This Is What the Truth Feels Like, released in March, Stefani returns to what she did best with No Doubt — breakup songs, albeit almost entirely devoid of her former band’s ska and reggae influences. The confessional collection finds Stefani in a somewhat smoother, occasionally Auto-Tuned voice and firmly in ultrapolished pop territory reminiscent of recent Tegan and Sara. Also Sunday, Oct. 16.
In the midst of her current, very public romantic roller coaster and resulting tabloid ubiquity, it’s easy to forget about Gwen Stefani’s actual music — and that she’s perhaps the most compelling live performer of the ’90s alt-rock generation. While Stefani’s tremulously winsome timbre is a deal-breaker for many, the Anaheimer’s deft mixing ’n’ matching of styles (musical and visual), otherworldly onstage energy and vulnerable, ordinary-gal-made-good lyrics resonate with millions. On third solo album