By: Madyson McGill
Gwen Stefani is finally releasing new solo music after 10 long years. Stefani has been busy in the studio for the passed year writing for her new anticipated album. On February 9th, Stefani released a full 12-song track list for This is What the Truth Feels Like on Twitter. According to Billboard Stefani told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 “that she probably had enough songs for two albums…” Does this mean fans can expect another album somewhere soon down the line? Or will fans ever hear the songs that didn’t make the cut? I guess they’ll just have to wait and see.
People magazine was the first to premiere the cover art for the new album, which is scheduled to be released on March 18. By the looks of the album cover it seems like Stefani’s inspirations for this album are drawn on the cover loud and clear. Tear drops cascade down her cheeks symbolizing what seems like heartbreak, and the hearts in the upper corners make it seem like she’s got love on the mind.
Looking at her track list and finding songs titled “Used to Love You”, “Misery”, and “Me Without You” support the covers sketched illustrations. In a radio interview with San Diego’s 93.9 Stefani had this to say about her new album, “I would consider [the new album] a breakup record.” adding, “It just makes me believe in God and my journey. My cross to bear was to go through these heartbreaks and write these songs and help people.” Fans of Gwen Stefani wait anxiously in the shadows for the release of the album to experience her journey with her.
Last year Stefani released the breakup anthem “Used to Love You,” which according to Huffington Post was “a heartbreaking ballad inspired by the collapse of her marriage to Gavin Rossdale…” The single is a modern take on a break-up ballad, keeping an upbeat tempo with Stefani’s unique sound and powerful vocals. Her newest single “Make Me Like You,” contrasts the prior single with a danceable tune about newly found love making it seem like she found a sweet escape from her heartbreak. The video for “Make Me Like You,” will premiere during the Grammys, the audio for the song was released last week.
From the singles fans can listen to, Stefani seems to be on her way to a comeback as a solo artist. Till the release of her new album fans can reminisce in her solo glory days where she made sure everyone knew how to spell bananas with “Hollaback Girl” released back in 2005.