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Learn more about The Sweet Escape (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 203368979
UPC: 602517144118
UPC 14: 00602517144118
Release Date: 12/5/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wind It Up ~ Gwen Stefani
2. Sweet Escape, The - (featuring Akon) ~ Gwen Stefani
3. Orange County Girl ~ Gwen Stefani
4. Early Winter - (featuring Tim Rice-Oxley) ~ Gwen Stefani
5. Now That You Got It ~ Gwen Stefani
6. 4 In The Morning ~ Gwen Stefani
7. Yummy - (featuring Pharrell Williams) ~ Gwen Stefani
8. Fluorescent - (featuring Angelo Moore) ~ Gwen Stefani
9. Breakin' Up ~ Gwen Stefani
10. Don't Get It Twisted ~ Gwen Stefani
11. U Started It ~ Gwen Stefani
12. Wonderful Life - (featuring Martin Gore) ~ Gwen Stefani
 
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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Mark "Spike" Stent; Phil Tan; Richard Travali; Pete Davis.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Nicole Frantz; Cindy Cooper; Jill Greenberg.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.

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

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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Nellee Hooper
Muze Guest Artist Tim Rice-Oxley
Muze Guest Artist Tony Kanal
Muze Guest Artist Akon
Muze Guest Artist Angelo Moore
Muze Guest Artist Martin L. Gore
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review CD Review: Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape
By: Michael Fraiman Cinema Blend CD Reviews
Published on: 12/11/2006 12:00 AM
In a world of repetitive beeps and synthesized strings, The Sweet Escape is a surprisingly eclectic mix of dance tracks. Sure, like most pop singers, Gwen is relying mostly on simple sex appeal, but she's careful not to fall back on it exclusively. The few key songs that are actually enjoyable-there are maybe five-elevate the rest of this standard dance-floor fare to a notch above the norm. ...read the full review
Expert Review Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape - CD
By: T. Michael Testi Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 12/20/2006 2:17 PM
Originally Stefani did not want to do another solo effort. In fact, she has been working out with No Doubt but she had some tracks leftover from the L.A.M.B. sessions that she wanted to release. She took the tracks, which include "Wonderful Life" and created a different style of CD then her last one....read the full review

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Second Hand Smoke (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 1's
Muze Music Compilations Together As One
Muze Music Compilations Disney-Radio Disney Jams V09 Cd/
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 8
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Trance 07
Muze Music Compilations Icon(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Icon(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations V (Deluxe Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/05/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0008099
Music Label Name Label : Interscope (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517144118

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."

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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Stefani,Gwen
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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