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Alarm goes off, cell phone is lifted to face, news of Gwen Stefani’s new single is trending, Monday no longer sucks. That’s how our day started.
Our beloved Orange County girl is back to making music and between her stint on The Voice and her new single Baby Don’t Lie, a full comeback from Gwen Stefani is imminent.
The new lead single off Stefani’s upcoming untitled third solo album is written by Stefani along with Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella. How can it not be amazing?
First Listen: It’s not amazing. Oh gawd, oh gawd, how can this be? We thought our disappointment over No Doubt’s Push and Shove was all the heartache we could handle for a decade, but now Gwen’s comeback single is a stinker. It’s not really happy, it’s not really sad, it doesn’t go anywhere, and I don’t want to spontaneously throw a dance party on a Monday morning with the song on repeat.
Second Listen: This is Gwen-freaking-Stefani. Pull yourself together and actually liiiiisten. Hm, maybe we overreacted.
Third Listen: Okay, the bass that comes in after 30 seconds is pretty sweet. Also, the sitar-sounding instrument at the one minute mark is giving us feels.
Fourth Listen: Wait, are she and Gavin having problems? Nooooooooooo!
Fifth Listen: There are too many cooks in the kitchen. Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco are both hugely successful songwriters and producers on their own. Maybe having them both on the track is what’s taking away from a cohesive sound. Plus, we thought Pharrell would be on the first single. Where’s Pharrell? Where’s Tony Kanal? Where’s Linda Perry? Ugh, we’ll even take Akon on this point.
Sixth Listen: We are officially singing along at this stage, at least until the breakdown talk/sing part at 2:20. Can’t get on board with that.
Seventh Listen: Listening to the song in the kitchen while having our second breakfast is forcing us to do some booty drops in front of the sink. This is a promising sign.
Eighth Listen: We just read that the music video is coming out tomorrow and will be directed by Sophie Muller, which means the video should be good and make us like the song more. Small victories.
Ninth Listen: Final result: Baby Don’t Lie is not the second coming of What You Waiting For, Hollaback Girl, or even The Sweet Escape, but we are definitely ‘in like’ with it.