This Is What The Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #916 / 947
User Score
Based on 217 ratings
2016 Ratings: #506
Liked by 3 people
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.

Chato, decepcionante e esquecível, assim como eu descrevo o terceiro álbum de estúdio da cantora Gwen Stefani, eu gosto dela, ela tem músicas muito boas, mas não dá para defender esse álbum, tem poucas coisas aproveitáveis, como a balada emotiva "Used To Love You" que é uma boa música e "Misery", tem algumas músicas que são insurpotáveis de ouvir como "Red Flag" e ... read more
Esse album é um grande declinio na carreira de Gwen, após dois ótimos álbuns, gwen voltou depois de uma década de hiato com um álbum genérico e chato.

Ele começa com uma música decente, "Misery" tem uma produção decente porém seus vocais estão um pouco ruins."You're my favorite" e "Where would I Be" tem boas produções porém seus refrãos ... read more
Misery - 100
You're My Favorite - 80
Where Would I Be - 100
Make Me Like You - 100
Truth - 77
Used to Love You - 100
Send Me a Picture - 70
Red Flag - 70
Asking for It - 70
Naughty - 70
Me Without You - 70
Rare - 75
Rocket Ship - 34
Getting Warmer - 60
Obsessed - 20
Splash - 40
Loveable (International) - 0
Para os fãs que estavam esperando o mesmo padrão lançado anteriormente, este álbum é péssimo. Mas para os que tem visão e entendem a fase e o que Gwen estava interessada em mostrar, de forma alguma este álbum é ruim. Muito pelo ao contrário, este álbum é um pop maravilhosa e que complemente a diversidade da música no ano de 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
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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

Year End Lists

#22/Slant Magazine
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Added on: February 10, 2016