave Tomberlin; Crystal Riley; Vivian Tran; Chris Lopes; Candace Berry; Nino Cuccinello; Jordan Glickson; Morgan Hartmann; Gretchen Anderson; Kathy Angstadt; Stephanie Johnson; Steve Berman; Martin Kierszenbaum.
The sophomore solo effort from No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani capitalizes on the qualities that made her debut, LOVE ANGEL MUSIC BABY, a success, namely the hip-hop-infused club sound she laid down on that album's smash single "Hollerback Girl." As on LAMB, SWEET ESCAPE boasts production work from the Neptunes, among other talented trackmasters (including Akron and No Doubt member Tony Kanal).
In general, Stefani backs off the new wave aesthetic she's usually associated with, although tunes like "Wonderful Life" and "Florescent" still burst with the quirky pop energy of the early 1980s. Instead, the majority of THE SWEET ESCAPE revels in the flashy glamour of the club vibe (as the cover photo of Stefani in sunglasses and platinum suggests), riding propulsive, rickety beats and singalong choruses, as on the hands-in-the-air title track or the Neptunes-helmed single "Wind It Up" (which features samples from THE SOUND OF MUSIC). The album missteps occasionally, but there is enough fun, fizzy dance-pop here to keep Stefani in the spotlight, and to satisfy her growing legion of fans.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.94) - "THE SWEET ESCAPE has a surprisingly moody, lightly autobiographical feel." -- Grade: B-
Q (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Stefani maintains an admirably off-kilter sound, catchy yet electronically edgy."
Artist Bio
As the lead singer of California neo-ska pop-punks No Doubt, Gwen Stefani gained notoriety for her spunky, riot grrrl-lite approach to fronting a rock band. On her 2004 solo debut, LOVE. ANGEL. MUSIC. BABY., Stefani pulled a musical about-face and fully embraced electronic, club, and hip-hop styles, cloaking the whole package in a sometimes-cute/sometimes-sexy J-pop aesthetic. Her solo album would prove to be a commercial juggernaut, garnering five Grammy nominations and pumping out charting singles nearly two years after its initial release.
Disc 1
1 Wind It Up
2 Sweet Escape, The - (featuring Akon)
3 Orange County Girl
4 Early Winter - (featuring Tim Rice-Oxley)
5 Now That You Got It
6 4 In The Morning
7 Yummy - (featuring Pharrell Williams)
8 Fluorescent - (featuring Angelo Moore)
9 Breakin' Up
10 Don't Get It Twisted
11 U Started It
12 Wonderful Life - (featuring Martin Gore)
Product Attributes
Artist Stefani,Gwen
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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