Gwen Stefani, ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’


Aidin Vaziri | Gwen Stefani is at her best when her life is turned upside-down. “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” the No Doubt singer’s latest solo album, arrives after a particularly prolific period of personal drama — husband Gavin Rossdale, the singer of Bush and father of her three children, had an affair with the nanny, sending a devastated Stefani into the loving arms of country singer Blake Shelton, a fellow coach on the NBC singing competition “The Voice.” She doesn’t hold back in new songs like “Make Me Like You” and “Used to Love You,” where she alternately laments and celebrates her romantic travails over effervescent, ’80s-leaning pop. The album is peak Stefani, at once embarrassingly confessional, endearingly wide-eyed and, apart from a few overreaching cuts (we’re looking at you, “Red Flag” and “Naughty”), irresistible through and through.