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Single Review: Gwen Stefani – “Baby Don’t Lie”

When I first laid eyes on the neon colored artwork for Gwen Stefani’s solo comeback single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” I could barely contain my excitement. It has been six years since Gwen has released a solo single, so I figured the lead single off her forthcoming record would pack a massive punch.

After the excitement of hearing something new from Gwen started to wear off, which took almost 24 hours, I was able to look at “Baby Don’t Lie” objectively. What I heard wasn’t what I was expecting.

Sadly, the artwork is the most exciting part of the reggae infused “Baby Don’t Lie”. Co-written by Benny Blanco and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, the track is all bark with little to no bite. Don’t get me wrong, “Baby Don’t Lie” isn’t a bad pop song. In fact, it is pretty enjoyable – just not that memorable. It’s just doesn’t feel like a step forward for Gwen. It offers up nothing really exciting, new or unexpected. The song actually feels like it could be from the “Hollaback Girl” era, which is pretty embarrassing considering that song was released almost a decade ago.

“Baby Don’t Lie” would be fine if we were three or four singles into a new album. It certainly isn’t a strong introduction to a brand new record. I am hoping Gwen has something stronger to offer up next. “Baby Don’t Lie” is out tomorrow.

When I first laid eyes on the neon colored artwork for Gwen Stefani's solo comeback single, "Baby Don't Lie," I could barely contain my excitement. It has been six years since Gwen has released a solo single, so I figured the lead single off her forthcoming record would pack a massive punch. After the excitement of hearing something new from Gwen started to wear off, which took almost 24 hours, I was able to look at "Baby Don't Lie" objectively. What I heard wasn't what I was expecting. Sadly, the artwork is the most exciting part of the reggae infused "Baby Don't Lie".…

Review Overview

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Overall Impact

Summary : Ultimately, "Baby Don't Lie" is a giant step backwards from Gwen Stefani. It's no "What You Waiting For?".

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