This Is What The Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #867 / 879
User Score
Based on 181 ratings
2016 Ratings: #759
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March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
Electropop, Pop / Genres
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Entertainment Weekly

She wears her girlishness on her own terms, and here it feels truer—and sounds stronger—­than it has in years.

Slant Magazine

It's easy to chastise aging pop stars for chasing trends or trying to recapture past glories, but those efforts here are thrown into sharp relief by the maturity of the album's first half. 


Cut away these excesses -- these moments of emotional bloodletting or thirsty appeals to the top of the charts -- and This Is What the Truth Feels Like manages to be as fleet, giddy, and charming as Gwen Stefani ever is.


Stefani ... channels her heartache into soaring studio pop.

Rolling Stone

A likable but low-personality version of her familiar bubble-pop solo mode, alternating between miffed breakup plaints and gushy new-boyfriend songs.


This Is What the Truth Feels Like plays to that older, female crowd. It’s “confessional”, but it’s vague, universal. It’s not even half as cutting as Return of Saturn, maybe No Doubt’s best album, where Gwen truly laid out all her deepest insecurities.


Stefani’s focus on the good times alternates with songs where she expresses cartoonish anger by awkwardly rapping and shouting non-sequiturs, and neither mode plays to her strengths as a songwriter and signature vocalist.

A.V. Club

While the album has its flaws, it is undeniably compelling when its glimmers of vulnerability push to the forefront.


In creating a schism between her punkish pep and her new-wave nostalgia, it leaves the former stranded and the latter generic.

Drowned in Sound

This Is What the Truth Feels Like is half-baked in places and perhaps a little too safe in others, but it’s really, properly genuine, and if she doesn’t leave it a decade next time, Stefani might still be able to make a great pop record. It’s in there, somewhere.

Consequence of Sound

Though she insists that she wasn’t out to make hits, the lack of a strong angle makes it feel like it was designed for mass audiences.

The Guardian
The truth is that this feels like little more than careerist chart fodder.
Pretty Much Amazing

There’s nothing even remotely inventive here. The main stylistic experiment here is a glut of trap-influenced beats, which is pretty low on the list of biggest risks a pop star can take in 2016.

Esse álbum é tão bom. A voz da Gwen combina demais com a vibe do projeto, que inclusive é muito bem produzido.
Anyone who knows me knows I was waiting very impatiently for this album. When she released Baby Don't Lie in 2014, I was sorta psyched and sorta disappointed. Then Spark the Fire came out and all I thought was "um what the hell is this?!" so part of me was glad she scrapped the album while the superfan in me was so disappointed that we wouldn't get a 2015 album. Now I'm glad she scrapped it because without that being scrapped, we wouldn't have this!! My main fear with this album was ... read more
Meghan Trainor would DIE to re-release this album with her vocals. No joke.

After her first two projects as a soloist, Gwen Stefani almost suffered from the same curse Fergie did: Releasing her next full album only after 10 years or so. Now dating the boomer Blake Shelton, the musical inspiration of many edgy teenage girls with a Tumblr account saw herself producing housewife content. That's right: "This Is What the Truth Feels Like" truly feels like the ugliest truth in pop music ... read more
Best songs: Asking for It, Misery e You're My Favorite.
Very underrated pop album!
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Year End Lists

#22/Slant Magazine

Track List

  1. Misery
  2. You're My Favorite
  3. Where Would I Be
  4. Make Me Like You
  5. Truth
  6. Used to Love You
  7. Send Me a Picture
  8. Red Flag
  9. Asking for It
  10. Naughty
  11. Me Without You
  12. Rare
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Added on: February 10, 2016