I must confess that it took me over a month to finally go out and buy this album. And I am grateful I did for what it gave my tired self after the holidays. Yes, it is nothing more than refined pop and over the top greatly produced tunes. But is exactly what we needed from somebody who has spent her entire life experimenting with sound, noise and everything in between. The title of Gwen Stefani’s solo debut album sounds like several words picked out from air to form an inane whole. The album’s twelve tracks are painfully hip and spiral out in all directions, from musings on Harajuku girls to reflections on what life would be like if she were a, let’s see, rich girl.
To quote a line from ‘Rich Girls’, “See, I’d have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl”, one can only comment, how terribly insightful, Gwen. Lyrical dexterity or depth certainly isn’t the lead singer of No Doubt’s forte, but as the album’s first single ‘What You Waiting For?’ demonstrates, musically, Gwen does possess the edge and groove for a sufficiently fun and palatable musical experience. L.A.M.B boasts collaborations with some of music’s big names like Eve, Dr. Dre and the Neptunes, Andree 300 and Jimmy Jam. The end result is a flamboyant, 80’s infused collection of egocentric revelry. A limited edition also comes with a CD case personally designed by the singer herself. Erm, thanks… baby?