This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #701 / 721
User Score
Based on 112 ratings
2016 Ratings: #477
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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.

Dec 22, 2016
what the fuck
Mar 25, 2016
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
Mar 20, 2016
Best songs: Asking for It, Misery e You're My Favorite.
Jan 13, 2018
i would say something like "If this is what the truth feels like, then PLEASE LIE TO ME HAHAHAHA" but thats really corny so I won't say it seriously.

But yeah this is garbage. I just can't get past her annoying fucking voice. I mean this women did like half of the troll's soundtrack. That should tell you enough about her and her music.
Jan 7, 2018
✔ "Misery", "Where Would I Be?", "Truth", "Red Flag" and "Loveable"
✘ "Make Me Like You"
#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

Added on: February 10, 2016