Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape

This sophomore solo album from the former No Doubt frontwoman is a heavily-processed collection of hip-hop and R&B flavoured tunes, courtesy of collaborators Neptunes, Nellee Hooper and others. Lead single Wind It Up picks up where Rich Girl left off, del

This sophomore solo album from the former No Doubt frontwoman is a heavily-processed collection of hip-hop and R&B flavoured tunes, courtesy of collaborators Neptunes, Nellee Hooper and others.

Lead single Wind It Up picks up where Rich Girl left off, delving further into 'ironic' kitsch territory, sampling yodels from The Sound Of Music and stapling it to a hard R&B bassline.

This, alongside Yummy and others, steps on Kelis' toes, but the milkshake maid needn't worry about the competition.

Her bad-girl pop-queen pitch is shattered with flim-flam ballad Early Winter - written by Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley - and a glut of girl-band candy-pop that clogs the rest of the disc. 2/5